STARS Learning Center
S.T.A.R.S is a before and after school program for academic recreation and social skills growth of 1st-5th grade students attending Johnson Elementary School. The program is a community partnership of 10 agencies working to complete and sustain a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.
Progress Reveals: It is an Effective Education Program
Academic Related Progress in 2010-2011 School Year:
• 97.5% of STARS students improved their math scores by an average of 5.6 points
Teacher Surveys Report:
• 36% improvement in academic performance
• 44% improvement in class participation
• 20% improvement in getting along well with others
• 80% of STARS students improved their social skills.
• 96% of STARS students improved their swimming skills and 48% of those students became proficient swimmers
• Kids favorite summer activities: Swimming, college visits, reading, field trips, science, extreme sports, horse back riding, collecting tadpoles, learning archery, meeting new friends.
Older youth are an advisory group for programming at STARS. By allowing youth to have a strong role in program selection, youth want to attend and be part of the group.
• “We learned that setting goals is leading you towards success.”
• “STARS is important to me because I never knew what tabacco did to you.”
• ”STARS summer camp is very important, very safe, and very exciting.”
• “Very much appreciated having this program as my husband and I work full time.”
• “Wonderful program. My kids were able to experience things they would not be able to otherwise experience.”
If you are interested in seeing a program like this at your school contact Ann Torbert, 319-377-9839 or email@example.com.
“Transcending the punitive and remedial model of summer schools past,
summer learning’s new form is an artful blend of core academic learning, hands-on activities, skill-building, arts, sports, and meaningful relationships.”
-National Summer Learning, Why Summer Learning Deserves a Front-Row Seat in the Education Reform Arena
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