Challenge Network Making Strides with Middle School Students 'In the Middle'

November 1, 2011

For the past 15 months, Houston A+ Challenge has been investing much of our focus, time, and energy in helping students, teachers and school leaders in six local middle schools move from "good to great."

Christopher Perez, a sixth grader in Aldine ISD, is just one of the so-called "average" students who is benefiting this year from personalized attention, extra time on task, academic enrichment and social-emotional support. The Challenge Network was designed to give Christopher and other A+ Scholars like him the boost they need to get on track for success in high school and college, career and civic life.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, in 2011 our A+ Scholars have had the opportunity to do things, go places, and receive support like never before. We're proud to share that in the pilot year of our Challenge Network initiative:

  • More than 200 of our A+ Scholars met or surpassed the college-track standard, and another 200+ were just a few questions away from meeting the mark.
  • A+ Coaches provided nearly 900 A+ Scholars with personalized attention, extra time on task, and academic enrichment to meet higher, college-track standards in math and literacy.
  • Communities In Schools counselors provided A+ Scholars and their families with 3,200+ service hours of support, skill-building, and referrals to community resources.
  • A+ Coaches worked with teachers and school leaders to increase academic rigor, relevance, and data-driven interventions and enrichment for the 5,000+ students at Challenge Network schools.