The Children’s Tutorial Program is a component of the Samaritan Project Inc., a 501 (c )(3) organization located in the City of Milwaukee, that offers programs and services to equip school-aged children with skills to compete academically with other children in their age groups, both locally and nationally. As indicated in the Milwaukee Foundation’s “Vital Signs: Benchmarking Metro Milwaukee report,” on the National Assessment of Education Progress, the nation’s benchmark reading and math test, the gap between black and white students in Wisconsin was the widest in the nation. Samaritan have goals that will effectively address these concerns and more. First, since its inception in 1986, higher academic achievement has been at the forefront of our existence. We have consistently provided homework assistance that support our students in learning how to think critically by assisting them to elevate, improve, or maintain proficient mathematical skills at their grade levels or above by employing basic mathematical skill building exercises, as students are introduced to new concepts. Secondly, we help students increase their reading and comprehensive skills, utilizing both intimate (reading circles) and corporate (computers) methodology. Children’s Tutorial remedy in reaching its goals identified above is to offer students’ access to computers for completing homework assignments, while providing one-on-one tutoring in core subjects, such as: English, Math, Science, Reading and Writing.
First grade students attending Samaritan’s After School Tutorial Program progressed in their academic studies more than students who didn’t attend the tutorial program. The program also allowed students, in most cases, to complete their homework in a focused environment before leaving school, providing more time for family interaction.
Second grade students drastically improved from “Satisfactory” to “Very Good,” particularly in their reading scores, which encompasses phonics, spelling, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Third grade students, preparing to enter fourth grade and working under a more rigorous grading scale, demonstrated growth and maturity in their work ethic.