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Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Center for Continuing Education will introduce new academic preparation programs this spring designed to help public school students in the region be more successful.

These programs were developed after parents of students who participated in the successful College for Kids program last summer voiced their concern about student readiness.  The three new academic programs include STAAR Preparation, ACT/SAT Review and Academic Readiness.

“Our young students need all the help and support that they can get in order to succeed in their academic goals. Offering these programs is just one contribution of our Center in facilitating the achievement of those goals,” Marilu Salazar, director of the Center for Continuing Education, said.

The STAAR Preparation program is designed to help students in fifth through ninth grade prepare for the new required end-of-the-year testing implemented by the state to determine their eligibility of graduating to the next grade. This program will only involve fifth through ninth grade as a pilot program this year. If the program is successful, it will be expanded to include third and fourth grades.

The STAAR test – STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness – will be introduced this year in Texas public schools and given to students in grades three through nine. The STAAR Preparation Program will provide a review for the STAAR testing in an intimate group setting of only five students to a group. Groups will be divided by grade level and led by an academic tutor specializing in that grade.

Academic tutors will provide practice testing, diagnose and focus on areas of strength and weakness for the students to further their practice on, as well as teach time management skills, test-taking tips and strategies.

The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning February 13, and continuing through April 12. Science review will be held on Mondays, math on Tuesdays, reading on Wednesdays and writing on Thursdays. The cost of the tutoring will be $200 per course with the fee declining with the number of courses taken, so two courses will be $375, three will be $550 and all four will be $675.

For college bound students, the ACT/SAT Review will offer intensive classroom training in a variety of formats geared to each individual student’s learning style. The program offers a comprehensive preparation for those who prefer to immerse themselves in preparing for the test and will include test-taking strategies, quantitative subjects and verbal subjects. The reviews will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, with the SAT review beginning Feb. 11 and the ACT review beginning March 17. The cost for each test review is $400.

Academic Readiness is a one-week program designed to enhance the readiness of students for the next academic year. Participants will receive a four-day review of the grade that was just completed to be able to start the new school year fully refreshed from the summer days. This program helps prepare students from falling behind while learning new subject matter during the new school year.

This program is tentatively scheduled to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 9. Students will be taught in groups of 10 or more by grade level. There will be an experience-qualified instructor for each subject that is reviewed. Each subject will cost $200.

For more information about continuing education and the programs offered, call 361-593-2861.

Editor in Chief of the South Texan at Texas A&M University - Kingsville