Approximately 4,000 APS students accepted an invitation to stay in school for a few more weeks this year. The students are participating in a program called the “Fifth Block of Instruction.” Now in its fifth consecutive year, the voluntary program is offered to students who have shown academic growth during the year but need more learning time to become proficient. The program runs now through June 28 and provides a total of 23 extra days of instruction focused on math and literacy.
Superintendent John L. Barry recently visited Rangeview High School to get a closer look at the students’ progress. He commended students for their sacrifice and dedication to succeeding in school. Analysis of CSAP data shows that students who participate in the program tend to make better progress than non-participants on math, reading and writing assessments. The program is funded by mill levy dollars approved by Aurora voters in 2008.
For more information about Fifth Block, visit fifthblock.aurorak12.org.