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About This School

Downtown College Preparatory School is a charter high school in San Jose. The principal of Downtown College Preparatory School is Shawn Gerth, who can be contacted at sgerth@dcp.org. 415 students go to Downtown College Preparatory School and identify as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 36% of the Downtown College Preparatory School students are "limited in English proficiency." 83% of the 415 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Downtown College Preparatory School is 18:1. Bellarmine College Preparatory School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 92% 52%
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 2% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 3%
Asian 1% 13%
Filipino 0.2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.6%
Unspecified 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 33271%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 48%
Limited English proficiency 36% 27%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I LOVE DCP! I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET MY DAUGHTER ENROLLED IN THIS SCHOOL AFTER GETTING HER OUT OF SANTA CLARA HIGH SCHOOL! IT WAS THE BEST THING THAT I HAVE EVER DONE AS A PARENT. MY DAUGHTER WENT FROM BEING A PROBLEM CHILD WITH ALL F'S TO A 3.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE STUDENT WHOM IS INVOLVED IN LEADERSHIP AND SPORTS NOW. KUDOS TO YOU DCP!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! IF SHE WERE STILL AT SANTA CLARA HIGH SHE WOULD NEVER BE WHERE SHE IS TODAY! THANK YOU DCP FOR YOUR DEDICATING AND SUPORRTIVE STAFF! THE STAFF REALLY CARES AT THIS SCHOOL AND IT SHOWS!

  • (10 months ago)

    My son is finishing his freshman year at DCP. The leadership is very strong there was a principal change so ignore comment below! I have found the staff to be fully supportive of all kids and families. Lack of ethnic diversity is the only aspect that could be improved.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school great students and staff my only doubt is the principal.I was going to enroll my daughter in the school but the principal didn't attend our appointment.So i went to the school the next day and scheduled another appointment which he also did not attend.He also stated that he had FORGOTEN about my appointment.So my daughter is going to another school now.I really wish he would give my daughter a chance.

  • (4 years ago)

    Downtown College Prep has been a life saver for my family. DCP transformed our daughter from a lost and misguided student into a college ready positive member of society and a successful college student. College readiness is not a news letter sent home in the second semester of their senior year. It is an ongoing project that includes the students teachers guidance counselors and me as a parent. My daughter is currently thriving in college my younger son is in his second year (sophomore) at DCP my niece is in her third year (senior) and my youngest is in his second year as a 7th grader at DCP s newest campus in Alviso. With tears I tell my story to any parent who wants to know if this school is right for their child.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student from the class of 07 and currently in college thanks to this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at DCP and the teachers that this school has are the most helpful and caring that i have ever had and seen. The class size is small and all of the teachers are willing to give extra help even before and after school. It is not only a school but it is also a strong community

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2 DCP students. It's a great school I recommend it.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a curent student at DCP. I really enjoy the sense of community at this shcool. Since this school is small you really get to know your teachers and they really look out for you. Some people might say that this school is not challenging enough but there wrong. Freshmen year is the easiest year but thats because the school is trying to get everyone at the same accadenic level. Also many people complain about the exta curiculam classes but if theres not a class or club you want to take the administration encourage you to find more people interested to start the club. I believe that every person on the staff and eventually all the students believe and encourage the dream of sending each student to a 4 year university.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school might not be the best school around but my student was failing until she started attending this school. She made the Dean's List her first semester there and continues to do well. Her last school offered many extracurricular activities which occupied a lot of study time. My level of parent involvement is much more encouraged and appreciated at this school. My student is college bound. Because this is a smaller high school the staff is better able to fulfill each student's needs.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to this school for a short time because I transferred out. I'm generally a good student and have high test scores and found this school very disappointing. It did not challenge me in the least. The administration is lacking. Run by former teachers they have no idea how to run a school and it shows. There is also no music program one art class and about three sports. All of which students do not take seriously. As for the 'college prep' part most students are not college bound. The discipline often backfires. They have 'homework checkers' which is a paper that gets signed every time a student misses homework but this only causes frenzied cheating at all hours. Overall it does not meet expectations.

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