Learning Enhancement After School Programs

The Learning Commons is the center of student and faculty collaboration, learning, research and knowledge construction at ACS Athens. This learning space provides our students and faculty with state of the art facilities, such as a media studio, a math and science studio, a writing/research studio, an incubator of students’ creative ideas and more. These spaces are staffed with professionals having expertise in the fields of Mathematics, Sciences, Writing, Research, Literacy, STEAM education, and Media. Students and faculty function as architects of their own learning as they pursue their intellectual curiosities. As referred to by a faculty member, the Learning Commons is becoming the heartbeat of education at ACS Athens.

The Learning Enhancement Programs for the Elementary School, Middle School and Academy students are housed in the Learning Commons and strive to provide the individual assistance necessary for each learner to achieve academic success in the area of focus. The Coordinator of the Program is Ms. Danai Papaioannou, who also works as the Middle School/Academy Optimal Learning Program (OLP) Specialist.

This year, we have emphasized our efforts towards re-introducing the After School Homework Support Program where small groups of up to six students work towards a common goal; whether that be homework completion, mathematics or increasing literacy skills and more. Students enroll in the program for a semester or a year with the mindset to receive the necessary skills for success and exit the program as a successful independent learner.

Welcome to our Programs. We are eager to provide the qualified personnel necessary and an atmosphere conducive to learning for our students.

Location: ACS Athens Learning Commons - at the Hasib J. Sabbagh Library

Dates: Daily from 15:50 - 17:30 except Fridays

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Aim

Students will identify their learning style and pertinent strategies to effectively organize their work. Students will return home with as much of their homework or missing assignments complete as possible, leaving them time for leisure activities and family pursuits.

Students will enhance their study skills and organizational techniques to progress as independent learners. Students will be encouraged to discover their own answers to their questions by embracing the trial and error process and improving their problem solving skills.

Program structure and instructors

Program Structure

  • Students will be provided with a structured, quiet environment with designated hours for studying.
  • Students will be responsible for keeping up with their assignments by checking both Skyward and
  • Moodle before starting their work.
  • Students will be introduced to the daily use of a calendar/planner to organize their assignments and upcoming work. They will also be encouraged to set daily goals for the completion of their homework.
  • Students will be away from all distracting stimuli (electronics) while completing their homework.
  • Students will decrease the amount of time they are working on their assignments by working in a supervised environment.
  • Students will ensure that all writings go through a process; brainstorming, outline, paragraph structure and drafts before submitting their final piece.
  • Students will be allowed structured physical breaks (time defined or task defined) to clear their mind and focus back on their work.
  • Students will be provided with immediate and direct feedback about the timely completion of their work.
  • Students will be encouraged to develop frequent communication with their classroom teachers via email and Moodle.

Program Instructors

The Program Instructors will provide homework support in the following ways:

  • Checking for understanding by asking students to repeat instructions when needed. If students do not understand the directions correctly, instructors will repeat them by breaking them down into step-by-step procedures.
  • Improving students’ time management by giving them one task to complete at a time and introducing the next task only when students have successfully completed the previous task.
  • Improving students’ organizational skills by assisting students with keeping their binders and notebooks organized and well-presented.
  • Following a less desirable task with a more desirable task, making the completion of the first necessary to perform the second.
  • Reducing the directions to steps by giving students each additional step after completion of the previous step.
  • Emphasizing the importance of taking notes and highlighting or underlining while reading to increase reading comprehension.
  • Encouraging students to look at all available resources on Moodle to get assistance in how to complete their work.
  • Reading aloud to students who are auditory learners or providing them with audio books  when possible.
  • The Program Instructors will work in small groups with a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 6.
  • The Program Instructors will provide updates to parents via elog notes that will be shared at the end of each session via email.
  • Please note that the Learning Commons Staff reserves the right not to offer a session if the Program does not reach the minimum required number of students.

Program eligibility requirements

New Students:

  • Students entering ACS Athens in 2019-2020 may be recommended/ or required to attend the After School Homework Support Program based on their Admissions’ file and their corresponding documents from previous institutions.

Returning Students:

  • Students on academic probation and students who perform poorly are automatically informed about the After School Homework Support Program and may enroll starting in September.
  • Faculty can also refer students to the Child Study Team for screening, evaluation and possible enrollment in the After School Homework Support Program.
  • Parent-initiated enrollment is also an option for families who wish their children to enhance highly desirable qualities such as responsibility, perseverance and time management.

Session schedules

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
15:50-17:30

Elementary School

October 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
November 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26
December 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19
January 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
March 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31
April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27

Middle School & Academy

October 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
November 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26
December 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19
January 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
March 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31
April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27

Absences

For attendance purposes please inform the Program’s Coordinator at papaioannoud@acs.gr if you plan to pick up your child immediately after school without attending the After School Homework Support Program.

Tuitions

Parents may choose to enroll their daughter/son in the type of program that best applies to their child's needs (please choose an option below):

Elementary School

Programs Days and Time # of Sessions Cost (per Semester)
Elementary School Homework Study Program 2 sessions / week (90 minutes) ≈26 €720
Elementary School Homework Study Program 4 sessions / week (90 minutes) ≈51 €800

Middle School & Academy

Programs Days and Time # of Sessions Cost (per Semester)
Middle School/Academy Homework Study Program 2 sessions / week (90 minutes) ≈26 €800
Middle School/Academy Homework Study Program 4 sessions / week (90 minutes) ≈51 €1200

Other

Programs Days and Time # of Sessions Cost (per Semester)
Math Support 1 session / week (90 minutes) ≈13 €400
Organizational Skills 1 session / week (90 minutes) ≈13 €400

End of Semester 1 (Middle School/Academy): January 24, 2019

End of Semester 2 (Middle School/Academy): June 19, 2020

Payments for Semester 1 should be made no later than Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
If enrollment does not reach the minimum number of participants required, you will be notified and your tuition will be reimbursed.