Alumni Profiles

Oscar Acevedo-Federico
Class of 2019
 
Oscar was in middle school when five high schools visited his campus to share what they offer students. For Oscar, there was no need to deliberate after the presentations. It was clear e3Civic High was where he would attend. He says it 
Oscar Acevedo-Federico
was the small class size, focus on technology, and individualized learning that appealed to him most. And Oscar knew that the San Diego Central Library offered vast resources including community events, spaces for teens, and an extensive collection of books. He got what he expected – and more! When Oscar began his high school career, he was excited to learn e3 Civic High had courses in robotics, computer programming, and AP-level mathematics. What Oscar wasn’t so sure about was a new approach to learning called Design Thinking where scholars observe the community, identify a problem, develop a solution, receive feedback, and refine their solution. He says he initially struggled with this way of learning, but the hard work paid off. He quickly realized why this approach to problem solving and learning is used by industry leaders like Apple and IBM, and universities like MIT and Stanford.
 
Oscar graduated from e3 Civic High in 2019 and is currently attending UC San Diego where he majors in computer science.
 
 

Sienna DiMuro

Class of 2019

 

Sienna Di Muro started at e3 Civic High as a freshman, she and her mother were living in a homeless shelter. Today, she is thriving

Sienna DiMuro

at Emerson College where she was accepted early decision (see her acceptance video here). Sienna is a remarkable young woman who had the grit and determination to realize her dream of studying media art production at her first-choice college, but part of her success can be attributed to the opportunities she had at e3 Civic High. She says the public charter school gave her the chance to explore different career paths through internships and job shadow days. Sienna also took a career exploration class which taught her how to write an effective resume and cover letter, as well as interview for jobs. Not only was Sienna active on campus by participating on student council, yearbook, peer assistance group, and the Spanish club, she also traveled to China with e3 Civic High! She says traveling abroad helped open her eyes to what the world has to offer.


Today she is enjoying life in Boston as she continues to explore new opportunities. In the future, she would like to start her own scholarship fund for homeless youth.

 

 

Pedro Estrada

Class of 2016

 

Pedro started at e3 Civic High as a sophomore after transferring from another high school and said it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made. He says that because the school is small, he was able to get individual attention and personalized learning. Pedro was also Pedro Estradaable to take classes like robotics and forensics, which weren’t offered at his first high school. He says the learning facilitators at e3 Civic High took great care to make sure the lessons were relevant to the lives of scholars. For example, he took a course called Chemistry in the Community in which scholars learned about metals and other pollutants in water. Pedro took his chemistry knowledge to the next level when e3 Civic High helped him secure a job shadow training at a laboratory at SDSU. The scholar says his love of e3 Civic High went beyond its academic and workforce preparation. Pedro says at this public charter high school, there were no cliques or bullying.


Currently, Pedro is studying neuroscience at Tulane University where he hopes to attend graduate school and earn his Ph.D. so he can be a professor.