STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
The 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. San Jose is the nation’s tenth largest city, and we pride ourselves as the “Capital of Silicon Valley.” The Hispanic population of Silicon Valley is close to 30%, yet our representation in the ranks of local hi-tech firms is far below that level.
The Foundation 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. To this end we are pursuing partnerships with other foundations, corporations, and business, education and community leaders to address the enrollment and graduation rates of Hispanic students in these fields.
Algebra Review Program
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) has launched a Saturday Algebra Review Project (ARP) that is an Algebra I intervention program offered to 8th grade students. ARP is offered every other Saturday from October through May, across 15 Santa Clara County school districts. ARP sessions, offered through a partnership between HFSV and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), serve 8th grade students recently placed in Algebra 1 following a 4 week summer program. This summer program, called Stepping Up To Algebra (SUTA), is also offered by HFSV and SVEF partnership. In ARP, 450 students learn from credentialed teachers, teaching assistants, and a growing number of volunteers that help students increase their California Standard Test (CST) proficiency from basic to proficient or advanced.
Please follow the links below to learn more about the Stepping Up to Algebra/Math Acceleration Program (SUTA/MAP Program).