City Heights Educational Collaborative

The City Heights Educational Collaborative is a partnership between San Diego State University (SDSU), the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), the San Diego Education Association (SDEA), and Price Philanthropies to improve educational outcomes at Rosa Parks Elementary, Monroe Clark Middle, Wilson Middle and Hoover High.

Students from SDSU’s College of Education and College of Health and Human Services perform internships at the four schools and SDSU faculty uses the schools for research in urban education.

SDSU employs an executive director for the Collaborative who serves in many respects as an assistant school superintendent. Funding is provided by Price Philanthropies¬†and SDSU. SDUSD and SDEA support the Collaborative by cooperating in achieving the Collaborative’s objectives.

The primary objectives of the Collaborative are:

  • Significantly improve student achievement
  • Prepare educators and other professionals to effectively serve in inner-city schools
  • Enlist the research skills of SDSU to improve urban education practice

College Avenue Compact

A major component of the Collaborative is the College Avenue Compact, which guarantees Hoover High graduates admission to San Diego State University (SDSU) if the graduate meets certain requirements. The Compact also allows students to begin their higher education at San Diego City College before transferring to SDSU.

In addition to guaranteed admissions, the Compact provides an array of academic services to Hoover students that will help them make it to any college or university. These services include SAT Preparation, scholarship and personal statement workshops, mentoring from current SDSU students, financial aid workshops, after school tutoring, and classes to help parents prepare their kids for college.

Hoover is the only school in the city of San Diego to have a guaranteed admissions agreement with SDSU, which took effect with the class of 2011. To learn more about the guaranteed admissions requirements, visit


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