Programs

Counseling  Eleven therapists from Airport Marina Counseling Service and one from Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, together with their supervisors, work from the Healthy Start building each week, counseling students in both group and individual settings.

Thirty-seven Westchester High and Magnet students and all 35 students from Del Rey are seen in weekly counseling sessions. These students have concerns ranging from depression to disruptive behavior to grief to poor academic performance. Some have trouble adjusting to the stresses of high school. Others are victims of violence, both in the home and in the community. Some are in foster care, and others are referred because of truancy. 

Tutoring Twenty-five students from Loyola Marymount University are on campus two days a week to tutor Westchester students. They work one-on-one or with small groups. Most tutoring is in math—algebra and geometry, with some trigonometry. Other subjects include English, health, science and history.

Hannon program Twenty-five students and their parents participate in the William H. Hannon program. This program involves Saturday morning classes in algebra and English for students and in parenting and life skills for parents, in addition to weekly tutoring. Hannon students are given agendas to keep track of their assignments. These are checked daily by their parents and weekly by their tutors.

Walk-a-Thon An annual Walk-a-Thon is held to raise funds for Healthy Start, a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charitable corporation. A regular schedule of grants are written, and individual and corporate donations are appreciated.