We chose JSerra because of the SERP program. We heard from a close friend that it was invaluable to their daughter and can now attest firsthand that it has been a true blessing to our son. Last year as a freshman, the transition to a much larger school and heavier homework load was overwhelming. But the teachers in his SERP class guided him through. He was supported academically with organizational skills, and emotionally, which gave him the confidence to persevere through the transition and ultimately achieve a 4.0 in his second semester. All the SERP teachers, which my son insists are the best in the school, as well as Denise Dale, are behind him and encouraging him. As a mother who has walked his learning journey with him, I can’t express the gratitude I feel that they not only advocate for him, but also more importantly, have taught him how to advocate for himself.
Our son takes advantage of the distraction-free testing center where he is able to ask for clarification and/or use extra time as needed on tests. He is so comfortable with Mrs. Dale that he goes directly to her via email in the event he has issues with scheduling or teachers. During the SERP period, he gets help with any subject that he needs tutoring on and enjoys the camaraderie with other kids.
The school and the SERP department have done a wonderful job creating an atmosphere in which the kids are respected and not judged. My son feels no stigma in being in the program. On the contrary, he feels proud and lucky to be in SERP because he recognizes how much it helps him.
JSerra is an excellent school with teachers who really care about our children. Communication with all the teachers is encouraged and they are very responsive. This is especially obvious in SERP.
My husband and I have marveled at our son’s growth, confidence, and feeling of empowerment in just one year. With a grateful heart, I thank the SERP program for being a primary factor in this process of growth where he has been given the tools to recognize and reach his true potential.