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New Program Helps Students Catch Up

March 9, 2014, 6:10 PM by Sammi Bjelland

New Program Helps Students Catch Up
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Students at Roosevelt High School are getting a little extra help outside the classroom.

A new intervention program is changing the way kids cope with subjects they may not be excelling in.

"We try to identify students that are typically struggling in the classroom and have struggled in the classroom, and my role is to find those students and put them in the R2 program to help them be more successful," Academic Intervention Coordinator Terry Grove said. 

The R2 program is designed to get students the one-on-one mentoring they may need through a flexible schedule designed just for them.

"Which is a little revolutionary because we've taken the time lines out of completions so they don't have to get ready for a semester test at a certain time," Grove said 

"It's pretty much normal people. Just sometimes they don't get a subject and then the teacher mentors them a little bit and they catch right on and they pass just like me," student Edgar Jinenaz said.

Even though this is only the second year of the R2 program at Roosevelt, they're already helping over 300 students in 28 different sections.

"We started last year with just a small group of like three classes. And we noticed that over 100 students passed classes during just those three periods," Roosevelt Principal Tim Hazlett said. 

Hazlett says this is a great solution to help struggling students.

"People are used to saying, 'I'm in this. What do I get from this? How should I do what I need to do to go further?'  So this kind of plays into that a little bit, yet it's not an all-day program. It might be one period," Hazlett said. 

The program is also opening new doors for students.

"I've always been a decent student. And I've always just wanted to graduate and go into the Army. But now I'm probably going to be ahead on credits since I'm finishing everything really fast. So I'm thinking of going to college now since it's helping me out," Jinenaz said.

"I think the number one key is that even though this is a big school and a big district, to know that your students are not a number. That your students and their success is very important to us. And that we believe in them. And that they can do it," Hazlett said.

There is no word on whether other schools in the district will adopt the R2 program in the future.

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