School Referral For Homework Support Program

Every parent/guardian is concerned when their child is not doing well in school. This can be evident when a student's academic performance changes suddenly or they seem lost in certain areas of their school work. Sometimes a student needs some extra help to prepare for and feel confident as they enter the new school year. Hiring a tutor might be the right solution, but before you contract with the first tutor you find, be sure you consider the following steps.

1. Develop and implement a home-school routine with your child

  • Make sure that your child gets 8-10 hours of sleep each night and a good breakfast in the morning. This will help her start each day well-rested and nourished and able to be attentive and retain the work done during the class period.
  • Purchase an organizer for your child and help him learn about how to write down his homework assignments. Review assignments and dues dates with your child each night.
  • Establish a regular time and place to do homework. Determine the schedule and arrangement that best matches your child's learning style. Make certain that all necessary tools are readily available.
  • Set aside 30 minutes each day for "family reading time."

2. Create a partnership with your child and your child's school

  • Contact your child's school and set up an appointment to discuss your concerns with the teacher. If necessary, meet with the school guidance counselor and director or principal.
  • Determine together if there are any internal supports that can be established to assist your child reach their academic potential.

3. Identify resources in your community

  • Ask your child's teacher or guidance counselor for suggestions for referrals to other organizations in the community that can support your child.
  • Contact the office of your Borough President or your local Community Board for referrals to programs in your community.
  • Contact the student employment or career services offices of local colleges or universities.
  • Identify the settlement houses and youth programs in your community. They can support your child's academic potential and open up new learning and enrichment opportunities for them as well.

4. Network with friends and neighbors

  • Talk with others who have children of their own and those who work with children.
  • Learn about any resources they have personal knowledge of or have utilized for their own children or students.
  • Ask a friend whose has a special relationship with your child or who has special skills to spend a couple hours a week working with your child.

5. Contact established tutoring programs

  • Utilize the phone book and parenting papers to identify established tutoring programs, or contact one of the programs listed below.
  • Identify a college student by talking with colleagues or posting your request on NYU's Wasserman Center for Career Development.
  • Contact Carebridge Life Resources, NYU's Employee Assistance Program, for referrals.
  • Interview the programs to determine if they meet yours and your child's needs. Some questions to ask include:
    • Is the tutoring done in your home or at a center?
    • What ages of children are taught? What subjects?
    • Will they assess your child's ability before assigning a tutor?
    • How do they assess the students?
    • Do tutors working one-on-one or with groups of children?
    • If they work with groups of children, what is the typical group size?
    • What is their teaching strategy and curriculum?
    • Will there be homework assignments?
    • How involved will you be in setting goals for your child?
    • How will they provide you with progress reports?
    • How much does it cost? How many sessions must you commit to?
    • How long is each session? What hours are the classes?
    • What is the average number of meetings per student?
    • Is there escort service from your child's school or after-school program?
    • Visit the program and watch the tutors and children in action. Ask for references and talk with parents whose children utilize the program.

Local Resources

Academics Plus offers subject specific tutoring as well as preparation for high school and college entrance exams.

E.Nopi West Village Learning Center offers Math and Language Arts supports for children 3-14 years of age during the school year and summer. For other locations visit the website of their parent company.

Huntington Learning Center offers tutoring for children elementary through high school at locations across the region.

Kaplan offers tutoring for elementary to high school children and test preparation for high school, undergraduate and graduate schools, and professional licenses.

Princeton Review one of several approved free tutoring sites for children enrolled in NYC NCLB designated schools. Also provides academic tutoring and test preparation for undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.

Smart City Tutors offers workshops for parents of preschool-age children as well as tutoring for all grade levels K-12 at their office or in your home.

Sylvan Learning Center offers tutoring for children Pre-K through high school, homework help, study skills, and test preparation.

Thinking Caps Tutoring, with offices in the Upper East Side and Long Island, offers middle and high school students test preparation, subject-specific tutoring, skills coaching, and summer enrichment using innovative and individualized approaches that focus on skills development.

Top Honors, Inc. based on the Upper West Side is a volunteer based program that tutors middle school students in math.

Veritas Tutors & Test Prep located in the Union Square area offers test preparation as well as one-on-one tutoring in middle school, high school, and college subjects.


The Druid Heights After-School Homework Assistance and Tutorial program will operate Monday through Thursday afternoons from 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm at the Druid Heights Community Center located at 2410 McCulloh Street in Baltimore, Maryland.

Our mission is to cause, encourage and promote community self-empowerment through the development of economic, educational, employment and affordable housing opportunities. We place an emphasis on our youth development programs.

The After School Homework Assistance and Tutorial program starts two weeks after the opening of schools and remains open until the closing of all schools.

We have successfully recruited 28 students for the after school program from the six week summer camp program we provided to the community this year. The summer camp focused on learning during the summer break from school and keeping children actively involved with reading and math exercises.

The purpose of the After School Homework Assistance and Tutorial program is to provide a safe, drug free environment for children in the community to gather for focus, study and fun.

Daily Agenda

2:30 until 5:00 pm

StudentsVolunteers / Tutors


  • Sign In                                                                                         Sign In
  • Supper                                                                                         Work Station
  • Report to Group                                                                         Monitor & Mentor
  • Homework      / Study Time                                                   Homework Assistance
  • Homework approval                                                                Homework Approval
  • Activity based on area of concern                                        Provide tutorial
  • Group Fun                                                                                   Group Fun
  • Departure                                                                                    Debrief


The program will operate Monday through Thursday. Some Fridays will be reserved for fun or field trips in the afternoon. The daily schedule begins with providing supper to the students upon arrival. The meals are prepared and delivered each day from the Maryland Food Bank. After supper, students will go to their grade group to complete their homework. The program will serve students in grades 1st through 9th. High school students are encouraged to volunteer and complete their community service learning hours and study in the reserved computer room at the center. All volunteers agreed to background checks to ensure the safety of all children. Parents will also support the fundraising efforts for the program.

Tutors will be at every station to assist with the home assignments. All tutors will go through a brief training program to understand the core principles of mentoring, safety, rules and regulations. This volunteer based program accepts applications from interested adults who are willing to give their time and support. All children are monitored in a big group session at all times.

The program will include supper, snacks, academic games, tutorials, mentoring, a Reading Club, a chess club, a nutrition club, a poetry club, an art club and a foreign language component.

The Druid Heights community is located two miles northwest of downtown Baltimore in zip code 21217 of the 44th Legislative District, within Census Tract 1403. Using the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance’s (BNIA) Vital Sign neighborhoods map, as a resource, Druid Heights is located at Area 53. According to the BNAI, Area 53 consists of approximately 10,404 people, of which 51% are female and 49% are males, with a median age of 35.4. The population consists of 95% African Americans, 2% Caucasian, 1.5 % Hispanic, 1% are of mixed race and .5% are Korean. The average household income is $14,487 with 69% earning $0 –$ 25,000 annually.

Because of the community’s limited number of indigenous homeowners, business ownership, fully employed heads of households, over 90% of all crimes are characteristic of a poor community – illegal drug activity, burglaries, youth violence, domestic violence and theft. The juvenile arrest rate, although declining, is still high compared to the overall statistics for the city. The area’s juvenile crime rate stands at 229 arrests per every 1,000 youth compared to the City’s 140.

Crime and drug activity in the Druid Heights community is high. Most parents are at work when children return home from school. This is a critical time in the day when children need supervision and academic support. The after school program will keep them out of the street and away from trouble. The after school program will identify the needs of families and provide resources and assistance from program offered at the community center. Families will access to a myriad of services.

Staff from the program and designated volunteers will visit the schools of the participants on a bi-weekly basis or as necessary to determine the progress of our students.

Report cards will be collected from all parents and the staff will hold a “Report Card Day” celebration. A core principle is to celebrate all progress for each student. We believe in positive reinforcement and will apply it on the daily basis. A cart will be posted with the name of each participant where award points can be added for successes throughout the school year. All awards, certificates and good Progress Reports will earn students are point on the board. The points can also be awarded for participation and good behavior.

In the after school program children are encouraged to read books, practice good grammar and do math exercises while learning and having fun. The program will serve three major goals for the community:


1. Providing a safe, drug free environment where children are excited to come learn and play

2. To reinforce reading and math skills during the homework time in order to prevent children from falling behind while reinforcing academic achievements.

3. To support struggling families by giving their children education, mentorship and hope for a better future.


Our Anticipated results and outcomes are:


  1. Youth will be inspired to have a 90% attendance record at school; the current attendance rate for middle school and high school students is below 50%.
  2. Youth’s grades will be brought above a satisfactory level as to ensure passing to the grade level.
  3. Youth will learn the virtues and values of respect and tolerance for cultures and traditions that are not their own.
  4. Youth will learn conflict resolution and that violence will not resolve tension.
  5. Youth will learn literacy building skills, grammar and English through practical application, practice and repetition.
  6. Youth will learn mathematics and principles of monetary value through practical application, practice and repetition.
  7. Youth will be encouraged and promoted in hopes that 25% of the students will make the Honor Roll.



Many community residents and volunteers from around the City are looking for ways to give back.  This program will offer an opportunity for people to come in and assist the children in the community. All volunteers will be subject to a background check and will work under the direction of the Office of Community Resources. Mr. Tavon Benson, Community Organizer is the direct contact for the program. Mr. Anthony Pressley, Director of Community Resources is the general overseer of the program. All reporting is to Mr. Kelly D. Little, the Executive Director. The program will recognize the volunteers on a quarterly basis and award gifts donated by Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Parental Involvement

Each parent will be requested to sign an application for volunteering. The program hopes to have the full support of the parents and to serve as the liaison between the student, school and family. “It takes a village to raise a child”. The community is that village of resources, support and strength. We believe it is critical to have the parents’ support as we give the extra attention needed for each student.


Many young people say that adults are not consistent. We will work to provide the consistency young people desire. Volunteers, who pass the background check and are willing to participate, will be asked to mentor a youth. The goal is to have a one on one professional mentor for all students above the 5th grade. We have solicited the support of area universities and colleges to recruit students who wish to tutor and mentor in our program.

School Supplies

The program will work to keep school supplies for children throughout the school year. Many children are not properly equipped for learning and advancing. We will seek donations from area foundations and businesses.

Program Resources

The program will use the Verizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity system for extra- curricular activities. This online resource provides technical support for after school programs. After we discover the area of concern for each student, “academic weakness” we will designate a portion of the program’s time to tutor in that area. The Thinkfinity model is very effective.

The program will focus on what the teacher is teaching the children and what the children should know at their grade level.

Academic games will be used in order for children to learn while having fun. The program will also take suggestions from the participants.


The After School program will provide incentives to children. This will include gift cards to the movies and area businesses, books and prizes.



School Supplies                                  $2,200

Learning Materials                           $1,500

Incentives / Awards                         $2,000

Snacks                                                   $ 500

Fun Fridays                                         $2,000

Total                                                    $8,200

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