Program for Academic Success
The Marin School celebrates and encourages diverse thinking and
learning, and offers a unique program for students with learning differences.
Our Program for Academic Success is for students with diagnosed learning differences who need specialized support in one or more areas of study to be academically successful in a college preparatory curriculum.
The Marin School's Program for Academic Success recognizes that students with learning differences have exceptional strengths as well as challenges, and is designed to help build confidence in their capabilities for success. PAS courses give these students the opportunity for learning and skill building, through access to rigorous curriculum by way of appropriate accommodations and modifications.
PAS works for students who are motivated, eager to learn, and ready to participate fully in our school community. Receiving support from this program is just one aspect of a student’s high school experience at TMS.
Director of Learning Services
415-339-9336 ext. 1016
The PAS Promise
The Program for Academic Success (PAS) is both dynamic and innovative as it is designed to allow for a balance of
academic flexibility while meeting important learning milestones within each student’s high school experience.
PAS students are prepared for the best post-secondary options for them, based on their interests, goals, and needs. College counseling provides best-fit post-high school planning.
Commitment to Inclusion
Students in the PAS program are fully included in the TMS community and have have access to all classes and activities. In addition, some of the PAS courses are offered just to PAS students to ensure targeted instruction, while for others, students are given modified curriculum within the standard classroom. This ensures that students receive the right balance of specialized instruction and participation in all that TMS has to offer.
The Program for Academic Success (PAS) is both dynamic and innovative as it is designed to allow for a balance of academic flexibility while meeting important learning guidelines within each student’s high school experience.
Sample schedules for pas students:
The PAS Advantage:
Daily support from the Learning Services Team who work directly with faculty members across all subjects
Fluid evaluation of of your student’s academic progress
Management of qualified accommodations
Skill-building in key areas like executive functioning - including note-taking, time management, self-advocacy and organization.
Direct instruction in study skills that they will need to be successful in school
Supported access to assistive technology.
Frequently asked questions
How will my student be included socially?
The Marin School has many opportunities for students to be included socially. These include clubs, Outside the Walls week, Fall trips, lunchtime activities, SLC events and as they progress through grades 10, 11 and 12, there are numerous opportunities for electives.
What kinds of colleges will my student be prepared for?
How will my student be graded? Will my student be eligible for academic awards?
Your student will be graded in the same fashion as any other student at The Marin School and will be eligible for all academic awards, such as honor roll, etc.
What resources are available for PAS families?
Is there an extra extra fee associated with this program? What does the fee cover?
There is an additional fee - for the academic year 2019-2020, this fee is $5,840. Students in the program receive continual support from the Learning Center, a dedicated study hall with our learning support staff, specialized instruction in core academic PAS classes and an extended orientation at the beginning of their 9th grade year to better prepare them for freshman year at TMS and yearly academic accommodations reports.