Learning and Engagement, Outside the ClassroomOur extracurricular programs are vital to the success of our students they give them a chance to develop as complete individuals. Our programs are designed to build leadership skills and to expand our students' horizons beyond classroom content. We also ask our students to take ownership of the process of developing our comprehensive extracurricular program — we need and expect them to provide feedback in guidance in determining our programmatic offerings. Below is a growing list of programs that we offer in addition to rigorous, college prep coursework in the classroom.
- Student Council
- "The Spotlight" (EPAPA Video Production Club)
- Salsa Dancing
- Team Sports
EPAPA students are learning how to assume a leadership role in our school. The Student Council has organized school-wide events and is responsible for running our weekly Town Hall meetings.
"The Spotlight" Video Production
Working with Cañada Professor Greta Betteo, students are learning how to plan, compose, film and edit a variety of film productions. Current projects include an entry into the KCSM/College of San Mateo's High School Film Festival and a documentary that reflects our students' experiences and the journey of our school.
The after school art program focuses on developing basic art skills. Instruction focuses on drawing, painting, drafting and design and places an emphasis on color theory, art history, design concept and appreciation of art. EPAPA Art students are working on designing and painting murals to decorate the inside of our facility.
Several students stay after school to work with Mr. Cabra on the basics of salsa dancing. The class is a big hit with students as well as fellow staff members!
Current sports offerings include volleyball and basketball. As part of the expansion of our athletic program, we are currently working on our application to join a league as part of the Central Coast Section (CIF).
High-performing students have the opportunity to gain real-world working experience (and earn real-world dollars!). Students can apply to be one-on-one tutors or to work in the Bookstore, operating the story and managing inventory.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in the Collective Roots organic garden program at EPACS. The Collective Roots staff has set aside a section of land for the use of high school students; students will grow a crop and then sell the produce at the East Palo Alto Farmers' Market.
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