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High School Programs

The CSV Tutoring Center at CRLS

CSV matches competent volunteer tutors on a one-to-one basis with CRLS and HSEP students. Tutoring Center volunteers give students individualized help in all curricular areas. Any student may request a tutor for any academic class in which they are currently enrolled. All tutoring is in English. Many students using Tutoring Center services speak a home language other than English. Sessions are 45 minutes per week, for in-person or remote tutoring sessions. Students may request a tutor for more than one subject. The Tutoring Center, on the second floor of CRLS, operates for 30 minutes before school begins, 8:00–8:30 a.m., and between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Academic Support Classes

Teaching staff at CRLS assign a small number of students to attend academic support classes in the CSV Tutoring Center at CRLS during the school day for credit-bearing individualized academic support services, based on their needs in particular subjects, for one or more semesters. We will post the location of the Tutoring Center during the 2021–22 school year when new information is available.

Classroom Assistants

Volunteers provide classroom assistance with both individualized and small-group instruction within all curricular areas. The role of a classroom volunteer includes helping students stay on task, monitoring class work, and facilitating discussions. Many classroom volunteers become an integral part of the classroom community. CSV partners with individual educators to recruit and place classroom volunteers.

College and Career Mentoring Program

Volunteers help high school seniors, some of whom may be the first in their families to apply to college, by assisting with college research, applications, and college essays. Volunteers may also help students with financial aid, scholarship applications and supplemental essays. Any HSEP or CRLS student may request a mentor in the CCMP program, which meets on Wednesdays in the CCRC beginning October 20, 2021.

Drop-In Math

Volunteers help students on a walk-in basis with math problems in skill areas ranging from pre-algebra to calculus. The center is open before school every day between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.

Science Olympiad

Volunteer advisers work closely with the high school team competing in the state-wide Science Olympiad competition by assisting them with research, problem solving and serving as a sounding board during the team’s preparation period. Science Olympiad Volunteers serve as mentors in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to help foster careers in these fields and promote the educational goals of STEM. The program meets mid-November through mid-March after school.