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Vision:
The Tenth Grade Center is a specialized one-year program designed to give every tenth grade student the tools they need to be successful in high school, college, and the workplace, and continuing exposure to the foundational skills introduced in the Freshmen Center.

Mission:
• On-time eleventh grade matriculation
• Completion of 10th Grade A-G requirements
• Involvement of all students in at least one extra-curricular activity
• Partner with parents to support student achievement of academic and
extracurricular mission


Philosophy:
Starting in 2006 all tenth graders (except Magnet students) will be enrolled in the Tenth Grade Center, a collaborative, student-focused effort to help them continue to acquire the necessary foundation skills to allow them to succeed in high school and beyond. This builds on the work done in the Freshmen Center. The Freshmen Center and the Tenth Grade Center together complete the lower grade small learning community preparation model first introduced by the California Department of Education in Second to None. The curriculum includes a full year of English and math (stressing literacy, writing and numeracy), biology, physical education, world history, and elective(s) that will lead to their choice of an upper grade Small Learning Community for 11th and 12th grade. The intent of the Tenth Grade Center is that students will develop strong academic backgrounds that will enable them to complete grades 11 and 12 successfully. Good work habits and study skills will be emphasized, and students will be provided a variety of interventions during the day and outside of regular school hours.