6th grade through college graduation
We support scholars and families on their chosen pathways to college graduation. Our academic counselors visit each scholar at their schools and college campuses. We offer social and cultural activities, weekly tutoring, skill-building workshops and annual retreats, all designed to build increased skills for academic success. Families are supported through parent workshops and individual meetings, as well as regular contact with academic counselors.
We are grateful for the countless school partnerships it takes to fulfill our mission.
The academic counselor is an advocate for the scholar and a liaison between the school and the family. They are a personal coach who pays close attention to all academic and non-academic matters that could impact a student’s success in school. In addition to monthly one-on-one meetings, academic counselors organize social outings and school community lunches. If a scholar is struggling, academic counselors provide extra supports and resources.
Because we recognize that a child’s education impacts the whole household, we also partner with families to advocate for our scholars in school and link them with any necessary support services.
“Rainier Scholars helped me get organized when I started at a new school, giving me tips that are really paying off.”
Adriana Hernandez, Cohort XIV, University Prep
Homework Center and Tutoring
We help scholars stay on top of their schoolwork in a variety of ways. Homework Center is offered from 4:30-6:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at multiple locations. Educators are available on site to help with math, writing and other subjects requiring support.
We also provide tutoring for scholars who need individualized assistance.
Each school term, academic counselors arrange community lunches with middle school and high school scholars at our partner schools. One Saturday each month, scholars go on field trips or participate in social events.
Middle school and high school family engagement includes individual family meetings with academic counselors each year. At the start of every school year, families attend group meetings to learn about the academic expectations and the social and emotional highlights and challenges of the coming year.
Parents also attend workshops to help build a supportive network, plan for high school, college and beyond, and continue their own education as parents of budding adolescents and young adults.
Summer learning opportunities
We encourage our middle school scholars to participate in summer enrichment opportunities that have the added benefit of helping to prevent the classic “summer slide” that is too often prevalent for low-income students. See a few of the opportunities available to our scholars.