CLEARWATER, Fla. (TBO.com)— Every school in Pinellas County offers programs that tutor students before or after school, but around 2,800 students in high poverty schools will be part of a new, cutting-edge curriculum that targets individual weaknesses.
This week, 22 elementary schools and six middle schools that scored C’s or lower on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test will launch Promise Time, a tutoring program that would keep about 100 students at each location working on their “problem areas” after school, said Superintendent Michael Grego.
The “Promise Time” program will add 60 to 90 minutes to the school day for struggling students identified by test scores and overall school performance. The program is meant to help them keep up with required coursework and explore other interests. Students will be encouraged to join drama clubs, plant gardens, join book studies and listen to guest speakers, Grego said. At least 80 percent of students at the targeted schools qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.