Academic Support

Students who need additional academic help

Weekly Teacher Office Hours – If a student is struggling in a certain class they should first seek the help of their teacher.  The teacher knows the curriculum and what is expected of the student, so this is always the best place to start.  Each teacher at Paraclete offers weekly Office Hours either before or after regular school hours.  The student should be aware of which days the teacher offers the extra help, but if not, they need to contact the teacher directly.

Our grade-level counselors oversee all academic support and will assist all students who are in need of additional resources. If your student is struggling especially in Math and/or English, please contact the grade-level counselor.  If you have other questions regarding academics in general, please do not hesitate to contact:

Mrs. Betty Camas 661-943-3255 x112 or email for grades 9 and 10.

Ms. Ana Vargas 661-943-3255 x119 or email for grade 11 & 12.

Our counselors will set up peer-to-peer tutoring to assist any struggling student. Our counselors provide support and all the needed resources, including study skill and time management tips, to ensure the academic success of each Paraclete student.

Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Nadine Seidel, is always available to help for your student’s academic needs as well. She can be reached at 661-943-3255 x117 or email 

SPIRIT of Knowledge


HOMEWORK HOTLINE! – Harvey Mudd is offering an over-the-phone mathematics and science tutoring for grades 4-12 from 6-9 pm Sunday-Thursday.

Innovation Education (formally Math Magicians) offers tutoring for all subjects. For more information please call (661) 718-3699 or follow this link

Paraclete offers FREE peer tutoring. If your student is struggling with any subject, please have them sign-up for a tutor with their counselor as soon as possible.

Study Suggestions

To help our students (and parents) make the most of study time away from school, the Paraclete High School Counseling staff has some suggestions for effective study techniques.

General ideas include turning off cell phones, computers (unless the assignment is computer-based) and loud music so students can concentrate on the task at hand. Don’t allow friends to interrupt the study time in person, by phone or IM, but do study for a 30- or 45-minute block then take a short break (5-10 minutes) to stretch, get something to drink, etc. Study the tough subjects first when you’re fresh and motivated. Here are some additional specific ideas to assist you with your studies:

Math: Plan 60 minutes/night, Sunday through Thursday, to do homework. If homework is finished before the 60 minutes are up, use the extra time to review notes, organize math notebook, or prepare for the upcoming quiz or test. Use a kitchen timer to keep track of the time. Make study groups in which you all agree, specifically, what you want to accomplish (get through ten practice problems; understand that one type of problem several of you are struggling with, etc.). You will learn from each other! Check out the Cool Math and Khan Academy websites for more math help.

English: As you read, take notes on important characters, potential themes, and literary devices. Write notes at the end of every chapter including basic plot, new characters, conflicts, possible dying characters, etc. Make notes that compare/contrast the characters. Reread passages you do not understand. For writing assignments, begin the essay writing process by making an outline and revise, revise, revise your essay parts and draft!

Science: Take notes in class, compare notes with another student and/or the teacher if you feel you missed or don’t understand something. Make flash cards for vocabulary. Set up tutoring with your teacher! For chemistry, copy solutions to problems solved in class two or three times, put the answers away, and try to solve the problem from scratch. Then go to a new, unsolved problem and give it a try. If you get stuck, note exactly what you don’t understand and bring your attempted work to class and/or tutoring to get answers. Check out the Khan Academy website for more science help.

Social Studies: Read ahead of the upcoming class and, after class, reread the section(s) and add to your class notes from the book or to clarify information. Create flashcards for significant people, terms, events (including cause and effect when possible), economic principles, etc. When writing essays, remember to prove your point (thesis) with sufficient evidence (facts, analysis, effects, etc.). See your teacher for writing help early in the process.

Foreign Language: Make verb and vocabulary flashcards and specific tense conjugation cards or charts. Have someone – even a family member – quiz you on your cards.

Religion: Make note cards with vocabulary and/or make an audiotape or CD that you can listen to on the way to/from school and activities. When a teacher indicates something in your notes will be on a quiz or test, mark it with a * in the margin so you remember to include that point in your studying.