Vero Beach, Florida – Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee awarded The Learning Alliance a $100,000 grant that will benefit struggling readers in the elementary schools within the School District of Indian River County.
Moonshot Academy is a multi-faceted, enriched literacy afterschool and summer program that provides remediation and applied learning concepts for struggling students.
The Moonshot Academy is in its fourth year of operation and serves K-3 students attending Indian River Academy, Rosewood Magnet School, Vero Beach Elementary, Beachland Elementary, Citrus Elementary, Pelican Island Elementary, and Fellsmere Elementary School. Students are identified by the iReady diagnostic as being in the lower 50th percentile. There are roughly 1,240 students in these six schools that need extended time to close the learning gap.
The purpose of the Moonshot Academy Afterschool and Summer Program is to improve the reading proficiency of our elementary students in grades K – 3. Currently, 47% of all students are not reading on grade level by the end of third grade. That means approximately 2,000 elementary students in Indian River County are reading below grade level. Those struggling readers need more time to catch up to their peers, and they must have highly-skilled teachers who are able to reach them at their level to help them improve. The students served by Moonshot Academies immensely benefit from more one-on-one and small group attention. Moonshot Academy affords students both extended learning time, as well as highly engaging content delivered by knowledgeable professionals versed in standards based instruction.
The overall goal of our program is to provide an academic experience that is project-based, problem-based, and rigorous while intently allowing underperforming, struggling students to catch up to their peers. The Learning Alliance’s Moonshot Academies have been proven effective as evidenced by attending students seeing a 48-65% growth in achieving proficiency, while their K-3 peers not participating in Moonshot Academy saw a 6-12% growth!
Barbara Hammond, CEO of The Learning Alliance, adds, “The Learning Alliance and the students we serve truly appreciate the support of Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee (CSAC). The funding we received from CSAC will be used to target the highest need students who are underperforming in order to elevate their academic proficiency!”