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Downtown College Preparatory

Preschool | Grades 8-12 | San Jose Unified
1460 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 271-1730

About This School

Downtown College Preparatory is located in San Jose, CA and is one of 52 schools in San Jose Unified School District. It is a charter school that serves 412 students in grades 8-12.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Downtown College Preparatory's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Downtown College Preparatory had an API growth score of 734 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Downtown College Preparatory's 2012 base score was 715 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Downtown College Preparatory had 22 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

48% 52%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

per student
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All Grades Algebra I Performance

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I think that in the past Downtown College Prep (DCP) was breaking grounds in the charter movement, and they were living up to their mission of helping underprivilaged students. However, in recent times, they have lost sight of their goals, and this can be demonstrated by the programs they have cut. For instance, when DCP first opened its doors, it required all of its students to stay after school for mandatory tutorial. That program has been cut, and the school has suffered tremendously, and this demonstrated by the low state test scores they have recieved. I hope that DCP can get back to its core values because I was a student that graduated from their, and I want to see DCP flurish again!

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