GAP TIMELINE


1961 - Sr. M. Giovanni Gourhan, SSND, moves to the West Side and begins teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School.

-Sister Giovanni Gourhan ("Sister G")-

1964 - Sr. "G" begins a summer school program for Latino Youth - the humble beginnings of the Guadalupe Area Project (GAP).

1965 - GAP gets first grant from the Office of Economic Security (OEO).

1966 - Adult literacy classes and high school tutoring begin.

1967 - Sr. G and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the Catholic Order of Sisters to which she belonged, purchased a house across the street from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Began the alternative high school.

1969 - Incorporated as the Guadalupe Area Project, a non-profit organization.

1970 - Began construction on a nine room addition to the house, consisting mostly of classroom space.

1975 - GAP receives United Way funding for the first time.

1979 - GAP joins the St. Paul School District.

1982 - GAP ends adult literact classes and summer school program for Latino elementary age students.

1983 - GAP leaves the St. Paul School District.

1988 - GAP receives accreditation from the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA).

1988 - Through the States High School Graduation Incentives project, GAP receives state funds through a contract with the St. Paul School District to provide education for high risk youth.

1989 - Construction is completed on a new 15,000 sq. ft. school building.

1995 - Construction of a 12,000 sq. ft. addition was completed which included a gymnasium, childcare center, classrooms, and library.

2003 - Construction of a 3,000 sq. ft. addition was completed which included classroom, counseling, and group activity space.

-GAP School Building-

1990 - Adult education classes are reinstated.

1991 - Child care opens.

1995 - Construction is completed on a 12,000 sq. ft. addition on the school.

1996 - Junior High program begins at GAP.

1997 - GAP receives North Central accreditation in addition to MNSAA accreditation.

1998 - Our name changes to Guadalupe Alternative Programs and a new, comprehensive strategic plan is introduced.

2000 - Web site is developed.

 

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