School Year: 2013-2014
Mentoring Academy’s second year included many additional developments to the school. The Board was formed, the academic program expanded, and more fully developed, budgets and financial processes are created, and an active admissions program was begun. The initial WASC accreditation visit occurred in September of that school year.
The school year began with 14 students. By year’s end, that number had grown to 21 students with a ratio of four female students and 17 male students. Staff was at nine employees with seven teachers and the addition of two administrators.
FIELD TRIPS / EXTRAORDINARY PROGRAMS
The school visited the Berkeley Rep Theater twice with visits in March and April.
Because the Founder and Director of the Academy, John Muster had been a member of the staff at Mount Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, Mentoring Academy obtained time on the 60inch research telescope. The members of the school completed an extensive exploration of the observatory and related labs.
Mentoring Academy’s first Extraordinary Program was in Year 2 when the school visited Washington D.C. and experienced the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the West Wing of the White House, viewed the Senate and House in session, the FDR Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, and the Space Museum.
The school’s first graduation ceremony consisted of seven graduates. Five were Mentoring Academy students along with the brother and father of one of the students. Although both were accomplished (one chairman of agricultural economics department at UC Davis, the other deep into research in a Davis laboratory) neither had ever obtained their high school degrees. By evaluating their transcripts and life accomplishments, Mentoring Academy was able to grant their high school diplomas and all three graduated together