Every summer, hundreds of ESUHSD graduates participate in learning modules for everything from scheduling courses to mapping majors, working with advisors, and making peer connections. Prior to the pandemic, SESP students also participated in a full-day program of breakout sessions and campus tours at SJSU.

These programs are led by East Side school counselors working with undergraduate admissions staff at SJSU, with support from dozens of current SJSU students and fellow East Side graduates who step up to mentor incoming students.

Over the past six years, the SESP Summer Program has supported more than 1,300 East Side graduates in their transition to SJSU.

In 2020, faced with the challenge of COVID-19, we were able to pivot and offer the Spartan East Side Promise Summer Program through an online option. Students met three times in online groups and received a virtual tour of the SJSU campus to familiarize them with the physical layout. They also received orientation on what to expect from online learning classes.

The Summer Program returned in a hybrid format for 2022, with a record 287 students participating in activities both on campus and online. And planning for the 2023 program is already underway with programs scheduled for June 20-23.

For more information, please contact Spartan East Side Promise Program Lead Amanda Aldama Fernandes at [email protected] or (408) 924-2554. And follow @sjsu_sesp on Instagram!