At the heart of Project GRAD’s mathematics program is a teaching system that promotes a balance between each student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and computational fluency in kindergarten through eighth grades. The program also incorporates algebra at every grade level to ensure preparation for more advanced courses in high school and beyond.
Project GRAD focuses on teaching reading at the elementary level to ensure reading success for every student. Reading support also extends through the middle grades for students still not reading at grade level. Our reading component provides a balanced approach by incorporating strategies of decoding, fluency, and comprehension.
Classroom Management and Discipline
Studies show that the teaching skills and classroom management skills of teachers are the strongest factors in determining the effectiveness of student learning. In each Project GRAD school, classroom management consultants observe classes, demonstrate key strategies, conduct student and teacher surveys, and help teachers plan lessons. Students become self-disciplined by experiencing greater responsibility in resolving conflicts, participating in decisions, and managing the classroom.
Campus Family Support/Social Services
In the Project GRAD schools, campus-based professionals provide college readiness and awareness services, dropout prevention, counseling, community outreach, and family case-management services to all at-risk children. As a result, students and their parents learn how to access the private and public community resources that will help them meet their socio-economic and health needs, and appreciate the value and importance of education.
College Readiness and Scholarship
When the partnership between GRAD and a high school, the apex of a K–12 feeder system, is established, the College Access Coordinator, together with social services/parent involvement staff, work to help students graduate and gain access to college through a number of key activities and programs.