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Within Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR), the Spartan East Side Promise Program is designed to support East Side Union High School District students and their families.

Established in 2016, the Spartan East Side Promise (SESP) began as a collaboration between San José State University and East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) with the goal of offering guaranteed admission to qualified students who graduate high school from the District. Through a variety of interactive programming, the SESP provides a pathway to admission at SJSU by clearly specifying the admission requirements and sharing information about resources for academic success with students and families in the district. 

The following high schools are SESP eligible: 

Andrew P. Hill High School

W.C. Overfelt High School

Evergreen Valley High School

Yerba Buena High School

Independence High School

Calero High School

James Lick High School

Foothill High School

Mt. Pleasant High School

Accel Middle College

Oak Grove High School

Apollo High School

Piedmont Hills High School

Pegasus High School

Santa Teresa High School

Phoenix High School

Silver Creek High School


Download a copy of our program flyer to share with your students!

Check out the following admissions and application virtual presentations!Don't see your school listed? Not a problem! Register for any of the below workshops, or visit my virtual office hours Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:00am at bit.ly/SESP21





Zoom Registration Link

3/17 1:00 PM Next Steps Seniors (Andrew Hill) https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/85485470583
3/17 3:00 PM Next Steps Seniors (Independence, Mt. Pleasant) https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/82590125339
3/23 2:30 PM Next Steps Seniors (WC Overfelt) https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rMxH-u9LSnyNkR4CWdAvHQ
4/13 2:30 PM Next Steps Seniors (Piedmont Hills High) https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/86065347164
4/14 11:00 AM Next Steps Seniors (Apollo) https://sjsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuf-yorDMtGtfXTnloxAbvqSixeSaZ7UcB
4/14 2:30 PM Next Steps Seniors (Evergreen Valley, Oak Grove, Yerba Buena) https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iYo7ViR3TCy4XxqFiXtKFQ
4/21 2:00pm Next Steps Santa Teresa https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NpAQqhljSams5ztCulAsyQ

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Recorded SJSU admissions presentation


Transition Programming

In 2019, the Promise began to expand into a program within SOAR that focuses on helping incoming ESUHSD students transition to SJSU, build connections, and navigate the University.

Our Vision is to collaborate with the campus community on interactive, intentional programming  to foster academic, personal, and professional  development, and a college going mindset, in ESUHSD students.  To do this, we have three objectives:

1 - Help students become part of larger campus community
2 - Serve as a support system for ESUHSD students & their families
3 - Decrease % of academic probation & disqualification in cohort

Our programming includes:

  • College exploration and admission requirement workshops
  • Special topic workshops such as enrollment, changing majors, and finals preparation for currently enrolled students
  • Specialized events for prospective students and currently enrolled students
  • ESUHSD Spartan Summer Program, in partnership with the ESUHSD and East Side Education Foundation
  • SESP Peer Mentor check-ins  

ESUHSD alumni currently enrolled at SJSU have access to our SESP Google Classroom using their SJSU email and access code hdk7ytv.

Follow us on Instagram @sjsu_sesp for the latest updates 

Subscribe to our Google Calendar to add upcoming workshop dates and University deadlines to your calendar!


Directly connect with a member of our team during virtual office hours!

Wednesdays 11:00am - 1:00pm @ bit.ly/SESPWedsOffice

Fridays 10:00am - 12:00pm @ bit.ly/SESPFriOffice

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summer program

In partnership with the East Side Union Education Foundation and the East Side Union High School District, the following online transition program was developed to support incoming ESUHSD graduates and their families, as they prepare for their first semester at SJSU.  This 10-day program will be from June 14 - June 25, 2021, and includes multiple components to educate, empower, and provide a community of support for our new Spartans.

Register for this year's program here!

Check out a recap of the program, and services offered by the SESP Program, below!


Have questions? 

Prospective Students (or parents) from an ESUHSD school: Contact the Spartan East Side Promise Program Lead, Amanda Aldama at amanda.aldama@sjsu.edu, or schedule a Zoom appointment here

Currently enrolled SJSU students: Contact the SESP Transition Coordinator, Erick Macias-Chavez at erick.macias-chavez@sjsu.edu, or schedule a Zoom appointment here

New! Follow us on Instagram @sjsu_sesp for the latest updates and resources!