Equipping to end the achievement gap
Every day at practice, Mission Squash Scholars participate in at least one hour of supervised academics, accruing over 100 hours of tutoring, homework help and individualized learning per year – that’s 700 hours over the course of each student’s seven-year program membership. Some students receive extra tutoring at weekends from staff or academic mentors.
Starting in 6th Grade, the Academics Program focuses on creating a college-bound culture: the mindset that every Mission Squash Scholar will attend a best-fit College or University, and go on to obtain a four-year degree of labor market value. As well as emphasizing the importance of core subjects with tutoring in math, english, science and social studies, our broader enrichment curriculum supports the development of the whole person and incorporates study and organization skills, socio-emotional skills, personal finance, personal health and more. Support is provided for students for whom English is a second language. The Academics program is led by a full-time Mission Squash Academic Director and supported by trained volunteers.
Our Academics staff liaise closely with teaching staff at our partner schools in order to diagnose academic issues and evaluate the effectiveness of academic interventions for each student. We use digital tools and data from the school district and state to create individualized learning plans for all students which are aligned with standardized state learning objectives (TEKS).
Scholars and parents meet with our staff several times throughout the year as part of our Grades and Goals process, where we set goals, monitor progress and address specific academic concerns or areas for growth. As our students graduate to High School, they begin to participate in specific College Readiness programming in addition to regular academics.
Academic Program Goals
Academic Program Outcomes
Academic Program Elements
Grades are checked by Mission Squash staff on a weekly basis.
Students with any grade below 70 are required to use their squash time as additional time in academics to take any corrective action and receive additional support to stay on track.
Students receive zeros in their gradebook for missing or incomplete assignments. This can have a significant impact on overall GPA.
The Zero Zero policy incentivizes students to manage their time and resources to ensure that all are assignments are complete and turned in on time.
Students who do have a zero are required to use their squash time to complete any missing work before they are able to return to court.