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FORWARD, ONWARD TO COLLEGE, UPWARD TO SUCCESS

FOCUS is an out-of-school-time, tuition-free enrichment programme aimed at preparing public school students of demonstrated potential and need for college readiness and access. Students begin the programme the summer after Grade 4, and are supported throughout their school career. Our expectation is that they will eventually become the first generation in their family to achieve post-secondary education.

FOCUS also supports teachers in training. The majority of interns are University of The Bahamas (UB), School of Education majors, who will eventually be teaching in the country’s public school system.

2016 KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 36 new Grade 4 students joined FOCUS bringing the total number of students to 195 in grades 5-10.
  • Recognised by Northwest School District for benefitting students in the community.
  • Featured at University of The Bahamas Charter Day activities:
  • First cohort, Class of 2019, began senior high school!
  • Added a new team member, Karen McCartney, to support senior high school students as they prepare for college (On Course to College, OCTC)
  • Partnership with UB continues and we are gifted the use of facility space.
  • Grade 9: Created a media enterprise
  • During the Summer 2016 30-day programming days (July-August) the following was achieved:
    • 87% retention of students in the programme from inception to end of summer 2016
    • 94% average daily attendance
    • 95% of students had 80% or higher attendance rate
    • 100% of students participated in project based learning activities modeled on real life scenarios.
    • Projects were on: climate change (Grades 5 &6); democracy and system of governments (Grades 7 & 8); and participation in the Olympic Games (Grade 9).
    • All students have been tested in math and literacy and a baseline performance level established.
  • Regular programming continues for 15 Saturdays during the school year at University of The Bahamas from 10AM-3PM. Saturday activities were divided into learning time in Language Arts and Mathematics, and also field trips and guest-speaker activities. Students were provided with transportation, lunch and a snack.

TOTAL INVESTED IN 2015 = $670K

TOTAL STUDENTS SERVED: 175

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