By Josh Griffin, Principal
Within the rigorous D’Evelyn liberal arts program, students may struggle in one or more subjects during their four-to-six year tenure in the school. Within the program, we offer several methods by which students can receive assistance when they are struggling academically. In this scenario, I encourage students and families to work directly with teachers first to best understand how a student may improve their understanding of the curriculum in a particular class. Further, the 7th hour system is designed for students to seek and receive individual and small group support from teachers on an as-needed basis. I hope that students, with support and encouragement from their families, will continue to utilize 7th hour time as a resource, specifically to receive that essential one-on-one support from the classroom teacher.
In addition to seeking individual support from teachers, D’Evelyn also offers a Peer Tutoring Program where students may receive individual support and tutoring from another D’Evelyn student. The tutoring program is reflective of the D’Evelyn Founding Document, as the Founders expected that different students may struggle in different academic areas in the whole-group, teacher-directed instructional model. The Peer Tutoring program is designed to support students across content areas and encourage great academic growth for those that seek the support of the program.
Students may still sign up to either give or receive tutoring. The Peer Tutoring webpage can be found from the D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School homepage. For more information on Peer Tutoring, to request a tutor, or to seek a tutoring position, navigate to the Peer Tutoring request form through “Academics” drop-down menu, and select “Peer Tutoring”. The link to the page is: http://develyn.jeffcopublicschools.org/academics/peer_tutoring
The D’Evelyn faculty and administration is hopeful that the Peer Tutoring program can support an array of students. The program is designed to support students of various ability levels to promote learning for all students, regardless of grade level or letter-grade achievement. Students can request Peer Tutoring on their own. However, parents, teachers, and counselors are also able to recommend students for Peer Tutoring services, and are encouraged to do so if they feel a student would benefit from the program.
As we continue to grow and enhance the program, the faculty and administration are working together to incorporate teacher input into the Peer Tutoring system, thereby strengthening the ability of peer tutors to support their tutoring students. We are appreciative of the efforts of D’Evelyn peer tutors, who have chosen to give back to the school community by engaging in tutoring. At this time, we welcome additional students interested in serving as tutors, as nearly 70% of designated tutors are already paired with students.
If you have further questions or wish to discuss the D’Evelyn Peer Tutoring program further, please contact D’Evelyn Assistant Principal Greg Kottcamp at Greg.Kottcamp@jeffco.k12.co.us.