LEARNING LAB® Model
Learning Labs create a team environment; for the students, school, parents, and the community as a whole. LEARNING LABs operate for four hours after school, in the school. Students complete assignments, receive state test prep, and continuously engage in college and career planning.
How the STUDENT benefits:
- Access to consistent support from after school until 6:00 pm Monday-Friday, 180 days.
- Assistance with completion of all assignments, no D’s or F’s, pass state tests, and the development of the necessary study skills to academically succeed in the future.
- Receives ample mentoring for motivation and quality of work.
- Ample access to the necessary resources like technology and extra time.
How the PARENT benefits:
- Ongoing communication to keep them involved in their students learning.
- A more honest and productive relationship among the student, teacher and parent.
- Allows them to have a say in their student’s education.
- Reassurance that their student’s education is important and they are in a safe place.
How the SCHOOL benefits:
- Provides the opportunity for schools to hold students to higher expectation.
- Holds students accountable for learning and individual responsibility.
- Creates an academic culture where all students will succeed and failure is not an option.
Students establish short term goals and become proactive through ongoing documentation their grades. 5-7 trained volunteers foster an environment where students focus to complete all assignments. Volunteers teach needed skills to help students be self-motivated and competent. Students receive the individualized attention they need. Academic progress is monitored weekly by the LAB Director and the data used to help students make adjustments necessary to reach their goals. Students are provided state test prep materials to assist with test taking knowledge and skills and may also explore career and college readiness information. Students, teachers, parents, the LAB Director, and volunteers team up to make completion of work and meeting goals a reality. The LAB Director maintains communication with teachers and parents to ensure that students attend needed sessions. Having extended hours not only provides students with equitable time to complete work; but it also, allows the parents the opportunity to speak with site personnel about their students’ academic progress.