General Curriculum for Reach

The Reach program is a vastly different program than our elementary Latchkey program. Two of the main goals of the Reach program are to teach student’s effective communication skills and academic success techniques. Your student will be guided in how to organize their schoolwork and work spaces as well as how to hold themselves accountable for their academic success. Students are encouraged to participate in weekly mini lessons and a STEM activity.

 

STEM


There is a widely acknowledged, urgent need for improving and increasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills among our students to navigate the modern world and access the opportunities it affords.  Among students who are fortunate enough to have access to afterschool enrichment opportunities, the benefits of afterschool programs in general are well documented, showing positive impacts on both academic and behavioral development (Evaluations Backgrounder: A Summary of Formal Evaluations of Afterschool Programs’ Impact on Academics, Behavior, Safety and Family Life (2011). Afterschool Alliance).
Participation in the weekly STEM activity is encouraged daily, especially on Fridays when the students have little to no homework.

 

 

Daily Schedule*

Monday-Thursday

Classroom Managements and Snack
Educational Lesson-twice a week
Homework Assistance and Reading
Recreational Reward Time

 

Friday- STEM Projects

 

*each school runs a slight variation of the schedule

 

Education Lessons

Topic 1:  HOPS

  • Organizational skills
  • Bookbags and lockers
  • Binder basics
  • Homework readiness
  • Planner management

Topic 2:  Study Skills/Test taking skills

  • Study skills
  • Reading textbooks effectively
  • Test taking strategies
  • Different methods on taking notes
  • Memorizing techniques

Topic 3:  Problem solving skills and methods

  • Different methods of problem solving
  • Effective communication with teams of students
  • Conflict resolution for differing directions

 Topic 4:  Presentations

  • How to make a presentation in front of class
  • Best practices for public speaking
  • Varying visual aids and how to use them

Topic 5:  Service Learning

  • Students will learn about a needed cause, problem solve possible solutions, organize the support and implement the solution.

Topic 6: Financial Life Skills

  • Different jobs, associated salaries and education required
  • Budgets and cost of living
  • Banking