Challenge Network Making Strides with Middle School Students 'In the Middle'
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.
- Video: Meet Christopher in "A Day in the Life of the Network"
- Read more about our results in this Houston Chronicle article
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.