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Puente eligibility:

  • GPA 2.0-4.0
  • In English 9 placement or above 
  • Determined to go to college
  • Interested in Latino literature and culture

What is Puente?
The Puente program is an academic preparation program sponsored by the University of California that for more than 30 years has improved the college-going rate of California's educationally disadvantaged  students. 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
3) return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. 

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Please visit our video link HERE to learn more about Puente!!!

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. 

Learn More about Puente!!
Secondary Video

"Early Decision" Application Deadline is NOVEMBER 30th!!!

Please make sure to submit your application and complete any future steps you need to complete.

Puente Statewide Academic and Leadership award (2021) Lorena ESpinoza-Valdez

Current Students




Diego Gaviño
Puente Counselor
(510) 723-3170 Ext. 61121

Israel Hernandez
Puente Teacher, 10th & 12th
(510) 723-3170 Ext. 61223

Joel Ochoa
Puente Teacher, 9th & 11th
(510) 723-3170 Ext. 61232