Does it cost anything?
No – tutoring provided through our Government Funded Program is free of charge to eligible students. A Stepping Stone to Excellence will partner with qualifying school districts to identify those students that are eligible for the program. If your district, school, or your child does not qualify, we also offer a Parent Funded Program.
How do parents get free tutoring for their child? And how can I find out if my child’s school offers tutoring through The Academic Advantage?
Each year, school districts notify parents of eligible students that free tutoring services are available. Please contact your school’s administration to see if your child qualifies for this service and if A Stepping Stone to Excellence program is offered at the school. You can also check our list of participating schools.
What grades and subject levels are covered with The Academic Advantage Program?
A Stepping Stone to Excellence provides tutoring to eligible students in grades K-12. Through our Government Funded Program, we provide tutoring in English Language Arts (including reading) and Mathematics. For tutoring in additional subjects, please refer to our Parent Funded Program.
When does tutoring start? How long does it continue?
Services generally start by October 15th, but may begin later in the school year. We are dedicated to providing consistent tutoring to students for a full school year; however, the level of school funding and the student's needs will affect the number of sessions per week and the number of weeks per school year. Students can be tutored anytime outside of the regular school day including after school, weekends, school holidays and summers.
What about students with disabilities or limited English proficiency students?
We do service students with disabilities or with limited English proficiency. Our curriculum is designed to differentiate instruction so that we meet the needs of these students. We will also make every effort possible to obtain student records, including IEPs and 504 plans so that we are catering to the individual needs of our students.
What is A Stepping Stone’s responsibility to parents and School Administrators?
We will ensure that achievement goals are set for each student that are consistent with state education standards, a timetable is established for reaching these goals, and the student’s progress is measured and communicated to parents and school administrators on a regular basis. Parents will receive constant feedback on their child’s progress as well as a final progress report at the end of the program.
What are parents’ responsibilities?
We believe that the engagement of parents is crucial to their child’s academic success. We look forward to having you work with us to set achievement goals for your student, and participate in discussions about their progress. It is also important for their success that you support their work at home and ensure that they attend sessions regularly. If a scheduled session is missed, we will work with our parents to to make up for lost time.
What role do district policymakers play?
District superintendents and administrators play a crucial role by notifying families of their eligibility. A Stepping Stone partners with the school district to ensure that our program is aligned to the district curriculum and that we remain in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
Will there be extra homework?
No! We know your child has enough studying to do. However, while you’re getting assistance, you’ll be practicing the skills you need to finish your homework already assigned by your teacher.
Where are tutoring services offered?
For our group tutoring program, services are offered at your child’s school, local libraries or churches. Tutoring for our one-on-one program is offered at the student’s home, or at a convenient, safe location such as a local public library.
Who is responsible for transportation to the session?
For our group tutoring program, parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from the school. For our in home one-on-one program, tutors will go to the student’s house. If tutoring is taking place at another location, such as a library, parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from the tutoring location.
How are students grouped? Will my child get the attention they need?
Students will only be grouped if they are part of the group tutoring program offered at the school. Students in this program will be grouped no more than 10 students per teacher. Students are grouped based on ability level and similarity of achievement goals. All teachers are trained to differentiate instruction based on individual learning goals so that each student receives the attention needed in order to succeed.
My child has a learning disability. Are your tutors qualified to help them?
A Stepping Stone to Excellence will make every effort to match your child with a certified and experienced tutor who will provide your child the specific services to meet your child’s needs. Services will be provided consistent with your child’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or specialized services under Section 504.
How are the student’s learning needs assessed?
During their first meeting with the tutor, the student will be given an assessment to measure their skills and note any gaps that need to be addressed. Based on this assessment the tutor will create a personalized learning plan to address the areas of weakness according to state learning standards. Achievement goals and a timeline will be determined and progress will be measured throughout the program duration.
How can I stay informed of my child’s progress?
Your child’s tutor will meet with you at the beginning of tutoring to discuss with you the results of the assessment and the learning goals established for your child. The tutor will keep track of your child’s progress toward these goals and will provide a report to you and your child’s teacher on a regular basis.