The PACE Promise, a joint program of San Marcos Unified School District and California State University San Marcos, guarantees CSUSM admission to all district students continuously enrolled in the district from ninth through 12th grade who meet entrance requirements. This program began with the high school graduating classes of 2009.
The PACE Promise remains the name of the scholarship program, but to ensure long-term sustainability and create additional programs to support students with college and career aspirations, The San Marcos Promise was established in 2014.
The Promise provides a step-by-step plan of preparation for college. Beginning in seventh grade, San Marcos students must work to fulfill program expectations. Meeting these requirements also prepares them for admission to most California public and private universities and colleges. Students who meet all the program’s academic benchmarks and the financial need criteria, as determined by CSUSM, may receive monetary assistance from a private foundation associated with the Promise while attending the university.
Improving college options for this generation of students, the Promise provides dynamic, accelerated services which include tutoring and mentoring, visits to the university campus, enhanced test preparation for English and math entry-level exams and extensive information regarding college preparation and admission. The Promise thus provides a vital link from the secondary school setting to the university.