Learning centers are facilities within Raleigh’s Housing Authority communities dedicated to providing out-of-school time support to K-12 students. With a focus on academic support, mentoring and enrichment opportunities facilitated by certified educators, external program partners, and community volunteers, learning centers offer students access to much-needed resources to promote success in and out of the classroom.
Learning centers operate throughout the year, providing after-school and summer programs. Approximately 200 students participate in learning center programs each year. Currently, SMART After-School/Summer Camp program is the signature program delivered in the learning centers. (“SMART” is an acronym for Students Maximizing Academic Resources through Technology.) Through SMART After-School/Summer Camp, students engage in a) STEM-focused, project-based learning, b) small group instruction and tutorial facilitated by certified educators, and c) interactive instruction leveraging online academic tools.
The overall goal of CIS Wake’s efforts in community learning centers is to prepare students to be successful and productive citizens, achieving personal goals and making positive contributions to their communities.