This comprehensive after-school program takes place five days per week for two hours per day at Sandy Springs Charter Middle School. It incorporates academic remediation and enrichment. The program is implemented in collaboration with the Georgia State University Research Foundation and After-School All-Stars Atlanta. Students show an increase in test scores and grades, a decrease in disciplinary infractions and an increase in attendance as a result of participation in this program. This program serves 150 students annually at a cost of $800.00 per student. Learn more and how to apply to participate in this exciting program.
Aspire After-School Program
This high school program incorporates many of the same elements as its middle school counterpart. Operating three afternoons a week, this North Springs High School program offers academic support for one hour followed by enrichment activities, field trips, exposure to college and vocational schools and career opportunities. This program serves 30 students at an annual cost per student of $1250.00.
We launched our pilot Tutor Teams program during the 2020-21 school year to support students who suffered pandemic-related academic setbacks. This weekly virtual program paired high schoolers and elementary students to help with homework, math and reading skills. SSEF initially recruited tutors from the International Baccalaureate and National Honor Society (NHS) programs at Riverwood International Charter High School. Once word spread, high schoolers from the Riverwood HS Community Service Club, Youth Leadership Sandy Springs and a Sandy Springs private school volunteered. The results were amazing: 78% of our Ison Springs students in 1st through 5th grades maintained or increased their reading scores and 94% increased their math scores. The pilot program was so successful, we expanded in 2021-22 to include North Springs High School NHS students and 1st and 2nd graders at Dunwoody Springs Elementary. We were thrilled that 100% of the Dunwoody Springs students improved both their math and reading scores! This program turned out to be a real win-win for tutors and students. Joshua B., a 4th grader, commented, “I’ve learned to be myself” while working on math with his tutor. Isabella Stahlman, a tutor who helped us recruit volunteers, noted, “I thoroughly enjoyed watching the children reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives through a personalized virtual connection.” This program runs from September through May. Interested in volunteering?