Urban Achievers serves 5th-8th graders at Epiphany School and is particularly geared towards those students who are struggling with academics or with other school-related issues such as poor attendance or behavioral problems. The program aims to bring children who are struggling into a safe, supportive environment where they receive additional academic instruction and individualized mentoring and support. Rather than watching television, joining up with peers who may not be good influences, or hanging out in neighborhoods that can be unsafe, our Urban Achievers instead spend their day learning, playing sports, and being mentored by an adult who personally understands the challenges they are facing.
Urban Achievers arrive at Epiphany every Saturday morning at 8am. Their day includes academic instruction in both Reading and Math, as well as additional one-on-one tutoring in other subjects in which they are falling behind their peers. Resources available for Urban Achievers include computer programs and specialized curriculum tools designed to help them improve both their reading speed and comprehension and their arithmetic skills. The Urban Achievers curriculum is fully integrated with students’ regular classroom curriculum to provide seamless support for students’ academic progress. This is a great way to improve students’ academic performance from week-to-week, so that by year end they are performing at or above grade level with their peers and making more than one year of academic progress on the nationally-normed Stanford 10 Achievement test.
In addition to academics, Urban Achievers work with Life Skills Mentors, who help students develop skills to deal with the day-to-day challenges of life. Mentors focus on several key areas – e.g., critical thinking and decision making, communication and interpersonal skills, coping strategies, and self-management. This weekly instruction in “Life Skills” also helps children improve their behavior and achieve key social benchmarks throughout the school year.
Finally, Urban Achievers also engage in sports, volunteer in the community, and take occasional special field trips. Each Saturday afternoon, Urban Achievers leave the program better prepared for the school week ahead of them. The program provides essential resources to some of our most vulnerable students. Their academic gains and improved life skills will, ultimately, help them achieve success at Epiphany and in life.
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Saturday School is an opportunity for students to make up missed class time due to school-week absences or lateness and a chance for students who are struggling in individual subjects to receive valuable one-on-one tutoring. Students arrive at 8AM and must be in school uniform. Teachers, parents, volunteers, and Epiphany graduates lead Saturday School classes and activities.