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College Track Watts (LA)

  • Jacqueline Amparo
  • College Completion Director
  • 510-295-7240

Program Description

The South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts is known for the riots of 1965 and the resulting economic and social impact on the community. Today, one-third of Watts residents have a high school diploma, and only three percent of the population has earned a college degree. Students in Watts face many obstacles getting into and graduating from college. From schools that lack the resources to ensure they have a high-quality education to growing up in a historically disenfranchised community. These young people are just as motivated, intellectually curious, committed, and creative as children anywhere, but they aren't getting the opportunity to succeed. College Track is determined to make college an expectation not the exception in Watts. Our partnership with the Wasserman Foundation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and Green Dot brings new educational resources to the community. In 2015, College Track launched its eighth site with a cohort of 75 students from Jordan High School. We will add 75 new students every year growing to 300 high school students by 2019. Led by Site Director Marisa Ramirez, College Track Watts will provide students with the support and commitment they need to enroll in and graduate from college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 260
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%