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NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge Program
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Ana Profile

I became a NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge Member because I am interested in service, learning new things, and working with kids.

Jimmy Green, NetDay AmeriCorps Member
Monte Vista Elementary School, Santa Ana, California

All three Santa Ana schools in the NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge Program describe their strength as community involvement.

Santa Ana Unified School District
60,500 students
92% Latino, 3% White, 4% Asian American, 1% African American
70% English language learners
85% eligible for free and reduced-price meals in 1999-2000

Community Hub
Pio Pico is a round, two-story structure built in 1991 in the midst of an Empowerment Zone. The school buzzes with activity as students work on projects, receive mentoring, and work on literacy skills. Community members attend English classes, learn technology skills and support teachers as aides.

Principal Judith Magsaysay
931 W. Highland
Santa Ana, CA 92703

900 students, 40 classroom teachers and 5 resource teachers
100% Hispanic students
88% Eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
75% of parents did not graduate from high school

The Monte Vista Oasis
If Pio Pico is a hub, then Monte Vista resembles an oasis, a calm and studious space where the top priority is literacy. Housed in a more traditional, single-story building, the school is just outside the Empowerment Zone, but serves students living in poverty.

Principal Anita Ford
2116 Monte Vista Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

892 students, 45 teachers, literacy coach, outreach consultant, health counselor
98% Hispanic students
83% Eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
83% of parents did not graduate from high school

A New Charter
El Sol is a dual immersion charter school near downtown Santa Ana where parents support the school with significant volunteer responsibilities. The campus includes a historical home, temporary classrooms, and a garden. An abandoned building next door will eventually house classrooms when the school expands from K-2 to K-8.

Co-directors: Susan Mas and Kathy Sabine
Assistant Director: Jessica Banda
1010 Broadway Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

115 students
74% Hispanic, 14% mixed race or no response, 11% white, 1% African American
46% Eligible for free or reduced-price lunch