Grant Update – S4 Middle School After School Program

Grant Update – S4 Middle School After School Program

We just had a look at the data for the students who participated in BEF’s Safe and Sound 4 Student Success “S4” Program. Once again, the data shows that students who access S4’s afterschool academics and athletics did better than peers in attendance, behavior, and grades. S4 uses the opportunity to play sports as the “hook” to get students to sign up for this free, afterschool program. The program then requires students to meet certain accountability standards in order to participate in popular activities such as interschool tournaments. Data consistently shows this approach translates into better school performance for those students who participate when compared to a “control group” of their peers.

With the multiple years of student success, BEF is funding two pilot programs this spring semester to explore expansions of S4.  Beaverton High School will receive funding to extend the middle school program to high school students. Whitford Middle School will add a third day of after-school programming.

Highlights from the first semester of 2018-2019 school year:

  • Attendance: S4 students had a 94.1% attendance rate, compared to peers who attended only 92.3% of the time. While this doesn’t sound like much of a difference, it translates into S4 students being in class 1.7 extra days a semester more than their peers. Attendance is also considered one of the key factors in school success.
  • Disciplinary Incidents: 87% of S4 students had no disciplinary incidents compared to 82% of peers and fewer and shorter in-school suspensions when behavior incidents did arise.
  • Grades: S4 students also had higher grades than their peers in both Language Arts and Math. In Language Arts, 79% of S4 students ended the year with a C or better, compared to 68% of their peers. A higher percent of S4 students have As and Bs than the control group in both Language Arts and Math: 37% vs. 33% for the peer group.
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