PEP Burton High School History
Founded in 2001 by Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales and her students from San Francisco State University (SFSU): Claudine Del Rosario, Kimmy Maniquis, Gwen Agustin, Tracy Buenavista, Jeff Ponferrada, Mark Bautista, Perci dela Cruz, Maricel Elacio, Christine Bernard, Christopher Rini, and Anjela Wong, created a lunchtime mentoring program at Balboa High School in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. With the high rates of Filipina/o and Filipina/o American dropout, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, gang violence, and mental health issues, Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales and her students conducted "sala" talks (conversations with students) to discuss issues that concerned them. Issues such as: identity, low numbers of Filipina/o teachers and faculty representation, the lack of Filipinas/os and Filipina/o Americans in the curriculum, and fractured sense of community, Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales and her students organized workshops on Filipina/o American her/history, Hiphop, spoken word, and theatre as a means to address these issues and develop solidarity. The interest in Ethnic Studies for Filipina/o and non-Filipina/o students began to grow and PEP students organized their classmates to create a petition to implement a Filipina/o American experience course in the spring of 2001. What started as a humble lunchtime mentoring program manifested into the Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) becoming a year-long Filipina/o American studies class at Balboa HS. It soon expanded to the following schools: Longfellow Elementary as an after school program established in 2005; a year-long course at Philip & Sala Burton HS (2005) and James Denman MS (2008); and have partnered with professors & instructors from City College of San Francisco (2007), Skyline College (2012), and University of San Francisco (2013). The PEP high school course is a Steps-To-College and A-G Credited class, where PEP HS students can receive college credit and use towards satisfying their A-G requirements for UC and CSU applications.
Our vision for this course is to create an academic space that promotes hope, love, and healing through a critical understanding of Filipina/o American history, its relationship to oppression and resistance, the intersections of identity, and their relationship with the world. By deconstructing the normalized notions of society through an ethnic studies lens we hope to foster our stories as counter narratives and develop agency, empathy, and interconnectedness that continues to transform our world.
Through academic rigor, classroom relevancy, and creative cultural production, students will apply the following:
- Engage and challenge students in critical dialogue about Filipina/o American history and identity to apply these lessons to their own personal struggles and experiences
- Establish relationships to create hope and love as a way to heal from internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalized structures of oppression
- Empower each other to utilize our narratives and practice agency and humanization in and out of the classroom
Room Number: TBA
Host Teacher: Ms. Quindlen
Monday, Thursday, Friday 12:50 - 1:40 PM
Tuesday 12:40 - 2 PM
African American 12.1%
Native American .4%