San Marcos High School is celebrating its first cohort of the Academy for Success. Modeled after the Academy for Success at Dos Pueblos High School, and mentored by Kelly Choi, 32 students, who had previously been unsuccessful in the school system, were recruited at the end of their ninth-grade year to begin this three-year program.
Through personalized attention and support from a dedicated team of five teachers and a counselor, these previously struggling students are blossoming. In the fall, San Marcos Academy for Success students traveled as a cohort to English and world history. In the spring, students took science and math. All year long, students participate in Guided Studies where they are paired with student mentors to check grades and receive tutoring. During the last period of the day, students take their elective class with the general population. In addition to academic support, students are also given the option for one-on-one counseling with a licensed therapist. The results so far are inspiring as there have been noticeable improvements in attendance, grades and behavior.