The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) is designed to support the standard curriculum of the Northwest Christian Academy by providing students with remedial and enrichment opportunities. Students requiring remediation will receive concentrated instruction in reading, writing, and computation. Students desiring enrichment will have opportunities to improve their skill sets through mastery training in reading, writing, and computation. Students in the enrichment track will also have opportunities to participate in career exploration with possible internships. Students desiring enrollment in the enrichment track must participate in at least one honors course. Students may be recommended to AEP by teachers, and/or administration, or upon the request of parents. All program admittance is subject to administrative approval.
The primary objective of the program is to assist students in becoming a self-sufficient/independent learner, as well as educating and equipping parents with the tools they need to continue the support process when the tutor is absent. The strength of the AEP program lies in two areas: Four-way communication between the classroom teacher, tutor, student, and parent. The primary line of communication must flow between the teacher, tutor, and the parent. Bottom line: communication is key. The second area is early identification of the root of the academic problem. Many of the initial challenges remedial students encounter are related to their insecurities about the academic process and their ability to engage challenging materials. This is the first barrier the AEP instructor must help the student to overcome.
The Role of the Student – The student is the primary object of concern. Students should be met where they are, given clear objectives as to what they are expected to accomplish (an archetype of a student), and guided to independence by equipping them with a wide variety of studying and learning techniques. Students should be encouraged to communicate with their teacher when they do not understand something. They should be encouraged to communicate with parents about what they need help with at home. They should be encouraged to communicate with their tutor when they are struggling mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
The Role of the Tutor – The tutor is an extension of the classroom teacher and is at best a facilitator who keeps in mind the goal of leading their students to becoming independent learners. The tutor should keep in mind that each and every student learns at different rates and should tailor their approach and prescriptions accordingly. The main objective is to stimulate communication between the classroom teacher, the parent, and the student. The more constructive the information that flows between these parties, the better. The tutor has done his or her job effectively when everyone (parent, teacher, and student) is empowered.
The Role of the Classroom Teacher – The primary role of the classroom teacher is to teach at a high-level through differentiated instruction and testing measures to allow each student to demonstrate mastery. The classroom teacher must ensure that grades clearly and objectively reflect a student’s level of mastery. If students are not proficient in a particular area, the classroom teacher should have some objective testing instrument that clearly identifies the area of deficiency. These documents should be readily available to the tutor. The classroom teacher should freely communicate information related to the student’s level of mastery and any other information that may affect their ability to learn.
The Role of the Parent – The parent is the determining factor in a child’s success. When parents are involved, a student’s achievement level increases. A parent’s primary objective should be to take over the tutoring process from the instructor to help facilitate the child’s independence at home. It is important that parents actively engage the tutor and the teacher in order to understand how to help their child at home. When parents understand this key link in the academic puzzle, their child’s achievement will increase rapidly.
For more information on the Academic Enhancement Program or to speak directly with an AEP instructor, please contact the Eagles Office at (305) 685-8734.