Jaime Escalante developed a relationship with East Los Angeles
College. He realized that he did not have enough time during school hours to teach the students everything they needed to know for the Advance Placement exams. He began to teach summer school at Garfield however he eventually lost the ability to teach during the summer. It was at this point that Escalante asked the college to help him. The college was pleased to help Escalante and its community. Not only did the partnership with the college help Escalante by providing a flexible schedule and classrooms but it also helped the program grow.
The Escalante Math and Science Program is an intensive approach to pre-collegiate mathematics and science instruction whose comprehensive mission is to prepare inner city disadvantaged youths (primarily Latinos) to enter and succeed in mathematics-based college and university programs leading to careers in fields related to math and science, while simultaneously improving the quality of math and science instruction at inner city elementary, middle and high schools.