STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Issues affecting Hispanic student achievement are well chronicled, including the lack of quality affordable pre-school education, low English reading comprehension, lack of role models, and low enrollment in high school math and science courses needed for college. These are just a few of the factors contributing low numbers of Hispanics pursuing hi-tech careers. The Hispanic population of Silicon Valley is close to 30%, yet our representation in the ranks of local hi-tech firms is below 3%.
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) strongly believes that the future of our Hispanic community in Silicon Valley, California, and the nation depends on the current generation of students being more successful in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. This language needs to be changed to our current status/work.
Elevate [Math]/Elevate [Math] Plus – Formerly known as Stepping Up to Algebra (SUTA) and Stepping Up to Algebra Plus (SUTA+)
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) provides a year around math program to address Algebra and eventually the new Common Core math subjects for 8th grade students. Elevate [Math] Plus (E[M]+) is offered throughout the school year on either Saturdays or after-school across 20+ school districts in both Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. E[M]+ sessions are offered through a partnership between with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and serve 8th grade students Algebra 1 following a 4 week summer program. The summer program, called Elevate [Math] (E[M]) is also offered by HFSV and SVEF partnership. In E[M], nearly 1,000 students learn from credentialed teachers, teaching assistants, and a growing number of volunteers that help students increase their math proficiency on the former Algebra California Standard Test (CST) from basic to proficient or advanced. The new Elevate (Math) curriculum has now been aligned with the new common core standards.
Please follow the links below to learn more about the Elevate [Math]/Elevate [Math] Plus and Math Acceleration Programs (E[M]/E[M]+/MAP Programs).