Students From Charter School Serving The Latino Community Earn 10% Of Their Bachelor’s Degree, Defying The Odds

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San Antonio charter school students leverage an innovative approach to combining high school and college to earn 10% of their bachelor’s degree, ensuring a bright future for these students from an under-served community.

CollegePlus! helps charter school students earn college credit

Jubilee charter school students recognized for earning college credit.

Our students are looking for ways to personalize their education to get to that next level and we figured that this was the way to do that.

Nine students from Jubilee Academy, a charter school in south San Antonio, have finished the school year on a high note by completing 10% of their bachelor’s degree in conjunction with their high school studies.

This significant success has paved the way for these students to transition to college as the credit the Jubilee Academy students have earned can transfer to over 2,900 regionally accredited colleges and universities across the United States.

A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center revealed that only 33% of Hispanic students ages 18 to 24 are enrolled in college, making this is an important victory for the Jubilee students.

“We are promoting post-secondary education,” said Jubilee principal Israel Rios. “We want our students to go to college and we provide them those opportunities. Once they get that initial success, they pursue it further.”

By partnering with CollegePlus!, a provider of innovative and personalized higher education programs, Jubilee has helped students close the gap between their dreams of higher education and the multitude of odds they face.

“Our students are looking for ways to personalize their education to get to that next level and we figured that this was the way to do that,” said Rios.

CollegePlus! gave the students access to their private LearningNetwork which the students used to sharpen their academic skills and confidently prepare to take the tests required to earn college credit.

Kamilah Vargas, a Jubilee student said, “Oh no, I couldn’t have passed the test to earn the college credit without CollegePlus!”

Most of the Jubilee students who earned college credit were freshman and sophomores. This was the first time in Jubilee's history that freshman students earned college credit in conjunction with their high school studies.

CollegePlus! plans on expanding their school partnerships next year to help under-served charter school realize their dreams of earning an accredited college degree while preparing for life beyond college.


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