The Critical Need:
In the District of Columbia, only 52.3% of students are able to read at grade level. With the high school graduation rate at 59%, it is crucial that these academic needs are addressed at an early age.
In the Academic Power Hour, students participate in an hour-long academic segment to receive homework help and one-on-one academic support. Lessons are taught by both Kid Power staff and DC Public School teachers to promote alignment to school day learning.Additionally, students are broken up into small groups led by high school and college volunteers to address individual academic and social needs.
The curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards. However, Kid Power meets students wherever they are academically and works to gradually support these grade-level standards.
Enrichment activities incorporate innovative, hands-on, and kinesthetic learning. For example, students engage in advanced math lessons through a Fantasy Baseball competition or practice literacy skills through researching community issues, writing personal essays, or analyzing films.
In the 2014-2015 School Year:
- 100% of students graduated to the next grade level.
- DCPS teachers reported that 78% of low-performing students made significant academic improvement.
- 92% of parents said that their child had better behavior and increased enthusiasm for learning after participating in the program.