Measurements & Outcomes
Summary of Reading Assessments
In 2022, the Weighted Score Gain (WSG) showed an average increase in reading skills of nearly two grade levels (1.943809524) among all participants!
Readers Caught Up
Among students who started the year multiple grade levels behind, 67% caught up to their respective levels!
63% of all students are now reading ahead of grade level!
Summary of Outdoor Adventure Program
Summary of Basic Needs Program
Summary of key Wellness outcomes provided by the Center of Hope
- In early group sessions students learned how to define stressors and triggers, how to identify symptoms of stress, and learned various breathing exercises to practice during and after the group.
- Through group exercises students developed rapport with the counselor and each other leading to open discussion on stressors they experience at school, at home, and in their private lives. Topics included bullying, active shooters, and challenges with teachers.
- Students shared ways they cope within each area and openly sought direction from the counselor on how they can support each other. Students received practical information on ways to reframe and challenge their thoughts to manage their reactions.
- The students were amused with processing their anxious thoughts and stressors through art. The most popular activity involved students designing their own Emojis and sharing them with their group members by acting them out.
- The students stated that they enjoyed group time to talk with a knowledgeable person about their emotions.
- Older students discussed what it was like to be a leader and help other students when they become frustrated. The older group also requested workbooks or worksheets and more hands-on activities, outdoor time, and games.
- Many reported feeling less stressed when using breathing techniques and coping skills learned during the program. Other students reported being able to use their cognitive behavioral skills to manage their thoughts and emotions and their new communication skills to express themselves effectively.
- Many students expressed interest in participating in any subsequent or on-going programs, but would prefer to meet away from other students in a more confidential setting off-site and away from their neighborhood (the neighborhood was identified as a stressor) to discuss topics other than anxiety (i.e. academia, dealing with death and bereavement), and having more time allocated for the groups.