A growing body of research demonstrates that literacy skills provide the bedrock for all academic growth; students without those skills can fall irrevocably behind their peers as early as the fourth grade. But with early and focused intervention, a majority of struggling readers can make significant strides that have a lasting impact on their reading ability and academic success. The Afterschool Reading Academy and Duke University CDF Freedom Schools® program are designed to offer that kind of intervention for struggling readers at three Durham elementary schools.
The program serves 30 students at each school, running two days per week in both the fall and spring terms. Students enter the program as first-graders and continue through two years of the afterschool and summer programs, to ensure steady and sustained growth. The program serves students from Forest View, George Watts and Lakewood Elementary Schools.