After School Enrichment Program
During the 2011-2012 school year, we will enhance out after school programs by offering an enrichment program for our students who have demonstrated high levels of performance in reading and mathematics. The purpose of the program is to provide hands on learning experiences that will allow students to reach their fullest potential. To learn more about the enrichment program, contact Dr. William Brotz.
After School Tutoring Program
Ferndale Area Elementary's after school tutoring program is designed to assist 2nd through 6th grade students who have demonstrated academic difficulty. The purpose of the program is to bridge the gap between the student's instructional level and their actual grade level. Students in this program will receive specific instruction focusing on areas that they have shown limited progress. Through this program, our students will work to find success in the areas of reading and mathematics. Students are referred to the tutoring program based upon data from the 4Sight assessment and the PSSA. If you have any questions regarding the after school tutoring program, contact Dr. William Brotz.
After School Homework Room
The purpose of the after school homework room is to help students who have not succeeded in completing homework assignments. The program will last one hour after school and students will be referred through the family support program. This program will consist of students in grades 1-6. If you have any questions regarding the homework room, contact Mrs. Koposko at 535-6724.
Peer Tutoring Program
Peer tutoring is an educational approach that joins students from grades K-5 with older students from Grade 6. Peer Tutoring is a leadership training program. Older students assume the role of tutor to develop academic skills and confidence in reading, math facts, spelling and study reviews. Peer tutors are assigned to the tutoring room or individual class room. Peer tutor referrals are made by teachers, family support team or parent request. Peer tutors take on the role of helper as well as leader. Criterion for selection of Peer Helpers includes:
- The student must achieve the grade of 85% or higher in all subject areas.
- The student must have demonstrated qualities of leadership within the school.
- The student must have shown responsibility through good work habits, promptness, dependability and homework completion.
- The student must have demonstrated good conduct including the following qualities: self-control, showing respect, being courteous and polite to others.
- The student must have demonstrated empathy and the concern for others.
- The student MUST NOT have excessive absenteeism or tardiness from school or this program.
The research literature on peer tutoring is extensive and international studies have clearly shown that peer interaction is conducive to a host of important early achievements, such as:
- children's understanding of fairness
- their self-esteem
- habits towards sharing and kindness
- their acquisition of role-taking and communication skills
- their development of creative and critical thinking