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Watch: San Jacinto USD talks about how Paper helped increase passing grades and help at-risk seniors graduate on time


San Jacinto Schools Use 24/7 Tutoring to Increase Graduation Rates

The Dilemma

San Jacinto USD is committed to setting every student up for success. But with 79% of students coming from socioeconomically disadvantaged households, and 1 in 5 students as English learners, most in the district weren’t able to access after school help on their own.

“The one thing parents asked for, loud and clear, is support for their kids. Because they can’t help their kids.”

— Janet Covacevich, Director, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

The Solution

The district sought a solution that offered individualized support accessible at any time, allowed students to get help in their primary language and would support elementary through high school students. To achieve their goals, San Jacinto USD chose Paper’s unlimited 24/7 tutoring platform.

“The fact that our Spanish speakers could access academic support in their native language is huge.”

— Janet Covacevich, Director, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

The Rollout

Using a multichannel marketing approach spanning signage, flyers, email, video, social media and outreach through teachers, counselors & parent liaisons, San Jacinto USD successfully drove student adoption of Paper. The district leaned on Paper’s pre-built, multilingual content and templates to get the marketing program launched quickly and effectively.

“The [deployment] resources have made it so much easier. It’s like a full package deal.”

— Janet Covacevich, Director, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

The Impact

In just the first few months of usage, 25% of San Jacinto USD students became active users of the system — seeking on-demand tutoring help and submitting writing work for expert feedback. Teachers saw an increase in assignments submitted resulting in better grades. 90% of at-risk seniors graduated on time, with the balance set to graduate over the summer.

“We saw an increase in passing grades. We were able to graduate the seniors that were in danger.”

— Janet Covacevich, Director, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

About the district

Tucked up against the San Jacinto Mountains, San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) encompasses both the suburban areas of nearby Riverside and a highly productive agricultural sector. The district serves a diverse population of more than 12,000 students. Around three in four of SJUSD’s students are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and more than one in six is an English language learner (ELL).

  Enrollment Socioeconomically
English learners


12,468 79% 17.6%

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