Success Story

Giving At-Risk Students the Opportunity to Get Back on Track

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Los Angeles County Office of Education, California

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1,100+ incarcerated and at-risk youth

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The unique student population at Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige, a juvenile probation camp, required an intense credit recovery program that enabled educators to meet each student’s needs.

The school needed a reputable credit recovery program with a record of achievement in implementing credit recovery options for high school students, as they are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This was particularly critical for the students at Paige High School for whom the goal is to transition back into their respective communities.

“Providing Apex Learning for our ARC credit recovery program is the academic life preserver these educationally disregarded children need. Thank-you on behalf of our children for your continuing educational vision.”

Mark McKinley, ARC Program Instructor, Afflerbaugh-Paige High School
Los Angeles County Office of Education, California


Students arrive at Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige with a spotty academic past and it takes time to demonstrate attendance at previous schools and then validate previous earned credits. Once validated, students requiring partial credit or full credit are able to enroll in Apex Learning and quickly be entered into the ARC (Achieving Recovery of Credits) system. Apex Learning’s digital curriculum has enabled Paige High School to provide intensive remediation and efficiently implement a systematic method for issuing credits, both partial and full, according to each student’s needs.

“Many of the students are in desperate need of intense, core academic credit recovery and some need elective recovery of credits,” says Mark McKinley, the ARC instructor who has been involved with the Apex Learning implementation for over three years. “Apex Learning meets their individualized academic recovery needs.”


Students, teachers, and para-educators have responded enthusiastically to the Apex Learning LACOE ARC process. Apex Learning enables teachers to monitor students’ results, identify learning gaps, and point out where each student should focus before retaking a quiz.

Students are motivated by immediately seeing the results from their adaptive assessments. When they complete their hours or credits and then watch the teacher input those results into the database, they actually see evidence of their academic work and the reward of successfully completing a previously failed class.

Students are now inquiring more about college and university program offerings, and some are even taking online college courses in conjunction with Los Angeles City College. 

A Second Chance for At-Risk Students

“The ‘best practices’ are really the best practices for our student clientele,” explains McKinley. “We took the time to truly understand the academic needs of our adjudicated students — the socio-emotional frustrations they are caught up in. After all ... these are just kids. They do not fully comprehend the consequences of their immature actions, and these childish actions should not have permanent, detrimental consequences. The end results we here at LACOE/DSP are looking for starts with the best interests of our students!”

Paige High School has used Apex Learning for their Achieving Recovery of Credits (ARC) program for four years, providing a personalized learning environment that supports and motivates their at-risk student population. Principal Ray Donahue emphasizes that “from July 2016 to April 2017, Paige High School students successfully completed 152 academic courses. As a result we have also seen an increase in high school diploma-based graduates.”

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