This past December, 702 parents completed surveys that asked a variety of questions about their ASAP experiences and impressions.
In the survey, 86.1% of parents said the after school programs help produce better school day learning and behavior for their child.
86.5% of parents who have children in ASAP believed the learning their child receives in the after school program has a direct correlation/link to the curriculum taught in the regular school day.
Additionally, 75% said they believe their child's grades have improved since participating in after school.
ASAP is a community effort to expand access to, and increase the quality of, after school programs for the Greater St. Louis Region. ASAP is managed by ARCHS, St. Louis for Kids and the Saint Louis Public School District and is funded by a unique network of public and private funders such as the State of Missouri, the St. Louis Mental Health Board and others
ARCHS Funding Spotlight: On-going series of feature stories about the funders who entrust ARCHS with resources to provide vital community services to the St. Louis region.
The importance of after school programming to St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) is highly evident.
"ARCHS commitment to SLPS students and their families remains unsurpassed," said SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams. "Now in its fourth year, the After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) after school programs have proven to be a vital component in the district's efforts to provide high-quality after school programs designed to improve academic achievement."
The After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) was proud to be one of 6,000 communities across the nation taking part in Lights On After School. The 11th annual Lights On After School was held October 21 and featured more than 1 million Americans rallying for after school programs.
Dozens of ASAP programs participated in Lights On After School and host Fall Festivals, Pajama Jams, Hip Hop Sock Hops, Sports Nights, Academic Olympics, After School Cook Off and more!
ARCHS serves as the strategic fiscal and contract management agent for ASAP. ARCHS is the largest provider of free after school programming in the St. Louis region.
ASAP and its partners have added more than 2,600 new additional "after school slots" to the City of St. Louis. ASAP is working toward a goal of adding more than 5,600 new slots to assure that at least 22 percent of city-based students have access to after school services (the national average).
Check out the photo gallery page (click on picture) to see "Lights On" pictures from ASAP elementary schools Sherman, Peabody, Mason, Lexington, Jefferson and Stevens Middle School (21st Century)!
The ASAP Five Star After School Partnership, a unique public-private partnership between ARCHS, State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers), St. Louis City Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Wyman Center and St. Louis Public Schools, continues to show positive results among more than 400 students in five St. Louis area public middle schools.
An evaluation of the after school partnership during its first full year of operation (2008-2009) by the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) shows an improvement in report card grades of participating students, as well as teacher reports of improved academic achievement and behavior. In one school year, 70 percent of failing students increased their grades by one letter or more. In terms of behavior, 61 percent of students that needed to improve showed slight to significant improvement in that area.
The young people in Five Star said being able to grow academically and as a community were their favorite aspects of the after school partnership.