Gerber Elementary School is getting students ready for their future. The school has become a “No Excuses University” school. The program teaches students as young as five years old the importance of going to college.
The program is meant to excite the students about going to college and reminding them that they all have the opportunity to go to a university.
"I think it helps them because they realize there’s options out there and anywhere from Southern California to Maine, they can go to any university and choose which one they want to attend there’s a perfect fit for everyone,” says Assistant Principal Jenny Marr.
Gerber became a part of this in September. It's a complex six-step system that teaches students how to set goals now for their future, by incorporating college into the curriculum.
For example, students in kindergarten through eighth grade are assigned to study college-level vocabulary words.
"It’s good to know that you have people out there willing to help you go to college and willing to work with you,” said Eric Spencer, an eighth grade student.
There are a total of three schools in Tehama County that are “No Excuses University” schools. They include Richfield, Gerber and Jackson Heights.