About Us

Welcome to Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy 


The Foundation for Hispanic Education has opened its third charter high school, Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA), serving the San Jose community in 2015. RCLA honors the legacy and vision of its namesake, Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, by inspiring and cultivating competent, ethical educational leaders committed to serving the community.

Through its focus on developing leaders, RCLA will graduate students prepared to succeed in a university setting, prepares students to serve the needs of their diverse community, and empowers students, parents, and school staff to utilize their cultural, linguistic, and personal strengths for service.  Our rigorous academic curriculum has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). For more information about our accrediting, please contact our Registrar department. 

Mission and Vision 

The Mission of the Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA) is to empower students to become community leaders and socially conscious educators. RCLA implements a rigorous Teacher Academy that integrates technology, real-world projects, community values, bi-literacy, and an environment that promotes personalized learning where students have access to post-secondary educational opportunities. RCLA aims to educate students through college preparatory courses that empower them to be academically literate, critical thinkers, effective communicators and independent problem solvers who are agents of education and social justice with a commitment toward the community around them.


RCLA Vision is a school that is just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable for all. Supporting diversity, community, literacy, intergenerational collaboration, and self-empowerment so that all students become critical thinkers through a curriculum that is rigorous, innovative, and implemented through meaningful school relationships.


Who is Roberto Cruz?


Dr. B. Roberto Cruz was the founder and first President of The National Hispanic University. He committed 39 years of his life to educating people and pioneering new ways to reach those who needed it most. He was a visionary leader with boundless energy, focused on innovative solutions to educational issues facing Hispanics and minorities. He passed away in 2002, but not before leaving an educational legacy. In his lifetime, Dr. Cruz established 2 childcare centers, the Latino College Preparatory Academy and The National Hispanic University.  Dr. Cruz received his Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Administration and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley and was a member of the faculty at the Stanford University School of Education.  Dr. Cruz has received more than 200 awards and recognition and in 2005, the community of East San Jose named its new library- Dr. Roberto Cruz- Alum Rock Library in his honor.  Dr. Cruz is being recognized in the “Legends” category along with 9 others including United Farm Workers founder, Cesar Chavez and Valley Developer and NHU donor, John Arrillaga.