Welcome to SGS/UPP!
Science for Global Solutions
A STEM Academy
Vision & Identity
University Preparatory Program (UPP), now Science for Global Solutions (SGS), has been serving the Lincoln community for eighteen years. We firmly believe that pathways to academic and economic achievement for our community are in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In our small learning community our students acquire the academic skills, preparation, and motivation to successfully pursue university degrees in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. The importance of SGS in creating high expectations towards achieving these career goals cannot be underestimated. A report published by the California Council on Science and Technology and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation states California’s educational system is simply not producing the mathematics, science and engineering graduates needed to meet industry’s growing requirements. This small learning community has been working against this tide since 1989, and will continue to educate our students to aim toward goals not easily achieved without our program’s support.
The small learning community concept has now been adopted by the Los Angeles Unified School District. SGS as well as the other SLCs all enroll students based solely on student choice. SGS supports all students of all ability levels and of all ethnicities. This includes students with special needs, English language learners, and any other similar group. Our university preparatory curriculum includes standards-based instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, college prep English, college prep mathematics and other core subjects. These requirements are more rigorous than those for admission to either the University of California or the California State University systems. High academic expectations are held for all students in SGS.
All students are expected to complete all core courses with a grade of C of better. Those who do not are encouraged to repeat that course. SGS is a collegial partnership involving science university faculty from California State University Los Angeles and the SGS faculty members from Lincoln High School. SGS has a full time counselor for our community. Our SGS counselor is committed to SGS objectives, which enables the SGS curriculum to be more directly guided. The students greatly benefit from this guidance and consistent monitoring of ther progress. Upon completion of the SGS curriculum our students are qualified for admission to CSULA or any other California state university. Since our school is in a low income area their eligibility for financial aid is practically guaranteed. Our parents are usually not aware of this opportunity. Making our students and parents aware of this opportunity often works as a strong incentive for academic success. SGS has a steering committee that includes representatives from all stakeholders: SGS faculty, administrator, counselor, parents, and students. The steering committee provides advice for community members and makes decisions about student conduct, student progress, and master scheduling.