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August 26th, 2011
Nonprofit offers tutoring to struggling San Marcos High School students


San Marcos High School and nonprofit organization Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos have partnered to offer more student tutoring.

The partnership is partially a response to feedback from students and parents, who said they wanted more tutoring options, said Iris Campbell, the district’s spokesperson.

The district offers a new satellite tutorial program, located at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, 211 Lee Street in the former Bonham Pre-K campus. Matn and science tutoring is available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to any high school student.

“The Centro stands ready to help in any way that we can,” said Ofelia Vasquez-Philo, president of the Centro’s board of directors. “Tutors will give sound instruction in course studies and help keep students on track to graduation.”

Supplies such as calculators, pencils, and paper are available at the Centro.

“Our tutors will work closely with the high school math and science instructional coaches who are master teachers. Together the instructional coaches and tutors will plan interventions and support activities to help students be successful in math and science classes,” said Yolanda Almendarez, San Marcos CISD assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

The district offers advice to students who are behind in credits, have looming research paper deadlines, or feel overwhelmed by their class load have trouble prioritizing assignments. For information about the tutoring services, call Teaching and Learning Center at (512) 393-6715, or the high school’s Dean of Academies at (512) 393-6809. The Centro can be reached at 878-0640.

The district also offers tutoring service at the high school during students lunch hour.

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