Academic support looks a bit different at each level, but these programs, which receive funding from the Foundation, offer students the opportunity to get one-to-one help from a teacher in a quiet setting.
Academic support at the elementary schools often entails focussing on a specific skill such as reading, writing, or math. Giving them the opportunity for 1:1 support from their teachers helps with student confidence in subjects in which they may otherwise struggle.
"Before I started ASAP, I would get very frustrated when doing math, especially when I was doing homework without help from my teachers. The word problems were especially tricky for me. I feel like ASAP helped me comprehend math problems much easier." - Peyton, Cougar Ridge Elementary
"I really like that the program is a small group of kids because it makes me feel more comfortable. It’s easier for me to ask questions and learn in a smaller group setting. It also helps me to be more interested in the subject and engaged." - Colby, Cougar Ridge Elementary
After-School Homework Labs at high schools and open libraries at middle schools give every student access to free tutoring or a supervised location to study or use the computer after school.
In High School, after-school homework help is beneficial for students who need extra support. This is particularly true for students who are credit deficient, have limited resources, and have no access to tutoring services outside school. This program is one of the key tools that counseling teams, teachers, and administrators recommend to students.
Teachers shared that:
"This has been invaluable to struggling students... providing them an equitable opportunity for success. It is an awesome way to reach out to students who need a little more help without making them feel called out. I have found a higher success rate since beginning this tutoring funded by the Foundation." - Kristin Bennett, Skyline HS Teacher
“In terms of writing requirements, there’s a big leap between elementary and middle school," says Holly Stipe, a Language Arts teacher at Issaquah Middle School. "Students may struggle to find the confidence and skills to meet the higher expectations.
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