Latinx students’ experiences with college access and preparation at college preparatory charter schools

Melissa A. Martinez, Desireé Vega, Jocabed Marquez

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Abstract

Charter schools that target underserved communities, including Latinxs, have proliferated in the U.S., claiming a unique, more autonomous and successful alternative to traditional public schools, often with a promise of increased postsecondary access and preparation. However, there is conflicting evidence regarding their effectiveness on academic outcomes, prompting additional research on charter schools. This study examined the college access and preparation experiences of 14 Latinxs attending college preparatory charter schools within one school system in Texas. Findings highlight how schools assisted students in preparing for college, but challenges in accessing college knowledge and assistance still existed, particularly for undocumented students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-41
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

Keywords

  • charter schools
  • college access
  • college preparation
  • Latinx students
  • postsecondary education
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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