PUENTE holds the distinction of establishing the first charter school in Boyle Heights. The demand and success of the PUENTE Preschool Readiness program led to the expansion of our early education services to include PUENTE Charter School, which currently offers kindergarten students and their families a superior academic program.

Established in 2002, PUENTE Charter School has been recognized as a “School of Achievement” by the Los Angeles Unified School District – the highest recognition offered. The school serves the English Language Learner population of students and their families in our East Los Angeles neighborhood and a remarkable validation of the program effectiveness is that thirty percent of our exiting students gain admissions into gifted programs at area schools.

It is with this outstanding outcome that PUENTE is expanding the current charter school operations to include elementary grades first through fifth in the coming years.