Santa Ana ¡Adelante!

Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Community Partnerships / Collective Impact,


The Santa Ana Partnership was formed in 1983 by Santa Ana College (SAC), UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), and the City of Santa Ana to elevate academic achievement and the college-going rate in one of the country’s most densely Latino populated cities (94% in the K-12 population, 78% in the city, and 60% at SAC). Santa Ana ¡Adelante! is the latest initiative of the Santa Ana Partnership. The project guarantees that all SAUSD students who graduate high school, enroll at SAC, and complete all academic and transfer requirements will be admitted to UCI or CSUF. ¡Adelante! promises to pay for the first year of college for SAUSD students and provides students a laptop for their freshman year.

Program Description

Santa Ana ¡Adelante! exists to increase the number of Latino students earning post-secondary degrees and credentials. Santa Ana ¡Adelante! restructures policy and practice in the K-12, community college, CSU, and UC systems in support of Latino student access and completion of postsecondary education for all students in their community.


The percent of students entering college-ready from SAUSD has grown:

  • From 21% in 2000 to 45% in 2014, with a 97% increase in the number of students deemed college-ready in English from 2011 to 2015.
  • In 2014-2015, 41% of Latino students were deemed college ready, compared to 42% of White students.
  • Adelante has seen a 74% increase in the number of students completing the FAFSA from 2011 to 2015.
  • Adelante student college enrollment has increased from 58% in 2011 to 73% in 2014.
  • The number of students earning certificates/degrees has grown from 2,419 in 2009 to 6,073 in 2015.
  • Overall, there was a 78% increase in the number of Associate degrees, certificates and transfers from 2011 to 2015.
  • Latino students earned 2899 (61%) of the 4,745 degrees/certificates awarded in 2016 at Santa Ana College.
  • In last 4 years, 323 Adelante students have transferred to partner institutions.