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I AM Learning Partnership Programs

Arnerich Massena’s primary objective in all of its programs is to serve students who are under-performing in critical skills and provide intervention to assist them in meeting grade level benchmarks. Following are descriptions of the I AM Learning Partnership programs at Irvington School. All programs are sponsored by Arnerich Massena and are provided at no cost to students and their families.


School-year Programs

The Literacy Intervention program is at the heart of the I AM Learning Partnership. Under the supervision of Irvington School staff, Arnerich Massena coordinators administer direct literacy instruction to small groups of students currently not meeting Oregon state benchmarks for literacy. Each school year, about 50 students are serviced through this critical intervention in literacy.

There is presently no support mechanism in place from PPS for this student profile at Irvington School.

This program is for select students who are not reading at grade level. Volunteers devote one morning per week for a half hour, tutoring the same student one-on-one for the entire school year. The curriculum focuses on building phonic skills and vocabulary, improving sentence fluency, developing comprehension, and elevating motivation and confidence.

This program supports students who are not testing at grade level on state math benchmarks. Volunteers devote one morning per week for a half hour, working with the same student or pair of students throughout the school year. Emphasis is on building fundamental math skills, as well as cultivating motivation and confidence.

Students meet after school weekly to receive support in understanding and completing their classroom homework assignments. The availability of resources and the participation of volunteers assist students in different subject areas, such as math, writing, and social studies.

Girls’ Club meets after school weekly and offers girls with mentorship and enrichment activities. Common themes include character and friendship building, anti-bullying efforts, healthy living, community service projects, and arts & crafts. By providing new experiences and establishing healthy habits and positive social networks, we encourage and support girls to develop as confident, independent-thinking young women.

Math & Science Club meets after school each week and guides students through the scientific process and provides opportunities to build math strategies. In an effort to elevate knowledge, comprehension, and motivation in the areas of math and science, students participate in engaging in hands-on activities and experiments, as well as extensions of the classroom curriculum.

Since 2011, our partnership has engaged the middle level students by offering participation in our before school tutoring program. 7th and 8th graders are given the opportunity to earn community service hours as math or reading tutors to younger students in need of additional support.


Summer Programs

Each summer our partnership sponsors six weeks of free summer camp, providing academic support to select students that are not meeting grade level benchmarks. To best meet the current needs of the Portland Public School District and Irvington School, the content and focus of our summer programs change periodically.

Educating our children is the most valuable investment we can make for the future of our community, our country, and our planet. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or would be interested in volunteering for any of our programs at Irvington School, please contact Kate DeGraw (