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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Tomorrow Project Academies

The academies at the heart of the Tomorrow Project offer rich educational opportunities to our community's children and families.

The 2014/15 academies are:

Harmony Stockton
This daily arts academy at Marshall Elementary School promotes academic achievement through musical education. By studying and practicing music, children in grades 3 through 5 develop the analytical skills, confidence and discipline that are critical to educational success. The program is modeled on Venezuela's visionary and highly successful music program, El Sistema.

A partnership among Stockton Symphony, the Stockton Unified School District and University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music and Benerd School of Education, with funding from United Way of San Joaquin, the San Joaquin Community Foundation, Wells Fargo and other private donations.

PrepUSA/Reach for the Stars

This course prepares promising students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is inspired by the example of Stockton astronaut and Pacific alumnus José Hernandez, and is modeled on the successful 32-year-old TexPrep program, which has contributed to extraordinary high school graduation and college-enrollment rates.

A partnership among the Reach for the Stars Foundation, the Stockton Unified School District, and University of the Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science and Benerd School of Education, with funding from the Zuckerman and Cordes Family foundations.

Math Concepts and Applications with TeCHnology Academy (CATCH)

The purpose of the CATCH Academy is to enhance mathematic concepts and skills through the support of technology; improve study skills; improve self-esteem and confidence, and learn real-life applications and essential skills for college and career readiness. Instruction will be provided around the basic concepts that support success in Algebra (fractions, ratios & proportions, integers, and functions.

Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA)

This nationally recognized program prepares about 1,400 sixth through 12th graders from throughout the county to pursue math and science degrees. The oldest academy in the Tomorrow Project, Pacific's MESA program was founded in 1993.

A partnership among the Stockton, Lodi and Manteca unified school districts, Pacific's MESA Engineering Program, San Joaquin Delta College's MESA Community College Program, and Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science, with additional funding Statewide MESA (University of California, Office of the President).

Pacific Academia de Matemáticas/Science Technology, Engineering and Math  (PAM/STEM)

During the summer, migrant students in grades 7 through 10 learn strategies for high school completion and college success, and develop citizenship and study skills through rigorous math instruction.  Varied levels of mathematics, science, and technology instruction will be provided using the GEMS curriculum. GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) is a leading resource for innovative science and mathematics education. Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, the public science education center at the University of California at Berkeley, and tested in thousands of classrooms nationwide.

A partnership among the San Joaquin County Office of Education-Migrant Education, the Lodi Unified School District, and Pacific's Benerd School of Education, Department of Mathematics and Latino Outreach Office.

Summer Success Leadership Academy

The Summer Success and Leadership Academy provides at-risk students in grades 9-12 with an intensive one-week residential (UOP) program focusing on social justice and leadership.

The mission of the Academy is to equip and empower the youth of Stockton to be leaders and active agents of change in their community. The academy is administered in a collaborative partnership between Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, the Stockton Unified School District, and the San Joaquin County Office of Education, with additional funding from private donations.

This academy encourages local students to apply to college by introducing them to university life and developing their academic and personal self-confidence. During the week-long program, students live on Pacific's Stockton campus and experience the joys and challenges of college life.