Academic Development

The School Counseling Department collaborates with teachers and families to ensure all students have the support they need to be successful in their education and make progress in their academic achievement. We explicitly teach students basic study skills and strategies, such as SMART goal setting, time management, organization skills, and test taking skills, to maximize each students' ability to learn. School counselors collaborate with administrators to monitor students' academic progress and put in place academic contracts and additional supports when needed. 

In addition, school counselors help students with their transition to high school, monitor students grades, and frequently reach out to families of students that are not meeting academic standards to remove barriers to learning and support students' academic progress. At SMUSD we have an 8th grade promotion policy. Please click on the following links to review this policy:

SMUSD 8th Grade Promotion Letter

SMUSD Carta sobre PromociĆ³n del 8vo Grado - Spanish

Students and families can review the links below to learn more about the high school transition, as well as important information for course selection in 9th grade. Our students are assigned to attend Mission Hills High School (MHHS) or San Marcos High School (SMHS) depending on zoning.

MHHS Course Catalog 2022-23 (includes graduation requirements)

MHHS Course Selection Sheet for Class of 2028 (coming soon)

Upcoming Events
2024 Grizzly Showcase (English).pdf
2024 Grizzly Showcase (Spanish).pdf


SMHS Course Catalog 2022-23 (includes graduation requirements)

SMHS Course Selection Sheet for Class of 2028 (coming soon)

SMHS Frequently Asked Questions Freshman

Upcoming Events
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