The East Side Alliance (ESA) consists of eight districts: the East Side Union High School District and the seven elementary partner districts: Alum Rock, Berryessa, Evergreen, Franklin-McKinley, Mt. Pleasant, Oak Grove, and Orchard. Together they serve approximately 82,000 students—almost the combined size of San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts. If the ESA were one district, it would be the third largest in the state.
ESA is a collective impact initiative recognizing that the districts and partners involved are independent agencies agreeing to collaborate towards a common purpose, with agreed upon goals and objectives supporting a collaboratively developed Vision and Mission.
The Spartan East Side Promise
The Spartan East Side Promise is essentially a guarantee of admission to East Side students that fulfill specific criteria. We are providing a pathway to admission to SJSU by clearly specifying admissions requirements and actively sharing this information with students and families at the 13 high schools in the East Side Union High School District. It is an initiative that fosters a college-going culture in San Jose schools and promises to help prepare students for admission to San Jose State University.
Teacher Housing Opportunity: Landed
The East Side Alliance is proud to parter with Landed to help our educators better afford housing here in the Bay Area. Landed works with educators by providing half of a downpayment for a home, up to $120,000 in exchange for 25% of the home’s future gain or loss. Any teacher, administrator, or staff member who has been in the ESA districts for at least two years is eligible.
The East Side Alliance has over 50 collaborative partners working across the eight alliance districts, in a variety of areas including: Advocacy, Direct Student Services, Funders, Higher Education, and Professional development. For more information on any of our collaborative partners within a given category, choose from the list below:
Collaboration: We work together for the benefit of every student. Equity: We allocate resources and develop practices to ensure that every student is college and career-ready. Inclusiveness: We actively engage all parents, students, staff, and community. Innovation: We take initiative and demonstrate creativity in leveraging and seeking additional resources to implement initiatives.
Successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Technology support for students including access to devices and web access from home.
Leveraging the collective impact of the ESA to increase resources and influence decision makers.
Implement the East Side Promise to guarantee a college-going pathway.
Closing the achievement gap: accelerating African American and Latino A-G rates.
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