Our Vision

Our family learning center builds on students’ social, linguistic, and cultural strengths with the intent to develop bilingual, biliterate, bi-cultural students fully prepared to continue on to higher education and empowered to pursue their stated goals. Our community of teachers, students, parents, and staff believe that teaching is an act of love and learning is a life-long activity.

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History & Purpose

Escuela Popular (EP) began as a community based grassroots school to address a growing need for English instruction in East San Jose and as a consequence, has been providing educational services since 1986.

Within the first year of its operation, the demand for learning and schooling grew rapidly and Escuela Popular continued to expand in numbers of students, classes, and services to meet the growing need.

In 1999, Escuela Popular was invited to operate a satellite campus of a new charter school organization. We seized upon the opportunity to expand our services to the community at large by providing a dual language kindergarten through eighth grade academy, along with a high school academy for youth, and in keeping with our vision of EP as a family learning center, an academy for parents and adults. In 2002, Escuela Popular was able to function independently and acquired its own nonprofit status, assuming the name Escuela Popular del Pueblo.

Who We Are Today

A Crowning Achievement: a six-term accreditation  from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Three successful charter renewals testifying to the confidence of East Side Union High School District in the work that we do.

Escuela Popular’s philosophy is to enhance the opportunity for achievement “before, throughout, and beyond” high school. We are also committed to providing meaningful learning experiences in a small school setting.

Interdependent Academies

Believing that learning is social and connected, we have established interdependent academies:

  • Childcare Academy (For the infants and children of the High School students for AM and PM sessions)
  • TK-8th Dual Language Academy  (90/10 Immersion Program)
  • High School Youth Bilingual Academy (Under 19 years of age)
  • High School Adults Bilingual Academy and Vocational Training (AM and PM sessions)


Dual Language Academy

High School Academy

We welcome children and adults of all ages to build on their social, linguistic and cultural strengths to develop bilingual, bicultural students fully prepared for higher education and empowered to pursue their life-long goals.

Our balanced curriculum includes English instruction as well as other fundamental courses required by the State of California. Our staff are nurturing and responsive to the needs of each student, making Escuela Popular a well-known center for high school education.

About Escuela Popular

About Escuela Popular