Experience Our History

Teaching should strive to develop social and intellectual consciousness through respectful, cooperative, engaged, and activity-based dialogues between the teachers and students.

Escuela Popular is a family learning center that serves Pre K-12 children and adults who are seeking a high school diploma. Lidia Reguerin an educator of over 50 years of experience founded Escuela Popular. This community based grassroots school to address the growing need for English classes in east San Jose and has been providing educational services since 1986. Within the first year of operation, the demand for learning grew rapidly and Escuela Popular continued to expand in number of students, classes and services. In the 23 years of service, Escuela Popular has sustained itself and continued to grow from the support of its student body.

The school was founded on the teaching principles of Paulo Freire. Escuela Popular views popular education as a collective effort in which teachers and learners are not two distinct groups. Escuela Popular prides itself in developing its own homegrown teaching staff. Many graduates return to Escuela Popular as teachers. Freire believed that authentic instruction is a “pedagogy of hope” for the poor and for politically disempowered people.

The Student Fund


Maestra Lidia firmly belived that everyone regardless of circumstances can achieve their dreams.   She established the Escuela Popular Student Fund in 2009 as an effort to provide Escuela Popular alumni scholarships to attend institutions of higher education.


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Experience Our History

Experience Our History