RAP-Read to Achieve Program

The READ to ACHIEVE Program (RAP)  is designed to help participants reading below grade level to increase reading skills. Literacy at Tampa Bay Academy of Hope involves planned, systematic development of reading, writing, and oral language.  Aligned, researched based, carefully implemented reading curriculum is the backbone of our success.  Recognizing reading as an essential skill for learning and success, our program strives to promote a life long love of the written word by providing solid strategies designed to help students gain information and learn from text.  Students are required to read daily.  In addition, reading mentors/coaches are provided to read with students at least one day per week.  The premise is reading one day each week for an hour with a mentor will help the student improve at least one grade level after one year of participation.  Partners throughout the community will provide reading mentors to work with students at five elementary schools throughout Hillsborough County.  Students choose books from an approved reading list.  Upon completion of each book students take a vocabulary and comprehension test to demonstrate the successful completion of the book.  Students earn points for each successful completion and are awarded accordingly.

A look at the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores for the schools in our area:  Booker T Washington, Just, Broward, Potter, and Oak Park Elementary present a strong case for support for this project.  In the 2013-2014 school year we expect 75 students to connect with reading mentors/coaches to participate in reading for one hour a week.  Each student will pre-test for current reading level and will test throughout the program to demonstrate reading improvement.  Based on the post test it will be proven fact that readers are better students and achieve at higher academic levels than non-readers.


For more information regarding this program, please contact Tampa Bay Academy of Hope at (813) 988-4240 or via email at info@tampahope.org.