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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.

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.


Creating Opportunity via Education (COVE)
COVE aims to increase high school success and college readiness for ninth and 12th graders in the Lincoln Unified School District. Working with program mentors, students develop a personalized plan for high school success that they share with their parents and teachers. Twelfth graders learn about applying to college, financial aid and making the transition to higher education.

COVE is sponsored by Sierra Middle School and Pacific's Benerd School of Education. COVE summer institutes are operated in collaboration with community partners including the Lincoln Unified School District and Lincoln Latin Leadership.


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 (PAM)
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.

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
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.

A partnership among University of the Pacific's Division of Student Life, Office of External Relations and Benerd School of Education, with additional funding from private donations.


Teacher Apprentice Program
High school juniors with an aptitude for math and an interest in teaching are invited to join this program. These young people serve as teacher apprentices during their senior year in high school. They move on to San Joaquin Delta College and then transfer to University of the Pacific before earning their teaching credentials through San Joaquin County's Impact program.

A partnership among the San Joaquin County Office of Education, San Joaquin Delta College, and Pacific's Benerd School of Education and Department of Mathematics.


University Jumpstart
Migrant students in grades 7 and 8 visit Pacific every other weekend for intensive academic enrichment activities. In another component, parents learn about college-readiness and school engagement.

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