Santa Margarita Catholic High School

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Our Mission
Taking into account individual student learning differences and needs, ASP facilitates student engagement, success and independence within a college preparatory curriculum through responsive and comprehensive academic support services.

A Brief History
The Santa Margarita Catholic High School Auxiliary Studies Program  was Launched in October 1995. SMCHS saw a growing need to extend additional educational support services to students with diagnosed learning disabilities and attention problems.  Since its inception, the ASP program has continually increased in both scope and size.

ASP services are offered in a rigorous college preparatory setting where students with learning difficulties are competing and succeeding with their non-learning disabled peers. The result is dramatic improvement in self-esteem and substantial documented gains in academic performance. Most notably, students are going on to attend reputable colleges and universities throughout the country with skills and initiative to self-advocate and achieve goals well beyond previous expectations.

ASP Eligibility
Services and classes available through ASP will be extended only to students formally accepted and currently enrolled in the ASP Program. An application should be completed and documentation of the student's learning problems should be attached. Documentation consists of a written report of assessment either by the SMCHS Auxiliary Studies Department or by a qualified and licensed clinician/psychologist. The assessment should have been done within the past three years and the Documentation must specifically demonstrate the presence of a learning issue. This evaluation is the cornerstone of an effective, focused plan of supportive education for the students. For specific information on eligibility requirements, please click here.

Other Functions in the School Community
In addition to support services for students formally enrolled in the program, ASP also:
  • Offers comprehensive assessment services
  • Administers and oversees special accommodations and extended time finals, SAT, ACT, AP and IB tests
  • Maintains records of documentation for all SMCHS students qualified for special services due to learning or attention issues whether or not they are formally enrolled in ASP
  • Is qualified to make recommendations relating to special needs and services for all SMCHS students