One major goal of the Academic Program is for all middle school scholars to meet or excel grade level expectations in math and reading by the time they reach high school. A strong foundation is crucial for students to succeed in all subjects and classes at a higher level throughout high school and college. The average amount of reading in college is 100 pages a night; the most important skills for college-level classes are reading, writing, analytical skills, and math. Intervention centers these core areas and supplements them with intensive summer workshops and advanced college prep work in high school.
Although students may pass or even excel in a class, their number grade doesn’t show the whole picture. It is not uncommon for students to be 3 or 4 grade levels behind in math and/or reading despite receiving A letter grades in these same courses. Through the intervention program, our scholars have put in on a regular, day-to-day basis since the spring of 2020, those math and reading gaps are closing. This semester, Ms. Platt created individual trackers for each scholar; these will follow their academic progress through their first month of high school. Scholars will check their math and reading scores in IXL and LightSail, respectively, every 2 weeks. Scholars who hit their monthly goals are invited to celebrate their achievements with Ms. Platt and other Mission Squash staff at the beginning of each month. Scholars who fall short of their monthly goals are required to attend extra programming on at least 2 Saturdays a month in order to strengthen their weaknesses.
Stay tuned for more updates on our Academic Program and middle school scholars’ intervention progress!