Our five Cambridge School Volunteers’ upper school Learning Centers provide students in Grades 6 through 8 with free academic support services. CSV and upper school staff develop and deliver these supports collaboratively. These Learning Centers operate either one or two days per week, depending on the site, after—and in some cases before—school. They offer students a supportive setting and individualized academic assistance with trained volunteer tutors. Eligible students are referred by school staff, using CSV referral and parental permission forms.
In FY15, CSV’s five Learning Centers cumulatively served 85 students in the afternoon (one-to-one matches) and 42 students in the morning (group tutoring). Here’s a summary of our Learning Centers’ year of progress:
- As part of a quality improvement initiative, CSV increased the proportion of students matched one-to-one with a tutor, rather than in group settings, by 53 percent over FY14.
- More than half the tutors at the dual-language Amigos School/Escuela Amigos are bilingual (English/ Spanish).
- The Learning Center at Putnam Avenue Upper School (PAUS) again welcomed the Harvard Men’s Golf team as tutors.
- 24 percent of all CSV before- and after-school volunteer hours were spent at upper school Learning Centers.
- During the year, CSV implemented better technology and systems for communication among teachers, volunteers, and members of the CSV team.
- CSV actively recruited volunteers who are people of color, as part of an agency-wide initiative. The percentage of Learning Center volunteers who identify themselves as people of color increased from 26 percent in FY14 to 36 percent in FY15.