Many of the students who come to the Center believe they are not "cut out" for school. They seek extra help and support not because they are in the top 5% or 10% of their class, but because they exhibit one or more "risk" factors including: inconsistent school attendance or truancy, behavior problems, academic weaknesses, etc. This path offers a comprehensive range of educational and psychosocial services that assist students to create positive futures for themselves and to increase their motivation and ability to complete high school.
These services include a comprehensive college preparation process leading toward admittance to two and four-year institutions, gender-based counseling groups, and after school enrichment activities. Students also participate in a highly successful Adventure Based Counseling program that builds positive peer group supports through a series of wilderness, expeditionary learning and community service experiences. Ninety percent of the students who follow this pathway complete it and of those, 90% are accepted at a two or four year college. These figures are all the more remarkable considering that over three-quarters of the students are originally referred to the Center on the basis of poor academic performance and attend high schools where graduation rates can be below 50%.