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After-School Homework Labs

Did you know that after-school homework help and tutoring programs supported more than 19,800 students during the 2017-18 school year? 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.

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.

At Issaquah 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 who are struggling. Teachers shared that:

"Many students on my caseload (as on-time graduation specialist) have been able to raise their grades to passing in these critical classes, which has enabled them to graduate and given them more options for continued education beyond high school."

"The success of the program lies in the fact that it can be so helpful for such a wide range of students, from those that struggle in class to those that excel in class, but are looking for that extra time for their studies or that further clarity in a particular subject's content." 

Access to a Foundation-funded after-school Writing Center was a game changer for one sixth-grade student, who found himself failing Language Arts.

“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."

 

Thanks to the Writing Center, the struggling sixth grader received one-on-one assistance and brainstormed strategies with his peers. By the end of the school year, his work had risen to an A- in Language Arts, and his confidence soared.

At Maywood Middle School, the Foundation funds the "7th Period - All In" program, which helps students reach grade level in math, reading, writing or science. The 2017-18 program demonstrated remarkable success: 73 percent of  participants improved from failing grades to earning at least a C-, and 94 percent of participants improved from failing grades to passing grades or better. Without this intervention, an additional five percent of the entire student body would have earned failing grades in a core class. What did students think?

"My teacher could help me a lot more than my parents."

"I thought I wouldn't really like this, but it turned out to be a really good thing."
 

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