Anderson Children's Foundation

Desert Mirage High School

Desert Mirage High School

College Bound (2018-2019)

This year 82% of the incoming freshman at Desert Mirage High School did not score proficient on the State Test in Language Arts. This indicates that they are not at grade level in Reading or Writing. In order to graduate from high school and /or go on to college students need to have high level reading and writing skills.

Our students struggle with poverty and learning a second language. A high percentage of them are Migrant and many came to the United States later in their educational career. They need a boost to ensure that they will succeed. At this time there is no program for students' who struggle to read English and are in high school and that is why we are beginning this program at our school.

We plan on hiring three 9th grade teachers to work with students four nights a week. They will work with them to improve their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills. In addition the goal is for these teachers to become the students' mentors by ensuring that they are turning in all work, improving organizatioanal skills, and building communication with parents.

This Program will not only improve students reading, but the incentive for coming every day will offer the students a chance to see what is in store for them if they do well in High School by taking them to a new college every eight weeks. Without this program these students will remain behind and will not be able to complete the credits that they need to graduate from high school. Thus the cycle of poverty will continue.

This program will change students lives. Research indicates that the amount a person makes in their lifetime directly correlates to their educational level. Students who can't read grade level text are much more likely to drop out and this program could help students be successful in their studies and change their future.

We hope to grow this program to include more children each year. Teachers who are already working could train other staff, and if it is successful it will be much easier to use school and district funding to pay for teachers to work after school.