Halfway through her senior year at Glendale High School, Serenela Suarez, 18, was behind in credits and considering dropping out. She frequently didn’t show up at school because her homework wasn’t done, and she felt her teachers weren’t responsive when she needed help.
But her luck turned, Suarez said, when she found out about the AdvancePath Academy, a Glendale Unified School District program for students who are in danger of dropping out of high school. Suarez enrolled in the academy about a week after it opened in January 2007, and she’s still there a year later, working on her high school classes one at a time.
“I love it,” Suarez said. “They don’t pressure us to do six classes at the same time.”
Suarez is among about 120 students enrolled in the program, which marked its one-year anniversary on Thursday.
In that time, 11 students have graduated from the program, said Narek Kassabian, the lead teacher for the academy.