Average Student-to-Tutor Ratio 2:1
Average Activity Time/Day/student 1 hour
Total Hours of Academic Support 1782
Total Hours of Enrichment Support 882
Total Students Served 74
The Data Team responsible for compiling this information is:
Steven Lotz, Senior, MU School of Business
Trevor Moin, Sophomore, MU School of Business
Ryan Janowski, Sophomore, MUSchool of Business
Elijah Montgomery -Smith, Program Assistant for Technology
Grade A Plus is committed to providing quality Out of School Time Academic Support and Enrichment service to students and families lacking resources to obtain these services on their own. The services are designed to assist students to succeed in school and in developing their life skills through enrichment opportunities provided by the program.
Two-thirds of the time is devoted to School Assigned activities with one-third of the time devoted to GAP related educational resources to enhance student learning and development.
Services are provided by volunteer teams of persons interested in helping children to succeed in school. The majority of volunteers are provided by the University of Missouri through the Service Learning program, followed by college students who belong to organizations or students who attend with an interest in serving the community. Community volunteers help support areas such as food service, transportation, and special events. The Math Up! program is dedicated to tutoring 8th grade to High School level students through a collaboration with the MU Math Graduate department. 10% of students enrolled are in this program.
The majority of academic time is focused on math development, followed by reading. As of Summer 2018. the months of May & June are focused on science development. A Robotics unit is provided in the Fall of each year. Tutors are also provided in specific subject areas when requested and when possible in subjects such as Spanish or Physics.
All student participants are evaluated during each tutoring session for development of positive Learning behaviors. It is the goal of Grade A Plus to help students to be Ready to Learn. Three areas of development are Focus, Work Ethic and Cooperation, and three levels for achievement are 1- Needs Improvement, 2- Developing, and 3- Achieved. Report cards, teacher and parent comments are also monitored to note change in development.
Grade A Plus serves a diverse population of students reflective of the Columbia's community for Race and Ethnicity. Enrollment by Gender is well distributed. Student enrollment by Grade is 90% between 1st and 8th grade. Points of measurement are the transitions from Elementary to Middle school, and Middle school to High school, then acquisition of nine credits to mark success as of the end of the Freshmen year of High school.
Parent survey information revealed:
"Grade A! Helps my daughter prepare for class on a day to day cycle. The tutoring provided is a structured environment that my daughter was lacking in order to comprehend all the material taught to her during her school day."
"My daughter has more confidence and her grade has improved significantly. Her teacher was not very helpful even though she met with my daughter before school. She was not willing to help explain things, just repeated the same thing over and over. As we know, that is not the way people learn."
Student survey information revealed:
"This program has got me through almost all of elementary school and encouraged me to keep moving forward and be proud of myself! Next year I'm going to middle school!"
"This program should continue to be offered to others in the community because it offers kids like me hope. I've been told by my own teachers that I couldn't get a C or better in their class. By talking to my math tutors they helped me stand in expectancy for something better happening for me. So many students are being discouraged at school and they need a program like this, not only to help academically but mentally and emotionally."