In the Summer of 2014, Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) opened its doors to 88 Freshmen students. Fast forward four years later, 58 LVLA seniors have been accepted into a four-year university! 62% of LVLA seniors will be on their way to college in the Fall of 2018. LVLA's founding Principle, Jeff Camarillo adds, “This is evidence of what is possible when a school is systematically designed to meet the cultural and community needs of Latino students and families”. Furthermore, LVLA’s personalized approach in working with students and its commitment to deeply engaging families in the college process has helped LVLA achieve unprecedented results in the college going rates of its inaugural class.
Founding LVLA Senior, Esquivel (Abby) Rebolledo, is a first generation student and will be the first in her family to go to college. LVLA is especially proud of Abby because she will be the first student from The Foundation for Hispanic Education to attend an Ivy League as the 17-year old will be going to the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2018. Abby owes much of her academic success to LVLA’s Academic Dean, Irene Castillon, “When you are in Miss. Castillon’s presence, she makes you feel excited about learning! Now as a Dean and Counselor, she spends much of her time helping students stay on top of college and scholarship applications weeks before they’re due. She goes out of way to make sure we have all the resources we need like scholarships or events that will help her students succeed”.
LVLA owes much of its success to founding Academic Dean, Irene Castillon. Miss. Castillon is the architect of LVLA’s Advisory program, which has provided students four years of individualized support and guidance to achieving their college going dreams!