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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Tomorrow Project Academies

The academies at the heart of the Tomorrow Project offer rich educational opportunities to our community's children and families.

Harmony Stockton
This daily arts academy at Marshall Elementary School promotes academic achievement through musical education. By studying and practicing music, children in grades 3 through 5 develop the analytical skills, confidence and discipline that are critical to educational success. The program is modeled on Venezuela's visionary and highly successful music program, El Sistema.

A partnership among Stockton Symphony, the Stockton Unified School District and University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music and Benerd School of Education, with funding from United Way of San Joaquin, the San Joaquin Community Foundation, Wells Fargo and other private donations.

PrepUSA/Reach for the Stars

This course prepares promising students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is inspired by the example of Stockton astronaut and Pacific alumnus José Hernandez, and is modeled on the successful 32-year-old TexPREP program, which has contributed to extraordinary high school graduation and college-enrollment rates.

A partnership among the Reach for the Stars Foundation, the Stockton Unified School District, and University of the Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science and Benerd School of Education, with funding from the Zuckerman and Cordes Family foundations.

Math Concepts and Applications with TeCHnology Academy (CATCH)

The purpose of the CATCH Academy is to enhance mathematic concepts and skills through the support of technology; improve study skills; improve self-esteem and confidence, and learn real-life applications and essential skills for college and career readiness. Instruction will be provided around the basic concepts that support success in Algebra (fractions, ratios & proportions, integers, and functions.

Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA)

This nationally recognized program prepares about 1,400 sixth through 12th graders from throughout the county to pursue math and science degrees. The oldest academy in the Tomorrow Project, Pacific's MESA program was founded in 1993.

A partnership among the Stockton, Lodi and Manteca unified school districts, Pacific's MESA Engineering Program, San Joaquin Delta College's MESA Community College Program, and Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science, with additional funding Statewide MESA (University of California, Office of the President).

Pacific Academia de Matemáticas/Science Technology, Engineering and Math  (PAM/STEM)

During the summer, migrant students in grades 7 through 10 learn strategies for high school completion and college success, and develop citizenship and study skills through rigorous math instruction.  Varied levels of mathematics, science, and technology instruction will be provided using the GEMS curriculum. GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) is a leading resource for innovative science and mathematics education. Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, the public science education center at the University of California at Berkeley, and tested in thousands of classrooms nationwide.

A partnership among the San Joaquin County Office of Education-Migrant Education, the Lodi Unified School District, and Pacific's Benerd School of Education, Department of Mathematics and Latino Outreach Office. 

The academy builds a community around the importance of STEM. The curriculum emphasizes the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving. The Academy incorporates several instructional strategies including problem solving, project based learning, career opportunity awareness, research and study, teamwork, oral and written communication as well as field trips. The program is prepared to increase student academic achievement and decrease "summer learning loss." The academy will also incorporate a combination of two curricula: 1) GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) is a leading resource for innovative science and mathematics education developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley; 2) PREP USA STEM, a pre-engineering curriculum, modeled after the very successful TexPREP programs in Texas and the San Antonio PREP programs.

A collaborative partnership among the Butte County Office of Education, the University of the Pacific, Migrant Education Region 2 and CA Mini-Corps