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Principal's Message

Greetings Panther students and families, 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 22-24 school year.  It has been wonderful to serve as the Newark Unified Principal of Alternative Education since 2017.  I am happy to be able to continue my career with all of you.  

I am proud to announce that the WASC team reconfirmed our accreditation.  We plan to continue improving our program to best support our students and families. 

I encourage all Panthers and their parents/guardians to be proactive.  Be productive in your classes and actively participate. Reach out to staff with questions and feedback.  Volunteer to take part in leadership opportunities.  Make the most of your Panther experience.   


Julie Calderón

Principal, Alternative Education 

Saludos Panteras y familias, 

Me da gusto darles la bienvenida a 22-23.  Ha sido un placer servir como la Directora de Educación Alternativa de Newark Unified desde 2017.  Estoy feliz de poder continuar mi carrera con todos ustedes.  

Me siento muy orgullosa de anunciar que el equipo de WASC reconfirmó nuestra acreditación.  Queremos seguir mejorando nuestro programa para apoyar a nuestros alumnos y sus familias.  

Recomiendo que todas las Panteras y sus padres/guardianes pongan de su parte. Haz tu trabajo en clase y participa.  Ponte en contacto con los maestros con pregunts o sugerencias.  Toma parte en oportunidades de servicio y liderazgo.  Disfruta de tu experiencia en Bridgepoint. 


Julie Calderón 

Directora de Educación Alternativa  


About Principal Calderón

I am the proud eldest daughter of Peruvian immigrants. I was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in Hayward.  After graduating from San Lorenzo High School, I attended UC Berkeley where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Secondary English.  While working as a teacher In Hayward Unified, I earned a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.  I worked as a teacher and assistant principal in San Lorenzo Unified. During that time, I also received my Administrative Services Credential from CSU East Bay.  I served as vice principal of Alternative Education for Pleasanton Unified before joining Newark Unified. 

In addition to my schooling, I have completed teacher training from the College Board in Advanced Placement Literature and Composition and participated in numerous seminars hosted by Facing History and Ourselves and The World as It Could Be Human Rights Education Program.  I was a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a seminar in the Renaissance at Columbia University. I completed the 2019 ACSA Special Education Academy. I look forward to pursuing my doctorate in education in the near future.  

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking dance classes, writing, cooking, and traveling. I am a longtime and current volunteer for Girls Inc. of Alameda County and the California Alumni Association. I look forward to volunteering at my daughter's school in San Lorenzo.