Evanston Township High School is bringing back last year’s pilot Wildkit Academy tutoring program for a full-year run this school year.

The Saturday sessions started in February and school officials say it proved highly successful — with attendance averaging 200 students per Saturday and peaking at nearly 400 students around exam times and test dates.

The program lets students ask questions about class assignments or get assistance from teachers and it offers space to collaborate with classmates on group projects, hold informal study groups, or work on individual class assignments.

Additionally, student athletes who attend Wildkit Academy have the opportunity to fulfill their Athletic Study Table requirements, and students with detentions will be eligible to clear detentions by attending support sessions as an alternative to detention.

Wildkit Academy also provides a space for students facing suspensions to meet with ETHS faculty to process their behavioral infractions.

Funded fully through Title 1 sources, Wildkit Academy is scheduled for 18 Saturdays during the 2011-12 school year.

The academy will open on Saturday, Sept. 24, with a new breakfast option at 8 a.m., followed by two morning academic support sessions: Session 1, 9:00 a.m.- 10:25 a.m. and Session 2, 10:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Students may attend one or both of the sessions, depending on their need and availability. Free snacks will be provided to students during the mid-morning break (10:25-10:35 a.m.) in Boltwood Cafeteria.

Raffles and drawings will take place during the break time between sessions, where students can win incentives for attending.

The academy is a collaborative effort among teachers, staff and administrators, and will be run this year under the direction of Marcus Campbell, director of student supports and equity.

Wildkit Academy is free and open to all current ETHS students. To attend, students must bring their student ID, and enter through Door #31 in the rear of the school.

Student will be required to use their ID for the breakfast option and to enter the academy sessions. No pre-registration is required.

More information is available online.

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