More than 90% of our time is dedicated to bridging the learning gaps experienced by disadvantaged students. The RAND Corporation defines disadvantaged students as “those whose family, social, or economic circumstances hinder their ability to learn at school.” These students also tend to be “at-risk,” which the National Center for Education Statistics has determined is the result of at least one of the following factors:
- Living in a single-parent home
- Low socio-economic status
- Changing schools frequently
- Below-average middle school grades
- Failing at least one grade level
- Older siblings who have dropped-out of school
In addition to children in foster care, we also provide tutoring services to homeless students (funded under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act), youth participating in programs funded under the Workforce Development Act, and students receiving special education services (also Title 1 funded).
Addressing Educational Disparities
Research undertaken by RAND demonstrates that individualized instruction is needed to improve educational outcomes of at-risk students. Intensive one-on-one tutoring is effective because the tutor becomes teacher, coach, and mentor. Tutors are able to provide immediate feedback, address errors, and facilitate guided learning by doing. Students simply are unable to get this type of concentrated educational attention and encouragement in the classroom.
What We Do
All services to at-risk students are provided in contractual collaboration with a partner agency or school district. Once we accept a referral, the Educational Coordinator assigned to the project will match the student to the best available tutor. The tutor immediately schedules an appointment with the student (and parent when necessary) for an assessment. An individual learning plan (ILP) is developed that identifies literacy and numeracy benchmarks and goals. The tutor creates a tutoring schedule for each student. All tutoring is provided at the student’s home, public library, community center, or county/agency facility.
To meet student goals and program requirements, a predetermined number of tutoring sessions are recommended. Generally, our policy is to provide at least 2 hours of intensive one-on-one tutoring to students each week. In most cases, students will receive 4 hours of tutoring weekly.
Over the course of the instructional program, students receive the benefits of quality curriculum at no cost to them. We also provide the following deliverables:
1. Pre- and Post-Test Assessments (reading and math)
2. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
3. Attendance Sheets
4. Monthly Progress Reports (to parents, social workers, judges, case managers, etc.)
5. Student Portfolios
As one of the leading tutoring services in the country serving at-risk youth, we are committed to providing the best instruction in a compassionate environment that encourages students to reach for academic excellence.
Community and county organizations as well as school districts can contact us directly for additional information about the ways we help youth attain the education they deserve!