Mission, Vision, and Values

All students can achieve at high academic levels

Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, less than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exist to change that.

These TK (transitional kindergarten)- grade 8 public schools in Santa Clara county and surrounding communities offer students world-class academic preparation that honors their cultural heritage through its dual immersion language program.

Voices College-Bound Language Academies provide a rigorous college-prep K-8 program that teaches students English and Spanish, and builds on core elements of their identity.

Voices was founded by a determined Latina, Frances Teso, whose experiences growing up and later teaching in underserved communities in San Jose catalyzed the Voices model. Today, Frances serves as the CEO of a four-school network (Voices Mount Pleasant, Voices Morgan Hill, Voices West Contra Costa and Voices Franklin McKinley). Communities and families are asking us to build additional Voices school in their neighborhood, and we are resolved to meet their need.

Our Mission

Voices College-Bound Language Academies will prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-language program. In addition, we will ensure students demonstrate high academic achievement and apply critical thinking skills while making sense of their role within their own culture and the greater society.

Our Vision

All students graduating from Voices College-Bound Language Academies will possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in any career path they choose to pursue in life by mastering academic standards and subject matter. Students will be aware of the many positive possibilities for their future, and enjoy learning throughout their lives. They will be able to think critically by asking questions, especially when confronted with the status quo. Our students will have a sense of social responsibility to make their communities better.

A new culture of teaching and learning – for all

Our Values

  • In Lak’ech

    This Mayan phrase means, “I am you, you are me.” We are familia. And when we act with unity, we are unstoppable.

  • Sí Se Puede Attitude

    “Yes we can.” These Spanish words reflect the strength of our gente, our people, our culture. Whatever role, age or background, we at Voices embrace Si Se Puede attitude with a smile on our face.

  • Students in the Forefront

    Our students motivate, inspire and guide us. Every decision is made with their well-being and achievement in mind.

  • Shared Leadership

    Everyone has something valuable to contribute to the Voices school community. Whether you are a first-year teacher, an assistant teacher, a principal or a parent, Voices believes in shared knowledge and accountability.