STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Issues affecting Hispanic student achievement are well chronicled, including the lack of quality affordable pre-school education, low English reading comprehension, lack of role models, and low enrollment in high school math and science courses needed for college. These are just a few of the factors contributing low numbers of Hispanics pursuing hi-tech careers. The Hispanic population of Silicon Valley is close to 30%, yet our representation in the ranks of local hi-tech firms is below 3%.

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) strongly believes that the future of our Hispanic community in Silicon Valley and the nation depends on the current generation of students being more successful in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum.

Elevate [Math]/Elevate [Math] Plus and Math Acceleration Program

Increasing education opportunities for Latino students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is the primary focus of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley’s (HFSV) education strategy. The HFSV is a Partner with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s (SVEF) Elevate [Math] and Elevate [Math] Plus programs, and ALearn’s Math Acceleration Program which are “out of school” math/Algebra programs designed to elevate the achievement of middle school students.

These programs aim to help 7th and 8th grade students prepare for success in math. Research has shown that successful completion of Algebra 1 by the 8th grade is a key predictor of a student’s probability of getting on the college track and achieving college graduation.

Program Partners