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Success Story: Fremont High School

Students for Success at Fremont High

The Challenge

Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California, is in a fairly affluent school district, but its own student body is economically diverse, and many students lack academic support at home. Approximately 28 percent of the students are English language learners, and there is a high student turnover. These factors contributed to the school having the lowest test scores in the district.

The Action

To raise student achievement, the school’s PTSA and National Honor Society collaborated to launch the Students for Success Tutoring Club. Four days a week, students can stop in to receive free peer tutoring in any key subject, including all levels of math, literature, social studies, science, and foreign languages. Help is also provided for standardized test preparation.

Students may be referred for tutoring by their teachers or stop in on their own for help with homework or to study with friends. At any given time, 15 to 25 tutors are available. Supervision is provided by a combination of PTSA volunteers and paid staff. Attendance is voluntary and flexible, and incentives are offered.

The Impact

In the first year of the program, 109 National Honor Society peer tutors and 550 registered students participated. On average, 130 students stopped in each day. Approximately 50 percent of the students who regularly attended improved by at least one letter grade by the end of the first semester. Not only that, but the partnership between the school, the PTSA, and the National Honor Society has made the library--the place where tutoring sessions are held--a cool place to be, and has helped restore a sense of pride in Fremont High School.