East San Jose school network celebrates first class graduating

Founding sixth grade teacher at Alpha Public Schools Bianca Wright, center, stands with former students Abel Cuevas and Mayra Luna, left to right, during a celebration held in their honor on June 5. Photo credit: Courtesy of Alpha Public Schools

Alpha Public Schools

Six years after welcoming its first students, Alpha Public Schools celebrated the 39 students who are now graduating from high school.

Alpha: Blanca Alvarado, the first of four schools within Alpha Public Schools, opened with sixth and seventh grade students in 2012. When it came time for the original seventh grade class students to go to high school, Alpha was a year out from opening its own. Students attended a variety of schools, many local. This spring, Alpha’s founding students are graduating most with plans to attend either a two- or a four-year college this fall.

“Alpha was started by mothers who knew East San Jose students could rise to the challenge of higher expectations if given the opportunity,” said Alpha Founder and CEO John Glover. “These students have worked hard to make that vision for our community a reality. We’re excited to celebrate what they have achieved and will accomplish.”

Students were invited to a class reunion on June 5 to reconnect with classmates and teachers before heading off to college. Alpha alumni are planning to attend a variety of colleges including: University of Southern California, Vanguard University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced and Stanislaus State.

Among the first class is Mayra Luna. She is graduating from Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School in June and attending Cornell University in the fall in pursuit of a career in human resources.  

“Alpha is where I learned everything that got me to the place I am right now,” said Luna. “Alpha gave me the courage and allowed me to see that I am capable of attending really big institutions that I know are going to help me success in life.”  

Paulina Rivera, graduating from Summit: Tahoma in San Jose, plans to study nursing or psychology at Stanislaus State University in the fall.

“Alpha was a great community that helped shape me into who I am and helped prepare me for what was to come,” she said.

To learn more about enrollment at Alpha Public Schools, please visit https://alphapublicschools.org.