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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. 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 as referred by their classroom teachers. 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 with math skills building. 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.

Math Academy is for 4th and 5th grade students. During six week periods students are offered targeted math instruction, skill building, and the time necessary to master essential math strategies in a supportive environment.

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.

STEAM Club services 3rd-5th grade students through engaging hands-on activities and experiments, as well as extensions of the classroom curriculum. We aim to build and reinforce fundamental skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.


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 (