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Building a better future for first-generation students in San José

Who We Serve

DCP prepares first-generation students for college success. Now in our 20th year as a successful charter management organization, we serve 2500 students and families beginning in middle school through college graduation. With a focus on students who are historically underserved by traditional public schools, DCP serves largely low-income, first-generation students of color and their families across multiple neighborhoods in San Jose.

DCP is a publicly funded charter school that must raise 2 million dollars per year to off-set operating costs to ensure all students receive the highest level of education in our community. 

Give to a DCP Fund

DCP General Operating Fund: As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, DCP relies on the generosity of individuals, companies, and foundations to support critical elements of DCP’s program that are not fully covered through public funds. These include: college counseling, socio-emotional counseling, intervention and enrichment programs, and parent engagement.

DCP College Scholarship Fund: The DCP College Scholarship Fund bridges the gap between financial aid and the actual cost of attending college. Scholarships are customized for each student and intended to support students in attending their best college fit. Learn More.

Dan Valdespino Memorial Fund: Dan Valdespino was a beloved Social Studies and Science Teacher at DCP Alum Rock Middle School. He valued meaningful relationships with students and found great joy in their growth and success. Though he was at DCP for a short time, he left a profound imprint on students, families and his colleagues. The “V” wing at DCP Alum Rock Middle School honors and celebrates his impact and his love for our students. The Memorial Fund goes towards college scholarships for DCP Alum Rock High School graduates who are pursuing majors in Social Studies or Science.

Other Ways to Give

Securities  Transfer stock, bonds or mutual funds and avoid paying gains tax on appreciated assets || Stock Donations:  UBS Financial Services, DTC Clearing #0221. Downtown College Prep Account #: SJ43554. Lisa Carbajal 408-918-8013 lisa.carbajal@ubs.com 50 W. San Fernando St., 8th Floor San Jose, CA 95113  || Once gift has been made please notify us: info@dcp.org  
 
Tribute or Memorial Select a fund listed above and on the review page you will be given the opportunity to designate your gift as a memorial/tribute. Be sure to click on the link “Is this gift a memorial or tribute?” and enter the name of the person to whom you would like to dedicate your gift.
 
Legacy Gift By remembering DCP in your estate plan, you can leave a lasting impact.
 
Employer Matching Gifts Contact your employer about matching gifts. 

Jennifer Andaluz

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Kathryn Zazueta

Director of Advancement