The Fishing School

The Fishing School

Continuous Commitment

The Fishing School’s Cohort Model is a unique, continuous commitment to children and their parents from 1st through 8th grades in which students are grouped into “cohorts” upon enrollment and progress through a multi-year program continuum together. Our programs follow each child through critical benchmarks in their elementary school years, and continue to support through middle school to help ensure a successful transition into high school. TFS students, therefore, have a continuity of experience that may not otherwise be possible through other out-of-school time providers.

At The Fishing School, we teach students to go fishing in the rivers of their minds. We’re able to effectively do this through research-based out-of-school time programming.

TFS is made up of four program components.  TFS’ Elementary Afterschool Program builds academic and life skills to develop participants’ ability to attain their personal goals.  The Middle School Program supports the critical needs of 6th to 8th grade youth with a focus in college and career readiness.  In Summer Camp, participants receive support to build and maintain academic and social skills in an effort to prevent summer learning loss.  Lastly, in TFS’ Parent Engagement Program, parents participate in year round engagement activities and events designed to increase their knowledge and skills of youth development and empower them to make use of best practices.

TFS works to promote trust, open communication, and parent stewardship of their child’s academic career, and connects with parents through family events, advisory committees, newsletters, regular progress reports, referrals, and expert guidance from external partners.

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