Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson Foundation – Service Year


We believe that it’s not enough to just say we are making an impact, which is why we rely on data to inform our decisions and drive the direction of the work we do. Kids on Course uses the same measurements for math and reading as the Cedar Rapids Community School District, to ensure our students truly are on track to post secondary education.For the 2016-17 school year:

Five-hundred and five students attend the high-quality after school Learning Lab tutoring program. Seventy-two percent of those lived below 185% of the federal poverty line. Data: 92% of those students grew their reading scores, 26% grew more than one grade’s level worth in reading, 54% are now on grade level in reading.

For summer 2017:

Seven-hundred and fifty-eight students attended Kids on Course University, a 7-week summer program full of learning, meals, field trips, and small group instruction by certified teachers. Data: 86% grew in math, 75% grew in reading.

Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participated in Kids on Course Scholar Camp, a free five-week summer program intended to boost preparedness for the upcoming school year and build positive adult and peer relationships.

Students who are committed to Kids on Course for two or more years are more likely than their peers to be on grade level in reading than their peers at their school, in the Cedar Rapids school district, and the state of Iowa. Data: 57% of students in the Cedar Rapids school district are on grade level in reading; 66% of students in the state of Iowa are on grade level in reading; 74% of committed Kids on Course students are on grade level in reading.

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