What is Puente?
The Puente program is a high school college-prep program. Puente's mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who

1) enroll in four-year colleges and universities, 
2) earn college degrees and 
3) return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. 

Beginning in 9th grade, Hayward high Puente students enroll in a special two-hour English class where students learn about different cultures through reading, writing, speaking and listening. This extended learning time allows students to develop their own cultural identities while gaining valuable skills through rich learning tasks.

Puente students continue their cultural studies through the end of their Junior year. 

Current Students


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Who to Contact

Nancy Sanchez 
Puente Counselor
(510) 723-3170 Ext. 61122


Israel Hernandez
Puente Teacher
(510) 723-3170 Ext. 61223


Joel Ochoa
Puente Teacher
(510) 723-3170 Ext. 61232



Alma Martinez
Puente Teacher c/o 2018
(510) 723-3170 Ext. 61279

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