The SOAR programs are designed to give students a pathway to college. We started with working with 5th graders in Math and Language Arts so that they could be prepared for the transition from elementary to middle school.
We added the SOAR Summer Bridge Program to assist with the summer “learning loss” so that our SOAR students going into 6th, 7th and 8th grade can get support in Math and Language Arts so that they start the new school year confident and prepared.
The SOAR Leadership Academy was developed so we can stay connected with the SOAR students during their middle school years as well as continue to offer support and guidance for the students and their families.
Lastly, the SOAR College Access Program (SOAR CAP) was established so that students can get the assistance in essay writing and their families can get help with completing financial aid applications as well as how to assist their children with the college application process.
SOAR Tutoring Program
Helps 5th grade students and their families achieve success through educational support, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities. Through partnerships with the Morris School District, the College of St. Elizabeth, Drew University, Table of Hope, and Bethel Church of Morristown we have been able to connect disadvantaged youth with caring community resources.
Students work with college students and teachers to identify areas requiring enrichment and work collaboratively to strengthen those areas. Tutoring takes place Mondays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm. Monthly family dinners are held to bring the family together and focus on topics such as communication, assisting their child with homework, etc. Ninety-five percent of the parents do not speak fluent English so the sessions are done with a bilingual facilitator.
SOAR Leadership Academy
The SOAR Leadership Academy, in partnership with Frelinghuysen Middle School, Seton University and the Morris School District has been established to assist middle school students, who participated in the 5th Grade Tutoring Program, in strengthening their leadership skills and to begin thinking about college. It is a 10-week program for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
Students will also have opportunities to take action on important social issues, to work alongside community leaders, and to make a positive impact on their school’s climate and their community. Students will gain a better understanding of who they are and who they aspire to become.
SOAR CAP (College Access Program)
SOAR CAP (College Access Program)
We held our first workshop in November of 2018. We had 4 of our first group of SOAR students attend the session. It was focused on assisting with college essays as well as assisting the parents in navigating the financial paperwork requirements.
Our goal is to assist as many SOAR students (whom the majority would be first time college students) to get into a college program. This work may also include students looking into trade schools.
SOAR Summer Bridge Program
Our SOAR Summer Bridge Program collaborates with the Morris School District, The Morris Arts, Visions Credit Union, and the Prosecutor’s Office. We have teachers provide a focus on math and language arts enrichment, leadership, cultural and civic development. Field trips to amusement parks and other fun activities are also a part of the Summer Bridge Program.
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