The San Mateo County School Boards Association (SMCSBA), representing 22 school districts, the San Mateo Community College District, and the San Mateo County Office of Education, presented the 2016 Kent Awards on May 23rd.

The awards are given to outstanding and innovative programs either in the classroom or outside the classroom as well as district-wide programs. Applicants must demonstrate their programs promote student success, employ a high degree of creativity, and demonstrate transferability. Named after past San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, J. Russell Kent, SMCSBA initiated the J. Russell Kent Award Program in the 1980-81 school year.

This year Carlmont High School was awarded for the following program:

Social Academic Communication Class
Sara Cohn, Special Edcuation Teacher
Michelle Morris, Speech and Language Specialist

Approximately 80-90% of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) students are unable to maintain full time employment due to poor social skills. Approximately 80% of ASD adults also suffer from anxiety and girls_studying_grass_Largedepression. This class at Carlmont is trying to reduce these grave percentages for our students by using a transdisciplinary curriculum grounded in evidence based practices in order to improve our students’ social cognitive skills so that they can become healthy, contributing members of society. The site visitor remarked, “This program is really amazing! The leadership students who participate in the program with their special education peers said that one of the things they enjoy most about being a part of the class is that they are helping other students have a better, fuller high school experience by participating in student activities like prom, potlucks, games with others and more.“