Academic Program

Our Academic Program helps fill 5th-8th grade students' learning gaps in math and English Language Arts (ELA).

The program consists of the online learning program Freckle and supplementary materials for two main subjects: writing lessons for ELA and worksheets for math. Prior to beginning practice in either subject students complete an assessment, which allows us to tailor the material presented to them.

If you were recently matched with a student in grades 5-8, your student has automatically been enrolled in the Academic Program and you will receive information about administering an assessment shortly. 

You and your student can begin by completing an assessment in math, reading, or both. Once they have completed the assessment in at least one subject, you will be able to log in to Freckle together and begin your regular sessions!

Program Components

Our suggested routine:

5 minutes: Check in, ask your student how their day was and create some shared goals for the session.

15 minutes: Homework help

20 minutes: Academic Program activity (see right)

10 minutes: Do something fun but educational. Find a video related to the topic you discussed, play a game, or something else creative. Click here for ideas.

5 minutes: Check out, review what you’ve accomplished, celebrate successes, and discuss what you’ll work on next time.

 

Tips for using our suggested routine:

  • Alternate between Freckle and the worksheets or writing materials every other week.
  • Be sure to insert breaks throughout the session to keep your student focused.
  • Mix things up with other resources on our website, such as the Social Emotional Learning Program or Level Up Digital Litearcy Program