"We have a strong commitment in the Chaffey District to provide advantages to kids," Superintendent Mat Holton said. "This agreement will provide guaranteed admission for our district's graduates who meet the minimum requirements for this prestigious university."
The university will provide assistance making sure graduates are ready for college-level English and math - something colleges and universities nationwide have been struggling with.
"The district, whose superintendent is a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus, deserves credit for its commitment to student success," university spokesman Tim Lynch said.
The district has previously struck similar deals with Cal State San Bernardino and Chaffey College. The deal covers "non-impacted majors," in Lynch's words: California's public universities have had to cut back on offerings after years of state budget cuts, making some classes harder to get than others, and some majors harder to get into as a result. Students' grades and SAT scores are also a factor.
"It's a strong motivator to walk in as a freshman and know that as long as they can complete their college preparation requirements, they're guaranteed admission into these colleges," Holton said. "There is no catch. It's simple: They have to meet the minimum requirements, and they're in. And we're excited about that."
The deal is a good one for both local graduates and the university, according to the superintendent.
"They get a diverse cross-section of talented kids within their geographic area," he said.
This is the third year the school district has had a similar deal with Cal State San Bernardino, and Holton said it's led to an increasing number of students graduating with the courses and grades necessary for college admission.
"There's something about that guaranteed admittance," he said. "Just in the last four years in the district, we've gone from 24 percent of them qualifying for Cal State and (University of California) colleges to 40 percent."
The district is looking at additional deals with regional colleges and universities, Holton said.