The Long Beach College Promise

Our History

"We promise the opportunity of quality college education and career preparation to every student in the Long Beach Unified School District.”

Our History

"We promise the opportunity of quality college education and career preparation to every student in the Long Beach Unified School District.”

In 2008, three academic partners committed to working together to benefit their students and the broader Long Beach community.

They understood that the most advantageous opportunities to serve students would come from embracing their responsibility to overcome their greatest institutional challenges. As a result, the Long Beach College Promise was designed to put a college education within reach for every student in the Long Beach Unified School District.

The Long Beach College Promise (LBCP) is built on a cross-collaborative effort between the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), City of Long Beach, Long Beach City College (LBCC), and California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

Upholding a dedication to preparing young people for their futures, the LBCP aims to provide students with a chance to continue their education, access new employment opportunities, be better equipped to engage in matters of civic life, and become more engaged citizens all around - creating a healthy and vibrant Long Beach community.
Long Beach Unified School District: Excellence & Equity
Long Beach City College
California State University, Long Beach

The LBCP works toward this commitment by focusing on these long-term community goals:

  • Provide a world-class education (from preschool to graduate school) that prepares Long Beach students for successful engagement in the global knowledge economy
  • Increase the number of children who attend preschool
  • Increase the percentage of LBUSD students who are prepared for and attend college directly from high school.
  • Increase the percentage of LBCC students who successfully transfer to to CSULB or another four-year college or university
  • Increase the number of high school students participating in work experience internships
  • Increase the percentage of LBCC students who earn degrees and/or career and technical certificates
  • Increase the percentage of CSULB students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degrees
  • Reduce and eliminate the achievement gaps that exist among ethnic and socioeconomic groups at LBUSD, LBCC, and CSULB
  • Increase community engagement in supporting and participating in The Promise
  • Raise the educational attainment rate of the community

Seamless Transitions

Today, leaders from these same three academic institutions, alongside the City of Long Beach, continue to further their main objective with the help of new data-informed strategies and expanded teams. One of these strategies includes building seamless transitions from one institution to the next to ensure students can find their way to and through college.

To help them reach their professional goals, partners of the LBCP work as a unified system to assist students throughout their entire educational trajectory. Together, these institutions promote excellence with robust early childhood education opportunities, college and career preparation through a high-quality public school system, internships, tuition-free community college for two years at LBCC, and intentional support from CSULB.

Continue Your Journey Into College

High school seniors from LBUSD, St. Anthony, St. Joseph, and Mayfair are encouraged to apply directly to California State University Long Beach (CSULB) or Long Beach City College (LBCC) and continue their Long Beach College Promise journey at the collegiate level.

Explore the site further to learn more about the partners behind the LBCP and why our mission is one worth investing in!

The Long Beach College Promise provided me with many resources as a student, and it also gave me many opportunities. It helped with my first two years of college, and I'm grateful for being a part of the LBCP!

Jorge Martinez
Long Beach City College
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