Overview of the Tutoring Program
The tutoring, mentoring and classroom discussion program represents one of the two major manpower efforts for SFAFS volunteers (the other is science fair advising and judging). Our volunteers, mostly physical scientists or engineers, are comfortable providing assistance in all areas of math, chemistry and physics. We have fewer volunteers who can help with biology.
Most of the tutoring effort works in a "walk-in" style: at Capital, Santa Fe High and Santa Fe Community College, tutors assemble in the same rooms at the same times each week and students come for assistance. At other venues (e.g. the Larragoite Academy and the Santa Fe Indian School), the tutors go to organized classrooms and provide help there.) All of the activities are supervised by a faculty member at the school in question.
The range of hourly contributions by volunteers is large: some come a few hours per week while others contribute hundreds of hours over a year. The overall impact in terms of contact with students has been quite significant (please see the attached graphs). SFAFS volunteers have contributed more than 5500 hours over the last five years, involving about 6500 student interactions. Providing such resources from the schools involved would be prohibitively expensive, especially in today's economy.
SFAFS offers tutors payment of $15 per contact hour. Most decline in favor of contributing their work pro bono.
HIgh School and Community College tutoring
Santa Fe has three large high schools (Capital High, Santa Fe High, St. Michael's Parochial), ten much smaller high schools (charter and private schools), and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC). Our programs have been very active at Santa Fe High and Santa Fe Community College, and less so at Capital High. Recently we've begun smaller-scale programs at the Larragoite Academy and the Santa Fe Indian School.
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