education

Education

Our college program at San Quentin State Prison provides 20 intellectually rigorous courses each semester in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science, as well as intensive college preparatory courses in math and English. Our courses are student centered and culturally responsive, and we assist instructors and tutors in maintaining these practices through trainings, syllabus consultation, and semester-long support. Students pay no fees or tuition. All textbooks and school supplies are provided by our program and through donations from publishers.

WHAT WE OFFER

ON-SITE INSTRUCTION

In contrast to widely-available correspondence courses available at a cost at most prisons, our courses are in-classroom and discussion-based, and offer transferable credits.


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COLLEGE PREP

Our college preparatory courses help students to brush up on basics of writing and math, and to establish trust and comfort in the classroom setting.
 


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AA DEGREES

The AA in General Studies offered through our college program provides a rigorous multi-disciplinary education through introductory courses in the humanities, math, and science.


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OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNER
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Patten University

Our AA Degree program at San Quentin State Prison is an extension site of Patten University— our accredited university partner. Students enrolled in credit courses are registered at Patten as if they were enrolled at its main campus, in Oakland. The Prison University Project takes primary responsibility for curriculum, teacher training, and program administration at the San Quentin extension site.

BY THE NUMBERS
20
COURSES
We provide 20 intellectually rigorous, liberal arts courses per semester to students pursuing their AA degree.
350
STUDENTS
The number of students currently enrolled in our program at San Quentin State Prison.
140
GRADUATES
As of 2016, over 140 men have completed their AA degree through our college program at San Quentin.