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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Portage District Curriculum
Students in the Portage Public Schools system take part in the John Collins Writing Program starting in elementary school. This program focuses on types of writing and taking those writings and applying them across the curriculum. This writing program is used exclusively through middle school and helps students develop the skills necessary to be an independent writer. During this time, students are also developing comprehension strategies for different types of fiction and non-fiction they encounter, and are encouraged to develop independence in choosing reading selections and maintaining reading journals.
International Baccalaureate, or IB, classes are another offering of the Portage Public Schools. Over half of the school system’s juniors and seniors choose to take these classes to earn college credit while still in high school. Some students elect to join the more challenging IB Diploma program culminating in a written essay at the end of their senior year.
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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Portage students start with a free academic assessment with an Academic Director. Our flagship tutoring programs are available for $199.99/month which include regular one-on-one tutoring, academic mentorship, bi-monthly progress reports, learning profiles, and parental conference calls.
Portage District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
The Portage Public School system serves over 8,000 students with a rigorous program that has earned them many accolades. Portage Public Schools follow a Common Core Curriculum and have recently joined the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in order to provide students with assessments that measure 21st Century skills. PPS also offers parents and students the option to attend school online through their Virtual Academy. This is an online education program for grades 6-8 that incorporates both Michigan state standards and the Calvart School Curriculum. Students work at their own pace on a customized program to meet their goals.
We currently cover the following Portage-area school district: Portage Public Schools.
Keeping Informed: Recent Portage Educational News
- Aesthetic Education Program - Students who attend Portage Public Schools are very fortunate to be a part of an Aesthetic Education Program. This program brings famous works of art into the classroom and gives students the opportunity to analyze and discuss the pieces. It has been observed that programs such as this one help students develop 21st Century skills they can carry into the workforce.
- Portage Education Foundation Funds Scholarships - The Portage Education Foundation works all year long to provide grants and other opportunities to Portage Public School students. Eight of these students received scholarships from the foundation for their college education.
- PPS Girls Win Technology Awards - During a recent gathering at Michigan State University, several Portage Public School girls were given Aspirations in Computing Awards. Recipients received the honor for not only their technological skills, but their academic and leadership abilities as well.
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SchoolTutoring has played an important role in improving our son’s confidence and attitude towards school. His grades have also improved steadily throughout the school year.
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Our daughter, a first grader, struggled with basic reading and handwriting. When she began with SchoolTutoring she was almost a year behind her class. Within a year of being enrolled, she is reading above her grade level and has the confidence to match.
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Our educators have graduated from top academic institutions, and many of them have achieved in the 90th percentile or higher on standardized tests. Equally importantly, they enjoy coaching students across a variety of subject areas and standardized tests
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Chalk Talk: Why Summer School Is a Thing of the Past
Once upon a time, students anxiously awaited their end of year grades to see if they had to attend summer school. However, in recent years school divisions across the country have done away with summer school and instituted more tutoring. Looking at this trend, one may ask why would schools do away with what was once a school tradition? When looking at data, it became clear that summer school had little to no effect on most students. The same students were showing up in summer school year after year. Shouldn’t summer school have remediated these students so that they would not return? The problem with summer school was that it was simply extra school days for students who were not doing well. Once educational professionals started to dig deeper, they understood that these children did not need more of the same traditional teaching methods. What they needed was to be taught in a manner that matched with their own personal learning style.