Local students turn to Saturday School for educational enhancement

A 20-week pilot Saturday school program will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)
A 20-week pilot Saturday school program in Prince George’s County, Md. will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)

A 20-week pilot Saturday school program in Prince George’s County, Md. will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)

A 20-week pilot Saturday school program will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)
A 20-week pilot Saturday school program in Prince George’s County, Md. will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)

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A 20-week pilot Saturday school program will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)
A 20-week pilot Saturday school program will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)

BELTSVILLE, Md. – Kids normally spend their Saturday mornings watching cartoons, playing outside, or even sleeping in.

But some students in Prince George’s County are going to school on Saturdays.

The reason is a new program introduced by the county’s school system, to help students learn and boost test scores.

Dr. Kevin Maxwell, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, told WTOP that the Saturday school program was originally developed by the George B. Thomas Learning Academy and established in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Now officials want to bring the success that came with that program in Montgomery County to Prince George’s County.

The 20-week program for students of all grades and academic strengths will focus on core subjects, but officials particularly want to improve learning in math.

Each session in this pilot program will take place at High Point High School in Beltsville. Students are offered a free breakfast at 8 a.m. and will then have a motivational session at 8:30 a.m. The instructional program runs from 9 to 11 a.m., with volunteer tutors and certified teachers working with students to develop successful learning and studying strategies.

“I’m looking for enrichment for my children,” parent Robin Booker says. “My children are in AP classes and they have an AP program here at High Point. I’m interested in enhancing her knowledge with AP so that she will do well on the exam, as well as getting a better learning experience.”

Students say being at school on Saturday isn’t ideal, but if it helps them get better grades, they’re all for it.

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