Equitas Alumni Community Newsletter | Spring 2020
Recent Alumni Successes
This edition, we are putting the spotlight on alumni recipients of our High School Scholarships at private and parochial schools. We also celebrate the latest admits to these schools from the Class of 2028!

  • Citlaly H. (Class of 2025) attends Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School on our High School Scholarship, and became Secretary of both the National Honors Society and the Campus Ministry on her campus.

  • Steve R. (Class of 2026) attends Bishop Mora Salesian High School and Ana C. (Class of 2027) attends Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School on our High School Scholarship,.

  • Kaitlyn V. (Class of 2026) attends Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School on our High School Scholarship. She was named Teddy Bear of the Month and made Principal's List for her 4.0 GPA. Kaitlyn was also nominated for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Students Award of Excellence!

  • Isai M. (Class of 2027) attends Oakwood School on our High School Scholarship. As a freshman, he has been exploring his many interests. He has developed his piano skills and wrote a new song. He has also enjoyed making new friends and joined the e-sports club on campus.

  • Alexandra G., Jennifer S., and Nataly C. (Class of 2028) were admitted to and will be attending Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School!

  • Harvi H. (Class of 2028) was admitted to Bishop Mora Salesian High, Cathedral High, and (a first for Equitas) Loyola High School, and will be attending Cathedral High on their prestigious Math & Science Academy Scholarship!

  • Kristian V., Mario L., and Sebastian M. (Class of 2028) were admitted to Bishop Mora Salesian High and Cathedral High, and will be attending Cathedral High!

  • Linda E. (Class of 2028) was admitted to Sacred Heart High, Immaculate Heart High, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High, and (a first for Equitas) Marlborough High, and will be attending Marlborough High on a partial freshman scholarship!

  • Yesemely M. (Class of 2028) was admitted to Sacred Heart High, Immaculate Heart High, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High, and will be attending Sacred Heart High on a partial freshman scholarship!
Have a success you want to share? Email us at alumni@equitasacademy.org
#EQtoCollege Instagram Highlight: "Pizza + Live!"
Before school closures, Equitas alumni were invited to drop by the Equitas Network Office any day by appointment for support with (quite literally) anything. Once a month, we also ordered pizza and held our "Pizza + (Fill in the Blank)" monthly social. Since the school closures limited our gatherings, we took these gatherings to Instagram for live Q&A sessions with alumni's former Equitas teachers and staff. Ms. Davis kicked it off with a Q&A on self-care and socio-emotional needs during physical distancing. Then, the following Tuesday, 8th grade ELA teacher Ms. Villescas covered the best tips to using personal storytelling for effective scholarship applications, college personal statements, and more. Hosted by Ms. Kaur, both of the past "Pizza + Live!" sessions are recapped below. (Click/tap a photo to zoom in.)
Don't miss an episode and join us every Tuesday at 4pm on Instagram ( @equitas.alumni). Next up on "Pizza + Live!"
  • May 5: Ms. Edelman interviews Equitas teachers and reads dozens of resumes, so she'll share her secrets on the best resumes and interview tips.
  • May 12: Ms. Mitre will make you feel better about the the uneasiness of being the first in your family to go to college. (Ms. Mitre, Ms. Kaur, and Mr. Iniguez were first to go, too!)
Tune in, complete the weekly challenge, and you could earn free pizza delivery!
The Latest for Alumni
The latest news, resources, and opportunities for Equitas Alumni.
Every March, the Equitas Alumni community comes together over Cesar E. Chavez weekend for a day of service. The day symbolizes the community transformation that occurs when we all come together for a common cause, whether that's by cleaning up a beach, handing out food, or going to college and bringing back another bachelor's degree to Pico-Union. This year, our Alumni Service Day was postponed due to social distancing. We're excited to announce our virtual Alumni Service Day, a " Dear Class of 2028" Letter Campaign!

Online through May 30, 2020, alumni can write a letter to the Equitas Class of 2028 to congratulate them on culmination and share advice on navigating high school. Letters of 200+ words earn alumni the 2020 Service Day T-Shirt! All submissions are eligible to receive service hours. For details and to submit your letter, visit our website.
You can pick up free meals at Equitas Academy on Pico two times a week. Plus, get details on where to get free internet service, yoga sessions, and more.
Due to physical distancing, the College Board has announced changes to the AP and SAT exams. The UC and CSU systems have also announced changes to admissions requirements for current juniors.
S ave The Date: June 1st, 2020
Our annual Equitas Alumni Experience Survey launches on June 1! Complete the brief survey, upload your most recent transcript, and you could win one of twelve (12) $100 book scholarships!
The College Board is offering free video review sessions for the new version of at-home AP exams. Get familiar with the new format and review key material on YouTube.
Telling your story is key for everything from writing a personal statement and applying for scholarships to job interviews, internships and running for student government. Check out The Plus Me Project and request a free "personal story journal" today.
Visit over 600+ colleges and universities online! Options include private and public options both in- and out-of-state.
ScholarMatcher is a free college search tool designed to assist prospective college students from households earning less than $50,000 per year. After measuring more than 1400 schools, they discovered the 375 colleges that offer superior resources, support, and outcomes for low-income and first-generation youth.
Equitas alumni have  exclusive access to a Test Preparation Coach to assist with creating a study schedule, overcoming test anxiety, and developing strategies for test preparation and test day success. In addition, alumni have free access to thousands of courses and resources on Study.com!
Questions about an event coming up? Need help preparing for a test? Want to share a recent success? Just want to say "hi"? Text us anytime at 323-546-6197. We got you.
Support Our Alumni
Four ways for community members to help our alumni stay on track toward a bachelor's degree.
Take our 5-Minute Stakeholder Survey
We value your feedback any time! Once a year, the Alumni Team also asks key Equitas stakeholders to provide feedback through our End-of-Year Stakeholder Survey. All current teachers, staff, parents, board members, and community members are invited to complete our survey.
Share Us on Social
Did you know that our culminating 8th grade scholars receive 10 years of support after leaving Equitas? Share the news on social media, and help get the word out about one of the many benefits of enrolling at one of our Equitas middle schools.
Apply to be an MVP
We are still accepting applications for our Mentor-Volunteer Program (MVP). Applicants will get paired on a rolling basis, as soon as we find a match. All you need is a bachelor's degree; no college advising experience necessary!
Donate to Equitas
Celebrating its 10th Year, Equitas Academy Charter Schools are free public schools for families who believe their children deserve a high-quality education and challenging school experience. We invite you to join our cause.