Academy

The Academy Program is a Special Education program designed for students who are interested in earning a CA State High School Diploma in a smaller, co-taught classroom setting for all core classes. 

Academics:

  • Structured, specialized learning environment for CA state diploma-bound students who desire a Catholic education
  • Co-taught Program, one general education teacher and one special education teacher, in the subjects of Math, Science, Social Science and English
  • Up to 12 Academy students in core subject classes – Math, Science, Social Science & English
  • Academy students integrate into typical Religion and Elective courses with use of peer mentors to implement academic and social accommodations.
  • All academic and elective courses are labelled with the Academy distinction on the student’s transcript. 
  • Students work towards a Non-College Preparatory CA State Diploma (classes are not designated with A-G or UC/CSU approved credits)
  • CA State Standards for Diplomacy

Typical Academy Four Year High School Plan

Freshmen

  • Academy English
  • Academy Math
  • Academy Biology
  • Academy Study Skills
  • Catholic Faith 9 – AC
  • Foundations in Visual Art and Design – AC
  • Physical Education – AC

Sophomores

  • Academy English
  • Academy Math
  • Academy Anatomy & Physiology
  • Academy World History
  • Academy Study Skills
  • Catholic Faith 10 – AC
  • Elective

Juniors

  • Academy English
  • Academy Math
  • Academy Oceanography
  • Academy US History
  • Academy Study Skills
  • Catholic Faith 11 – AC
  • Elective

Seniors

  • Academy English
  • Academy Math
  • Academy Government
  • Academy Study Skills
  • Catholic Faith 12 – AC
  • Elective
  • Elective

Post High School:

  • Students can attend Community College in order to obtain an Associates Degree.
  • After Associate’s Degree is earned and prerequisites are met, students are able to apply to transfer to four year universities.
  • Students can apply for similar type programs at a four year university earning a certificate not a Bachelors.

Peer Mentors

Student mentors are a critical component of our Academy program. These peer mentors are Juniors and Seniors who are chosen to be role models and academic supports for students, and they must meet certain standards of excellence. They are selected through a rigorous screening process that includes letters of recommendation, interviews and a base GPA level. 

Academy mentors have two primary roles; to help provide accommodations to the Academy students, and act as a liaison between the Academy teacher and the General Education teacher. The accommodations include (but are not limited to):

  • Organization of materials
  • Checks for understanding/focus
  • Monitoring frustration levels 
  • Encouraging interactions with other peers
  • Note taking help  
  • Reading questions/passages aloud 
  • Planner checks
  • Working with the subject teacher to reduce (not change) homework assignments if necessary
  • Helping with study guides (Quizlets, Google Docs, etc.)
  • Checking in with Academy teachers regularly on student’s progress
  • Updating a Google Calendar with assignments/tests
  • Social liaison during lunch, dances and clubs when able

If you would like further information, please fill out this inquiry form.