Sam Souza is among many students for whom the traditional high school experience just doesn’t work. The recent graduate of Main Street Scholars in Half Moon Bay remembers feeling sick to her stomach with worry over schoolwork. By the end of her sophomore year of high school, it was clear it wasn’t getting better, so she transitioned to Main Street Scholars. 

“I absolutely loved going there,” she wrote in an email to the Review, noting that she felt heard by the program’s student-first approach. “I could tell that the teachers really wanted to hear what I wanted to say rather than my words being drowned out by maybe 20 other students. It felt like family.” 

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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