For some of students at the city’s Integrated Arts and Technology High School, learning starts well before the school bell beckons them to the classroom.
Those students arrive about an hour early to get extra help with reading and math. The morning program not only gives them more time to practice their skills, but since the group is relatively small teachers can tailor their lessons to the areas where students need the most assistance. And a robotics theme helps make the review more interesting. Another group of students stays for an hour after school. Others even come in on Saturday.
“We’re constantly looking for different ways to reach kids,” said Principal Kevin Klein. “It’s helping kids that need that extra support. If we can hit them in different ways, we’re hoping we can hit them at their best.”