High School Programs


"Many of my classmates and teachers believed that I had the potential to be successful, but it was not until I joined Puente that I actually started believing it."

—  Jocelyn Ramirez

     Magnolia High School

     UC Berkeley


Puente classes function as families, or familias, with students acquiring competency in various genres including autobiography, reflection, research, persuasion, literary analysis, expressive, and community-based writing.  Students are taught techniques for collaborative peer review and create portfolios of polished assignments.  Puente’s writing program not only builds language-arts skills, but also teamwork, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills, all of which are key to enabling enrollment at a public or private university.

The Puente counselor works hand-in-hand with the Puente teacher to function as an interdisciplinary team. The team meets regularly, and as needed, with Puente students both inside the classroom and out.  The Puente counselor also works closely with parents, providing regular parent workshops throughout the school year.


The Puente team of teacher, counselor, and parent all work together and become empowered advocates for students’ educations.

Once a Puentista, always a Puentista

The Puente High School Program is designed to help students graduate from high school, become college eligible, and enroll in college through the efforts and support provided by a

Puente-trained team.


Puente students take an accelerated 9th and 10th grade sequence of college preparatory English with the same Puente-trained teacher, who integrates Latino and multicultural literature into the district’s mandated core curriculum.


The Puente counselor monitors student progress towards college readiness and motivates students to be successful in high school. The Puente counselor ensures that students engage in leadership and cultural activities and leads them on visits to a range of colleges and universities. The Puente counselor regularly engages parents in workshops focused on supporting their children in their college and career goals.



The community leadership component is activities-based and is designed to support students’ academic and professional preparation by providing opportunities for their participation in leadership and community activities. In conjunction with the teaching and counseling components, the community leadership component supports
Puente’s mission of encouraging students to return to their community as leaders and mentors.