Describe all intervention strategies employed by the school to improve the academic performance of students identified by the early warning system.
There are many academic strategies employed by Apollo Middle School to improve academic performance for students with early warning indicators. Apollo Middle School provide students with computer-based programs to improve student achievement. Some of the programs include, but are not limited to Mathletics, First In Math, USA Test Prep, Achieve 3000. These programs are used on a daily basis as enrichment and remediation strategies for students. Mastery Connect is used as an evaluation tool to monitor student progress and assessment scores. In addition Saturday Academy, pullouts for core classes, and before/after school tutoring are provided in math, reading, science, and social studies for students requiring intervention. Apollo also provides several mentoring programs as interventions for struggling and at-risk according to the early warning indicators.
The SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) program will continue to fully embed SEL into interdiscplinary students throughout students' curriculum for each grade level. This curriculum will be supported by a SEL Team that will monitor, evaluate and improve upon SEL instruction in the classroom with online enrichment programs, LEEO curriculum, Social awareness workshops for students, Harmony Materials, Peer counsieling, Health and Wellness center (within the school) and parental involvement events.
The primary mentoring and tutoring programs available to these students are First Priority, Developing Intelligent Young Men (DIYM), Ladies of Style and Elegance (LSE), Rites of Passage and Real Talk mentoring program. The DIYM program was started six years ago to reach out to at risk males in the 8th grade. Many of the students in the program struggled with academic issues. Students in the program have computer access and an hour of tutoring each meeting. The program provides students with guest speakers and field trips to local colleges. The Ladies of Style and Elegance was developed to mentor 8th grade girls. In addition, to mentoring the program does community service and fundraising activities to keep the girls focused on success. The program monitors the grades and behavior of all their students. The young men of DIYM and the ladies of LSE serve as student ambassadors for school events held on campus. The Rites of Passages Program provides mentoring and tutoring for 6th grade male students. The program meets four days a week after school. During that time the young men learn different techniques to utilize to help them be successful in school and life. The “Real Talk” Mentoring Ministry Program offered at Apollo Middle School for young men from ages 11-14. In the program, your child will be matched with an adult volunteer mentor who will meet him at the school. The volunteers will act as mentors, counselors, advocates and educators on subjects specific to your child’s needs and interests as well as act as an adult role model and source of friendship and encouragement.
All these programs provide hands on academic support for our student's academically success. These programs and initiatives focus on the academic wellness of our students.
Hispanic Unity 4Teens (U4T) and 21st Century are year-round programs for at-risk middle school age youth. Both programs provide parents with before and after school care for their children for free. The programs has been designed to provide education and enrichment activities to help students attain academic and social success, reduce risk behaviors and learn skills so they may grow into self-sufficient, productive adults. Students are able to get homework assistance and tutoring in all the core subject areas. Lastly, Apollo Middle is proud to be a 21st Century Learning school which is a supplemental academic enrichment program that accompanies general education and core subjects for all students before, after school and in the summer. The program is designed to provide students with remediation and tutoring daily, year-long and in the summer between school years to boost FSA scores and student achievement.