4,600 Young Minds

in Sonoma every day



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Schools of Hope is a proven, early intervention model for children who struggle with reading.


The Problems:
  1. Less than half of Sonoma County third grade students are reading at or above standard proficiency levels.
  2. 88% of third grade students who are also English language learners tested below proficiency in reading.
  3. 20% of our students are not completing high school on time.


The Importance of Reading:
When kids can't read, they can't succeed. Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success, and is essential for finding and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. 
Research shows third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement. From kindergarten to third grade, children learn to read. From the fourth grade on, they read to learn. 
A student who is not at least moderately successful in reading by the third grade is unlikely to graduate from high school.


Results and Goals:
During the 2011-2012 school year, 375 Schools of Hope tutors helped 300 students increase their reading proficiency trough one-on-one tutoring in nine Sonoma County elementary schools. 

75% 3rd graders reading at proficiency by 2015
90%3rd graders reading at proficiency by 2020

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