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Just three weeks into the school year, Evanston Township High School is offering the first Wildkit Academy program for 2014-15 on Sept. 13 to provide students with an opportunity to accelerate their learning. As an extension of classroom teaching and learning, the popular academic support sessions are offered on select Saturdays and are open to all current ETHS students with a student ID.

During Wildkit Academy, students are able to ask questions and share problems with ETHS teachers and staff, collaborate with classmates on group projects, hold informal study groups or work on class assignments in a flexible environment. Wildkit Academy is free and is scheduled for 15 Saturdays during the 2014-15 school year, each with two morning sessions at 9 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. Students may attend one or both of the sessions, depending on their need and availability.

“The success of Wildkit Academy can be attributed to the relationships developed and fostered between staff and students,” said Melissa Costello, ETHS Wildkit Academy Coordinator for 2014-15. “According to students who have attended, they enjoy coming to Wildkit Academy because they have the opportunity to connect with teachers and peers, collaborate in small groups and experience a unique learning environment.”

Now in its fifth year, the Wildkit Academy program can draw hundreds of students to individual sessions, which offer support in specific content areas. Student athletes often attend sessions to help fulfill academic requirements. Special programs are included in the schedule at targeted times of the year to help students in areas such as ACT test preparation, Advanced Placement coursework and earned honors assessments.

For more information visit www.eths.k12.il.us/wildkitacademy.