At Mid-Peninsula High School, we believe deeply in the supportive triad consisting of families, students, and teachers.

Each member has responsibilities and needs. The three members of the triad must work together to provide as many opportunities and options for the student in order to ensure the greatest degree of success possible. Core is the school's formalized procedure by which each student is encouraged to set and meet realistic goals and work toward academic growth.


A Core teacher is a coach and mentor who helps students and families in these areas:

  • Academics
  • Communication
  • Community Building
  • Academic Strategies
  • Goal Setting
  • Post High School Planing

Every student has a Core teacher, whose role is to help Core students reach their full potential. Core groups meet for 20-minutes three times per week (Tuesday/Thursday/Friday).

Core teachers function both as their students’ academic advisor, and as an advocate for the student with the School and with parents/guardians. They help students set academic goals, familiarize them with their transcripts, and support their work with the College Advisor. Core teachers are expected to become familiar with students’ academic strengths and challenges, learning styles, educational testing and diagnoses, and family history in order to best support their learning and growth.



We believe all students can be successful, and the Core Teacher's role is to help Core students reach their full potential with the understanding that this is a process. We want students to work toward taking control of and responsibility for their education as well as accept the consequences of their behavior. We want students to feel they have options available to them. A Core Teacher builds a relationship with a student based on trust and respect, which becomes a partnership working toward a student's stated goals. This relationship enables a student to become more open to exploring more opportunities and take more calculated risks.