Urban Corps Charter School
Maintaining a standard of excellence that places Corpsmembers’ needs at the center of everything it does is the centerpiece of the organization and the onsite charter school. The Urban Corps of San Diego County is firmly committed to providing an educational program that emphasizes the integration of “learning, earning & conserving.” Urban Corps Charter School offers young adults ages 18-25 with a second chance to earn a high school diploma. Academics are accelerated yet flexible, providing students with an opportunity to participate in community service projects and receive targeted vocational job training in the green economy which simultaneously connects with their school studies. Almost 85% of participants in the Urban Corps program are high-school drop-outs and about 65% are single parents.
Corpsmembers work 32 hours each week in the community learning tangible job skills and earning vocational credits. They attend school one day each week and spend one hour each day after work in a CAHSEE study group to prepare for the California High School Exit Exam.
For most participants this is their last opportunity to obtain a high school diploma, making the commencement exercises, held three times per year, a monumental occasion in the lives of these young people. Scholarships are available to those Corpsmembers who achieve extraordinary academic success while at the Urban Corps, and express broad goals for future achievement in post-secondary education