Academic Support Programs

OLG School is committed to academic excellence for every child. The school has strong and well-established support in place to assist students who may need extra time to fully grasp a concept, as well as those who benefit from one-on-one tutoring. Through a partnership with Seattle Public School and our students’ parents, the school accesses and utilizes federal Title I funds to provide academic support for students who qualify.

Examples of Academic Support at OLG:

After-School Tutoring is a program that has been in operation since the fall of 2000. Students in grades 1-5 are referred for help in reading, math, and/or writing and are paired with a tutor to work on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:00. Tutors are often middle-school students; we have a few adult tutors as well.

This is a skill-building program, in which students can work on skills that will ultimately help them succeed in classroom work.

Our Math Support Specialist works with K-5 teachers and students to extend and enrich math learning, as well as support students who have extra needs within the school day.  The format of support depends on the needs of the students and teachers of each individual classroom.

Sound Partners is a reading program developed by Washington Research, Inc. of Seattle, that gives students in grades K-3 training in critical reading skills, such as blending, letter sound knowledge, phonological awareness (the understanding that sounds in language map onto the letters of the alphabet), and segmenting. Students in Sound Partners also read carefully-selected storybooks that build on the specific skills taught during the sessions.

Sound Partners is a 1:1 program. Students are paired with a trained, adult tutor who works with them generally twice per week for 30 minutes.

We base referral to Sound Partners on teacher referral and assessments like DIBELS, Teachers’ College assessments, MAP, and other tests.

This program is partially funded by Title I, and we are grateful to have our program supported by federal funding.

Intermediate Grades Reading Intervention Program provides students in 4th and 5th grades an opportunity to hone their decoding and comprehension skills in a small group setting two days a week, after school. This program is led by an OLG teacher, and participation is by teacher recommendation and parent consent.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our programs are always looking for adult tutors to work with kids in grades K-5.  If you enjoy working with kids and are enthusiastic about reading and math, this is a worthwhile program to be involved in.  The After School Tutoring program runs every Wednesday from 2:15 to 3:00, from October through the end of the school year.  There is a mandatory background check and training period before you start.  Sound Partners has some additional start-up steps but can also be a paid position, often with flexible daytime hours.  So if you’re a parent or know of other family members, friends or neighbors who would be interested, please have them give the school a call (206) 935-0651.

Contact the school office if you are interested in volunteering!