Henrico County

An Achievable Dream Academy at Highland Springs Elementary School

Categories: Henrico County | 2017

In January 2017, the Henrico School Board approved a unique public/private partnership with An Achievable Dream. The nonprofit will bring its nationally recognized program to Highland Springs Elementary School for 2017-18.  Under the agreement, HCPS will provide basic curricula and staffing, student services, transportation, food service and maintenance. An Achievable Dream will operate programs to create a unique learning environment. The staff of the new Achievable Dream Academy will use the “SAME” curriculum (Social, Academic and Moral Education) along with state-of-the-art technology and extensive extracurricular and cultural activities. Students learn life skills, ethics, etiquette, conflict resolution and healthy living. They also learn financial know-how and how to “speak green,” or use the language of business.  The program also operates in public schools in Newport News and Virginia Beach and is dedicated to the idea that college and successful careers are achievable for everyone. Program graduates include lawyers, teachers and engineers.

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Andy Jenks
Director, communications and public relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724


Extended day/year initiatives

Categories: Henrico County | 2017

Henrico County Public Schools took advantage of a state grant to expand and upgrade the extended-day program to include additional grade levels as well as summertime extended-year offerings. Four elementary schools, along with Fairfield Middle School, currently offer after-school academic programming, including transportation home.   The Henrico Education Foundation is spearheading the grant-funded effort to beef up the extended-day program by adding enhancements to close gaps for students. The enhancements will create a community-center atmosphere with wraparound services provided in conjunction with community partners. In the works are arts programs and STEM activities, mentoring and character education, parenting resources, forums and classes, and access to health resources and screenings. A pilot program is operating at Glen Lea Elementary School this year, and the initiative will eventually be expanded to more schools. 

Contact

Andy Jenks
Director, communications and public relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724


Partnership with the Literacy Lab: Literacy Intervention Program

Categories: Henrico County | 2017

HCPS has established a partnership with the Literacy Lab, a nonprofit that provides low-income children with individualized literacy instruction. The group is in place at seven HCPS elementary schools receiving federal Title I funds. The Literacy Lab places two full-time reading tutors in each partner school, at a cost to HCPS of just $10,000 annually per school. Tutors use data to identify K-3 students needing literacy help. Each tutor has a caseload of 15-18 students, and works individually with the students daily for 20 minutes using evidence-based intervention strategies. The tutors also work at events beyond the school day.  Literacy Lab monitors student progress: as students achieve grade-level proficiency, they are replaced by others needing more help. Literacy Lab staff members work with an HCPS staff member at each school to integrate their work with the school’s goals. A 2014 University of Chicago study showed that the model was replicable and effective.

Contact

Andy Jenks
Director, communications and public relations
ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us
804-652-3724