About Puente

PuentePuente (Spanish for "bridge") is a national-award-winning program that has helped thousands of students to reach their dreams of college success. Puente's goal is to increase the number of students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors for future generations. The program is open to all students who meet eligibility criteria. Puente has expanded to 58 community colleges and 33 high schools throughout California, and tens of thousands of students have been served.

As a student in this transfer focused program:

  • You take an English class with a curricular focus on Latino literature and experience.
  • Meet regularly with a Puente counselor and concurrently enroll in the Puente Learning Community.
  • You are matched with a professional and academically successful mentor from the community.
  • You attend cultural activities and field trips to college campuses.
Phase I (Fall)*  Phase II (Spring)  Phase III (until transfer)
  • English 1A & 95
  • Counseling 19, 30, 31 
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • English 1B
  • Counseling 5, 20 ​
  • Mentoring
  • Extracurricular Activities
  •  Continuous academic guidance
  • Mentoring