School Year: 2012-2013
Mentoring Academy was founded in the summer of 2012 by Dr. John Muster, after he completed his five year tenure as Head Teacher at Maybeck High School. Initially, it started as a summer school program before launching in the fall as a full school year program. From the beginning, the school conducted classes from 9 am to 5:30 pm with the expectation that schoolwork would be completed in the school hours under guidance of the Mentors, rather than expecting students to complete the work at home. The academic year program employed purchased a-g approved courses with a full complement of courseware for the high school curriculum.
Every year since the school’s inception has included a summer school program with three components:
• The Bridge Program for students preparing to enter the 9th grade in any high school.
• The Recovery Program supporting students who need to complete classwork from the previous year .
• And the Enrichment Program supporting students wanting to accomplish a line of
study that does not fit into their schedule.
The school was incorporated, registered with the State of California, and opened in the fall of 2012. Mentoring Academy was founded as a non-profit, public good corporation and has full tax exempt status from the State of California and the Federal Internal Revenue Service.
Mentoring Academy began by focusing on the needs skills and interests of the students attending.
The school began with three students, each having a unique set of talents, needs, and goals. By year’s end, the student population had grown to eight students. The year began with two staff members and ended with four more for a total of seven staff members.
FIELD TRIPS / EXTRAORDINARY PROGRAMS
In the first year the students made three trips to the Berkeley Rep Theater including the plays “The White Snake”, “Troublemaker”, and “Pericles”. They visited museums, and completed a full range of advanced classes. In winter, the whole school went skiing. Students canned tomato spaghetti sauce and prepared Community dinners for their families
Mentoring Academy celebrated the conclusion of its first year with a camping trip to the Eel River near Arcadia.