Peace Community Center | Middle School
Hilltop Scholars, middle school, Tacoma, Hilltop, Peace Community Center
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Middle School

 Middle School

6th grade- 8th grade

Hilltop Scholars at Jason Lee Middle School

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KIDS IN PROGRAM

When scholars enter middle school they transition from McCarver Scholars to Hilltop Scholars. The goal of the middle school phase of Hilltop Scholars is to help every scholar get prepared to take college-track classes in high school.

 

Summer Learning

We know that during the summer students are in danger of falling behind, which is why our scholars attend Summer Academy for 5 weeks. Every day at Academy, scholars receive 3 hours of reading, writing and math instruction to help them get ahead, not behind, and be fully prepared for the next school year. Scholars also participate in daily fitness activities like flag football and enrichment activities like leadership council. Weekly field trips to places like museums are also a normal part of Academy, ensuring our scholars experience a well-rounded summer full of learning and fun, community building.

 

After-School Learning

After-school, scholars work with tutors on homework as well as participate in enrichment activities such as leadership or robotics four days a week. Once a week, scholars attend a class designed to help them build academic skills and strategies, develop positive mindsets, learn about college and practice critical thinking skills.

 

Academic Coaching

Every scholar is also paired with an Academic Coach who meets with them once a week throughout the year, helping them set academic goals and work on time management. Academic Coaches also help our scholars navigate the social and life challenges they encounter, while also connecting regularly with scholars’ parents and teachers to help ensure success.

“I like the people because they actually take the time to listen and be with you. They speak my language and help explain things I didn’t get in class.” -Hilltop Scholar student

 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

 

Scholars complete middle school ready for a college-bound classes in high school. Scholars will:

SCHOOL YEAR

Through programming students develop positive mindsets, receive academic support, and focus on their social and emotional development.

SUMMER ACADEMY

We provide year-round learning so that our scholars can get ahead, not behind, during the summer months.

  • Demonstrate future thinking about post-high school goals
  • Pass Algebra by 8th grade
  • Maintain at least 3.0 GPA
  • Have 90% school attendance

  • Academic Coaching – 1 on 1 mentoring, goal setting, and skill building
  • Monday- Thursday during and after-school
  • After-school tutoring
  • Enrichment activities
  • Field trips

  • 5 weeks every summer in partnership with Jason Lee Middle School
  • 4 hours of reading, math, AVID and fitness classes daily
  • Field trips and college visits
  • Breakfast and lunch provided

 

 To be eligible to apply for our program, please ensure the following:

 

-Your family must live in or near the Hilltop neighborhood

 

-Attend Jason Lee Middle School

 

Preference will be given to students who are traditionally underrepresented in college.

 

If you qualify, please click the interest button to fill out an interest form.

 

INTEREST FORM

 

JOINING HILLTOP SCHOLARS

 

To be eligible to apply for our program, please ensure the following:

 

  • -Your family must live in or near the Hilltop neighborhood

  • -Attend Jason Lee Middle School

Preference will be given to students who
are traditionally underrepresented in college

 

 

If you qualify, please click the interest button to fill out an interest form.

 

INTEREST FORM

LOCATED AT JASON LEE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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QUICK STATS

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HOURS OF INSTRUCTION ANNUALLY

134

DAYS PER YEAR

128

STUDENTS SERVED 2014-2015