School Profile​

2020-2021 Mentoring Academy

CEEB code: 054722
Main office: (510) 345-3000

Counseling office (925) 360-5461

Website: mentoringacademy.org

Founder: Dr. John Muster

Counselor/Registrar: Jean Karavidas


Mentoring Academy is an independent school, serving the greater Bay Area community. Our students make a commitment to commute to our location. We target bright, confident, high- achieving students that are seeking a college preparatory high school and may not fit the traditional mold of a large classroom atmosphere. The student body of Mentoring Academy is culturally diverse with a population that is 7% Hispanic, 14% African-American, 72% white and 7% Asian.


Mentoring Academy is a comprehensive four-year private high school enrolling 30 students in grades 8–12. The school opened in the fall of 2013 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2014. Mentoring Academy was granted accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in May 2107 and holds membership in the College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling .




Each mentor teaches a specific subject in regular classroom settings. Mentors also work with individual students helping them with select courses that are developed by Mentoring Academy staff that have been UC approved and by UC a-g approved online courses. Our Mentors support our students, academically and socially so they are successful.

Flexible schedule

Because of the nature of the courses, students can adjust schedules to meet schedules of their lives, take courses intensively or take several at the same time. Although courses are tailored and self-paced, school will be held in regular time, 9 to 5:30 each day. In school hours, students complete essentially all work so evenings can be spent relating to family and friends, reading books, and exploring projects that are dictated by student interests, not required from school. Solid work in the school day is sufficient time to accomplish the goals.

Effective Courses

This union of great resources provides for dramatically more effective courses than single teachers can develop. The academics are then coupled with the support, mentoring, and social life that can be provided in face to face education.

AP® courses are offered: AP Environmental Science. AP is an open-enrollment program.

Honors classes are offered In Art History. Entry into Elementary Functions requires an 80% proficiency score on a school-created Algebra II skills test. Because of the unique opportunities, the school can offer, students may take AP or Honors courses not listed in the regular school curriculum. Because of the size of our school, AP courses are offered when we have more than 3 students interested in taking the specific course. Therefore, AP courses may not be offered every semester. We do encourage our students to take AP exams in subjects of interest even if the student did not have the opportunity to take the AP class.

The Area Vocational & College Programs (AVCP) enables juniors and seniors to enroll in freshman courses and earn college credits at local institutions of higher education. These courses will not appear on Mentoring Academy transcripts but will be noted on the transcript if the class is meeting a requirement i.e. Foreign Language.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to take 4 years or 40 credits of English; 3 years of Math or 30 credits (including geometry); 3 years or 30 credits of Social Sciences/History; 2 years or 20 credits of Laboratory Science; 2 years or 20 credits of Foreign Language; 1 year or 10 credits of College Preparatory Elective; 1 year or 10 credits of Visual Performing Arts; 20 credits total of Physical Education throughout the four years; 1 year or 5 credits of Health Education.

We are a college preparation high school. We require our students to meet the A-G requirements in order to be competitive and apply to colleges. Some of our students transfer into our high school and need to remediate or complete requirements in order to graduate. We therefore allow students to walk at graduation if they have met the minimum state requirements. Those students will take a gap year and apply to colleges in the fall after their non-official graduation and must complete their A-G requirements during the summer and the fall. At the time of completion of their A-G requirements, students will receive their high school diploma. Students that have deposited at a four year institution as a senior, need to complete any outstanding credits before their final transcript is sent on July 1.




The School does not rank


Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

GPA is computed using the above quality points. Beginning with grade nine, all subjects, whether passed or failed, and remediated grades are included in the computation. A minimum of 180 credits is required for graduation . In addition, each student must complete an 80-hour community service graduation requirement. AP and Honors classes are weighted by one point . Grades are recorded on the transcript and GPA is computed in January and May.

Course Remediation

Academic Recovery is available for any class in which the student received a grade below a C-. The new grade is calculated into the GPA at the time of course completion.

Transfer Students

Transcripts of students transferring into Mentoring Academy from another high school will reflect the previous school (s) and the classes, grades, years attended, and the name of the institution.

Transcript Request

Transcripts should be sent and or requested by contacting: JeanKaravidas at: jeankaravidas@mentoringacademy.org

Official Transcripts will be sent directly to the institution within one week of receiving the request. Unofficial transcripts; i.e. not signed and sealed, will be sent out within one week of receiving the request.

Class of 2019-2020

There were 10 graduates in the Class of 2020 and their Weighted GPAs are as follows:

● 4.16

● 4.09

● 4.01

● 3.99

● 3.98

● 3.68

● 3.59

● 3.48

● 3.35

● 3.0

Standardized Test Results









Post High School Placement

●  70% matriculated to 4-year colleges

●  30% selected a gap year

Colleges Attended by

[School Name] Graduates

from the Last Four Years

  • University of California Santa Cruz

  • Savannah College of Art and Design

  • Linfield College

  • University of California Santa Barbara

  • California State University Humboldt

  • Northeastern University

  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

  • Southern Oregon University

  • Lawrence University

  • Emily Carr University

  • Ithaca College

  • University of San Francisco

  • Puget Sound University

  • University of Denver

  • Dartmouth College

  • Langston University

  • Missouri Institute of Technology

  • Lewis and Clark

  • University of Santa Cruz

  • Colorado College

  • University of Puget Sound

  • Western Washington University

  • De Pauw University

  • University of Washington

  • Mount Holy Oak

  • California State University of East Bay

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