The Upper Room commenced operations in 1999 in reconstructed space on the third and fourth floors above St. Louis Catholic Church at 5930 Swope Parkway. Approximately 1.5 million dollars was spent to make this facility a state-of-the-art learning center. Based on focus-group studies with single moms from the neighborhood, the Upper Room introduced a ten-hour-a-day, eight-week Summer Academic Program that had a laser-beam focus on reading improvement. The rigorous curriculum called for reading and math instruction lead by certified teachers in the morning and lots of interesting activities in the afternoon, including music, dance, art, field trips, swimming, soccer camp, gymnastics, computer lab, mentoring sessions, martial arts, and inspirational speakers. The first summer we enrolled 90 at-risk students but 250 registered for the program. The following summer we added two churches and accommodated 250 at-risk children. That pattern continued so that by this summer we plan to enroll 2,000 students at multiple partner locations.
Accomplishments in 2016:
The Summer Academic Program (7:30 am – 6:00 pm for 8 weeks) is for K-8th Graders, serving approximately 2,000
students each year with a focus on READING. The primary goal is to help children
improve their reading ability & get them at or above grade-level. We use certified
classroom teachers to deliver the Accelerated Reader program for literacy
instruction. The program is provided at
no cost to the families. Youth
counselors & volunteer tutors provide individualized instruction. The
program also addresses other important aspects, such as Math, Nutrition &
Wellness, Music & Art, and Field Trips.
In 2007, Johns Hopkins University Ph.D.’s evaluated our reading
program. The evaluation showed that in the eight weeks the students were with
us the average student gained one full academic year in reading! That result
made us one of the top summer reading programs in the country.
Success will be defined by each student that is able to "graduate" from our program in 2017. Graduation is defined by passing all subject areas on the HiSET exam and completing their High School Equivalency.
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