At Mid-Peninsula High School, we believe deeply in the supportive triad consisting of families, students and teachers. Each member has responsibilities and needs. The three members of the triad must work together to provide as many opportunities and options as possible for the student in order to ensure the greatest degree of success possible. Core is the school's formalized procedure by which each student is encouraged to set and meet realistic goals and work toward academic growth.
We believe all students can be successful, and the Core Teacher's role is to help Core students reach their full potential with the understanding that this is a process. We want students to work toward taking responsibility for and control of their education, and to accept the consequences of their behavior. We want students to feel they have options available to them. A Core Teacher builds a relationship with a student based on trust and respect, which becomes a partnership working toward a student's stated goals. This relationship may enable a student to be open to exploring more opportunities and taking more calculated risks.
Core groups meet for 20 minutes each day. Every student has a Core Teacher who functions both as the student's academic advisor and as an advocate for the student within the school and with the parents. Core Teachers help students set goals, familiarize themselves with their transcripts and outline the steps to attain post-graduation plans. Core Teachers also are encouraged to become familiar with a student's academic strengths and challenges, learning styles, educational testing and diagnoses, and family history. This kind of anecdotal information helps the Core Teacher to tailor educational approaches and respond to the individual needs of each student.