Study Skills Program
In September 2014, to continue helping the students who had participated in the program as 4th graders and were no longer eligible for the program, we added a new component with the purpose of improving their study skills. The 17 5th grade students meet every Saturday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom throughout the school year as a safety measure against COVID-19. In this program, students are taught different study strategies and techniques that they can use to improve their academic progress. Some of the topics that are discussed include: how to be organized, the importance of setting short-term and long-term goals, how to improve reading comprehension, test-taking strategies, and many other skills.
In 2020 the program was funded by the Westchester County Youth Bureau.
The Ben Boykin Homework Help Center
In 2018, El Centro Hispano’s administrators decided to begin a new program to end the digital divide afflicting the students of the White Plains School District. College and high school tutors have been available Monday – Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 to help. On a daily basis, an average of 9-12 students took advantage of this program by coming regularly to use the computers and receive one-on-one tutoring from students from the White Plains High School.
In response to COVID-19, the Director of Educational Programs and the coordinator of the program created a system to continue offering this program via Zoom, on the phone, and via socially distanced meetings. In 2021, in addition to homework help, the program offered students help in learning how to use the new school software, as well as offering parents and students materials to safely navigate the internet.
El Centro Hispano gives a very special thank you to Chairman Ben Boykin for offering his unwavering support to our students!