Institute of Community Leaders (ICL)

Institute of Community Leaders (ICL) 

Welcome new ICL Students!

Please click here for our ICL Welcome Packet for 2019-2020 —> English | Spanish

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College Exploration!

It’s never too early to start exploring different colleges. Click here for a list of every college and university in the Bay Area, with links to how to visit and learn more about each college.

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ICL Graduates

Please join us in wishing all of our ICL class of 2019 graduates congratulations and best wishes for their next steps!

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College Acceptances

ICL Graduates from the class of 2019 were accepted to the following colleges and programs:

  • American River College

  • California Baptist University

  • California State University, East Bay

  • California State University, Fresno

  • California State University, Northridge

  • Chabot Community College

  • Courtland Thompkins

  • Holy Names University

  • Jackson State University

  • New York Film Academy

  • Ohlone College

  • San Francisco State University

  • San Jose State University

  • United States Marine Corps

  • University of California, Davis

  • University of California, Merced

  • University of California, Riverside

  • University of the Pacific

ICL goes to Facebook!

On Friday, April 12th, ICL students participated in a Facing History and Ourselves event at Facebook headquarters.

Our students, working with other Facing History and Ourselves students from around the Bay Area, participated in an event called Hackathon. Students were asked to create new technology that could help with social justice issues including bullying, developing empathy, and gentrification. The students invented apps, websites, and wearable tech and presented it to Facebook employees for feedback. It was an amazing experience!

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Fundraising Gala!

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ICL Students attended the annual Facing History and Ourselves Gala at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency. Students acted as ambassadors for the Facing History Program, worked as ushers at the event, and spoke with potential donors about the benefits of the program. As a bonus, students attended the dinner afterwards, and heard from Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farmworkers Union with Cesar Chavez!


ICL Valedictorian addressing the James Logan High School Class of 2018!

ICL Valedictorian addressing the James Logan High School Class of 2018!

2018 ICL graduates were accepted into the following colleges:

  • Dominican University of California

  • Notre Dame de Namur

  • SAE Ex'pressions College for New Media

  • Stanford University

  • Northern Arizona University

  • University of California, Irvine

  • University of California, Merced

  • University of California, Riverside

  • University of California, Santa Cruz

  • University of Hawaii, Manoa

  • California State University, Bakersfield

  • California State University, Fresno

  • California State University, Hayward

  • Sacramento State University

  • San Francisco State University

  • San Jose State University

  • Sonoma State University

  • Chabot Community College

  • College of San Mateo

  • Las Positas College

  • Leeward Community College

  • Ohlone College

  • Sacramento City College

  • Santa Monica College

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ICL Celebration of Graduates!

Please see pictures of our fabulous ICL Class of 2018 here!

ICL Parent Nights!

Visit our Parent Corner for handouts and slideshows from our ICL Parent Nights.

The Institute of Community Leaders is a college-preparatory program inside of James Logan High School; it's a school-within-a-school. The students in this program are Logan students who plan on graduating with all the pre-requisites needed for a four-year college or university. This program was designed with a prescribed course sequence that ensures students have every opportunity to meet and exceed the requirements for college. In order to reach that goal students receive both rigorous academic coursework and a variety of support.   

Although this program opened in Fall 2011 with our first cohort of 9th graders, the planning and work for this new program began in Fall of 2008. It has been a long journey! Founding and participating team members include (in alphabetical order): Dorothy Allen, Abhi Brar, Erin Cross, Alicia Elbert, Teri Lampi, Jessica Lange, David Loyd, Amy McNamara, Stephanie Papas, Rev. Rick Perry (COR), Ed Raco, Jodie Schwartzfarb, Meghan Sobcienski, and Karen Yifru. 

Our work has been influenced by many schools and people! Joe Feldman, former Director of Secondary Education in New Haven Unified helped us learn what small successful schools look like around the country and provided us with lots of data and professional reading.  Dr. Olivia Lynch, former Director of Professional Learning Systems for the School Redesign Network at Stanford University's School of Education worked with us for three years to help us focus on the important pieces, and guided us in creating a structure that would work. Also, Enid Lee a nationally acclaimed Educational Consultant on equity and literacy worked with the planning team do establish our collective instructional philosophy and strategies. We also conducted many site visits to other successful small schools in the Bay Area, and we've borrowed some "best practices" from each of them and made them our own. We've learned from Oceana High School, Summit Preparatory, Irvington High School, Conley-Carabello High School, and Hillsdale.  We have collaborated formally and informally with a multitude of other schools and educational leaders in designing this program, and we continue to reach out, collaborate and learn from other professionals as much as we can.  


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