Lagging Students Thrive in High School Campus Alternatives

Jan 25, 2014

Amelia, a senior in the Grace School at Piner High, shows off her mural-in-progress, which when completed later this spring, will brighten the quadrangle where she has been attending classes for three years.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Within tiny subsets of four Santa Rosa high schools, academically struggling student find the personalized support to help them graduate—and more.

At Grace School, on the Piner High School campus, the smaller school-within-a-school is structured to provide a supportive environment where students can quickly make up the credits they need to graduate. Principal Tony Negri outlines the differences.

Grace School Principal Tony Negri, outside the school office at Piner High.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  There are four Necessary Small schools within the Santa Rosa H9igh School District:

·       Grace School at Piner High

·       Midrose School at Else Allen High

·       Mesa School at Santa Rosa High

·       Nuevo Vista School at Lewis Opportunity School

School Board member Jen Klose has taken a special interest in these smaller settings, inspired in part by attending last year’s graduation at Mesa School.