We are a tiny high school of less than 200 students in South San Jose, established to serve those who would otherwise slip through the cracks. Students are admitted to Calero with a median grade point average of 0.30. After two semesters, those same students have grade point averages of 3.5. By their senior year, most of them apply to colleges and universities, something which they didn't think was possible just a few years before. Our students are inspiring and overcoming the odds each and every day! They have learned how to rise and learn from challenges and failures.
Our school staff make miracles every day, taking kids who don't care and believe that no one cares about them, and transforming them through showing them how much we care. The watchword of Calero is LOVE. Sophomores come to us with low (or no) grade point averages, lack of attendance, and often discipline issues. Through intensive relationship-building, above all, and with the help of an innovative program for social-emotional learning called 180 Degrees, students turn their academic lives around. We believe that the intervention we do academically changes personal lives, too. And not only the lives of our wonderful students, but the lives of their families and the future of families for our entire community.
Most schools now go to a big venue and charter buses, with prom tickets costing from $200-$400, making prom affordable only to a select few. We try to keep our costs low so our kids can ALL afford to attend. Prom is a rite of passage, and we don't believe that it should just be for the wealthy. This year tickets will be $40 per single ticket, $70 for two tickets.
Everyone helps -- teachers help plan, shop, decorate and direct the whole event. We take up a collection to pay for the photo booth guy.
Despite keeping costs low, we still require funds.
Prom is scheduled for April 28, 2018 at The Westin St. Claire. We will use the funds to pay for food, site rental, a police officer (required), and a DJ .
Students started raising money for 2018 prom as soon as prom 2017 was done -- selling nachos, pizza, burgers, and fruit cups. Fundraisers were held at local establishments such as Chipotle, MOD pizza, and Rita's Ice Cream. We have made around $2000 so far. Wise spending of last year's funds left students with seed money to kick off this year's effort.
Our goal is to raise $4000 to make prom affordable for all! We want all our students in our tight-knit school comunity to celebrate and enjoy this night. They've come so far and have risen above so many struggles. They truly deserve this one unforgetable night!