Por Vida Academy Charter High School–turning lives around

Candelario Alvarez is the manifestation of success. Graduating from Por Vida Academy Charter High School in 1996, he joined the US Marine Corps that same year. After 18 years of service to his country, Alvarez retired and returned home to San Antonio with his wife and three children. He is currently attending St. Phillip’s College where he is working towards a teaching degree in Kinesiology.

Alvaraz, who goes by ‘Cande’, wasn’t always headed down a path that would lead to a productive, successful life. He doesn’t mince words when telling how he was emphatically asked to leave Highlands High School just two weeks shy of the end of his freshman year. “I was involved in a gang and living a very tough and dangerous way.”

After a short, unproductive period at a Job Corps center, Alvaraz was still determined to finish high school. “I can’t remember how I ended up at Por Vida Academy, but it was my honor to attend and graduate from a school that allowed me to turn my life around,” said Alvarez. “Por Vida allowed me to become the man I am today.”

Cande and Ninfa

Cande with Mrs. Chavarria from Por Vida staff.

Alvarez maintains the teachers at Por Vida make all the difference.  “The teachers here approach the students with a different perspective,” he explains. “They don’t see a student’s past behavior or problems, but approach each individual as a first time student. That way, you are not being given a “second chance” but your first chance to succeed.”

Por Vida Academy Charter High School is located on the campus on Blessed Sacrament Academy at 1135 Mission Road.  The school is open to any student seeking to get an education—no matter the background or academic level. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Por Vida, contact Joseph Rendon at jrendon@por-vida.org. Or call, for an appointment to register at 210.532.9161.


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