High School Students


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


Upcoming Workshops and Presentations

Interested in applying? Just admitted? Check out the following admissions and application virtual presentations!

Register Below!
Date  Time Audience Topic Zoom Link/Location
2/28/2022 2:45pm-3:30pm Juniors Getting College Ready Andrew Hill High
3/9/2022 5:45pm - 6:30pm Juniors Getting College Ready  Zoom Link
3/16/2022 9:30am - 10:30am Juniors Getting College Ready  Zoom Link
3/16/2022 1:15pm - 2:00pm Seniors Next Steps  Zoom Link
3/21/2022 1:15pm - 2:00pm Seniors Next Steps Zoom Link
3/29/2022 11:00am - 11:45am Seniors Next Steps Andrew Hill High
3/29/2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm Seniors Next Steps Yerba Buena High School
4/12/2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm Juniors Getting College Ready Yerba Buena High School
4/25/2022 1:15pm - 2:00pm Juniors Getting College Ready  Zoom Link
4/27/2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm Seniors Next Steps Zoom Link

Seniors! Can't attend the above dates?

Register for our weekly Next Steps presentations to learn how to complete the intent to enroll process, as well as receive important information on deadlines, Sparta Camp Orientation, and more to prepare for Fall 2022. 

Newly admitted Spartans! Register for Becoming a Spartan

Thursday, April 14, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm

This virtual event is open for ESUHSD students and their families who have been offered provisional admission for Fall 2022. It will cover the Next Steps to complete the intent to enroll, introduce the ESUHSD Spartan Summer Program, and provide the opportunity to hear the Spartan experience directly from our students!

Applying for Fall 2023? View our a recording of our admissions and application presentation below!

View the Application Guide, [pdf] Application Checklist [pdf], Fee Waiver information, and Freshman DOs and DONTs [pdf]Live workshops will be hosted October - November 2022 when the application opens. 

Services and Resources

ESUHSD Spartan 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 held in June, and includes multiple components to educate, empower, and provide a community of support for our new Spartans. 

Check out a recap of last year's program, and upcoming 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 Fernandes at amanda.aldama@sjsu.edu, or email eastsidepromise@sjsu.edu. You can also schedule a Zoom appointment here