As DPS continues to create opportunities to best support our students, we are excited to share the Grade Level Tutoring program as one of our latest strategies to accelerate learning. Free for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, these small-group tutoring sessions offer individualized instruction three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes, for students in both literacy and math. The opportunity – which is made possible through COVID relief funds – is available to students at participating schools.
Tutoring can increase student learning by up to 15 months when students attend at least 36 hours a semester, and ongoing small-group support during the school day is a proven way to increase achievement for students who are traditionally underserved. This individualized instruction not only supports students in learning current grade-level content, it also provides personalized social-emotional support for learners along the way.
Since beginning the program in October with middle and high school math tutoring, and expanding to math tutoring for fourth and fifth graders in January, more than 840 students in 16 schools are participating. Starting in April, the program has expanded to offer literacy tutoring for students in kindergarten through third grade who need help learning to read. The Expanded Academic Learning team is now in the process of registering schools to participate for next year. If you have a student who might benefit from tutoring, please reach out to your school or contact EAL@dpsk12.org.