The Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC) is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to tutor kindergarten and first-grade students who are deficient in reading skills. ATC works in partnership with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), Alexandria’s faith community, and the community at large. Tutors receive training in a proven and effective tutoring program called Book Buddies that was developed at the University of Virginia. Tutors are assigned to one of the 12 schools we serve and typically tutor one or two 30-minute sessions each week.
The need for tutors is great. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, 39% of ACPS third graders did not pass the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test for reading proficiency. And, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Research Report, children who are not reading successfully by the end of third grade are on the high school dropout path – they are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than those who read at grade level. An additional challenge is that every year approximately 25% of Alexandria’s children enter kindergarten lacking a foundation to begin learning to read. There are a number of reasons for this including children not having attended preschool, English being their second (or third, etc.) language, lack of books at home, and parents or guardians who do not speak or read English.
Please join us by tutoring. Two 30 to 45-minute tutoring sessions a week can help a child learn to read and prepare her or him for success in school and in life. If you can only tutor once per week, we can pair you with a second tutor.