As an after school activity, the program has been sponsored at schools across L.A. Unified since 2010 by the District’s Beyond the Bell Branch. Every year since, the DIstrict has sent at least one team to the National Finals.
Beyond the Bell Executive Director Alvaro Cortés says that while winning is great, what really counts is what the program does for students.
“CyberPatriot generates excitement among students about coming to school, staying in school, going to college and planning a career,” he said. “I have seen students join this program and — for the first time — become leaders and apply themselves as never before. As an educator, I could not ask for more.”