When GEAR UP arrived at Southridge last year, Southridge High School had a tutoring program, known as the After School Assistance Program (ASAP), already established. ASAP holds tutoring Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the school library from 2:30-3:30 PM. Teachers from the English, History, Science, Math, and Technology Departments volunteer to tutor students as part of a special retirement option available to Kennewick School District teachers. ASAP pays some teachers to tutor depending on demand for the subject. ASAP also has several volunteer student tutors, who volunteer when they can to earn their volunteer hours as part of their graduation requirements.
GEAR UP partners with ASAP to help students get the assistance they need. GEAR UP provides tutors in areas not already covered by another resource. The Student Achievement Specialist also tutors at ASAP which not only helps students, but develops important relationship for mentoring.
This year GEAR UP staff noticed a need among cohort students for Math and Biology help. Students had been telling GEAR UP about trouble understand Math and Biology and GEAR UP had seen a lot of students with low grades in either math or biology, while all other grades were high. GEAR UP consulted with the Math and Science Departments and hired 2 great student tutors, one for math and one for biology. The math tutor is a senior and this year’s salutatorian. The biology tutor is a junior and can tutor chemistry too. Both tutors are quickly becoming indispensable to students and have students waiting in queues for assistance.
Besides tutoring, the ASAP also offers students a chance to take test they missed, using special computer programs for Computer Applications, and do PE makeups. Not making up PE is the number one reason for poor grades in PE. Many student can’t attend the early morning make-ups or the twice weekly lunch make-ups offered by the PE department, so the after school make-ups are their only option.
ASAP is a huge help to students and GEAR UP is pleased to help ASAP reach more students.