Building on its recent success at Boston's Middle School Academy in Dorchester, COMPASS' After School Action Program (A.S.A.P.) has expanded its services to the Orchard Gardens K-8 School located on Albany Street in Roxbury.
The school, a "turnaround" school targeted for special services to help increase students academic performance, has an enrollment of 698 boys and girls, all of whom meet income eligibility guidelines for Federal free meal programs. The majority of the students are Hispanic (62.8%) or African American (33.2%) and live near the school.
ASAP services are helping teachers focus on a school goal of increasing students' MCAS scores, particularly in mathematics. Following After School services, teachers estimate that the number of students earning "Proficient" scores on this year's test will increase by 80%
COMPASS has been providing quality After School services since 1987 when it opened its first After School Program at the Dever School in Dorchester, called Harbor Point After School Program. This program was begun with the support of Joe Corcoran, founder and chairman of Corcoran-Jennison Companies, and a grant from the City of Boston.
Joe is "credited as a pioneer in advancing the concept of mixed income housing and converting troubled public housing projects into successful communities." Joe led the partnership that transformed Dorchester's Columbia Point public housing into Harbor Point, which became a national model for mixed-income, public-private partnership housing.
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