A program that gives kids from less prosperous families the educational resources and tools enjoyed by kids from more affluent families during the home life portion of a school day. Students who gain admission into AT LAST! are called “Scholars-In-Residence.”
To describe what AT LAST! does (boarding), while distinguishing it from a “Boarding School.” AT LAST! is not a school. A Scholar-In-Residence attends the school chosen by his/her parent/guardian. Once the school day is over, he/she comes to the neighborhood AT LAST! residence to gain access to the type of optimized developmental ecosystem (and educational resources and tools) as enjoyed by kids who are members of more affluent families, and stays the night. The next school morning, he/she awakens and starts the process again.
During the school year, a Scholar-In-Residence goes to the AT LAST! Residence each Sunday during the afternoon and returns (after school) each day until Friday. After school on Friday, each Scholar-In-Residence returns home for the weekend. He/she is also at home during each holiday and over the summers. Bottom line: A Scholar-In-Residence spends more days at home with his/her family during a year than at the AT LAST! Residence.
AT LAST!’s Overton location will begin with one residence, and there will be 16 Scholars-In-Residence in that residence. Over time, the number of Scholars-In-Residence will increase at the Overton location. Given the importance of Early Childhood Education, AT LAST!’s Scholars-In-Residence will be primary school-aged (1st-through-6th grade).
No. AT LAST! is a Boarding Experience in the vein of Boarding Schools targeting elite academic outcomes from students whose families have high aspirations for them. Its mission is not therapeutic and not punitive. AT LAST! (will not accept coercive or mandatory placement of kids from courts, agencies, etc.).
No. AT LAST! is a neighborhood-based Boarding Experience, and each AT LAST! Residence is designed to serve the kids who live in the immediately-surrounding neighborhood. Part of the appeal of AT LAST! is that the child will remain in close proximity to the family at all times.
Apply when an AT LAST! Residence is opening in your city. If more kids who meet the criteria apply than AT LAST! can accommodate, a lottery admissions process will determine which applicants are granted admission.
AT LAST! does not “charge” a parent/guardian a “fee” for a Scholar-In-Residence to participate in AT LAST!. However, a parent/guardian will be expected to help make AT LAST! available for his/her child with “in-kind” contributions (e.g., helping tidy up the area in the AT LAST! Residence where his/her child sleeps, communicating with AT LAST! stakeholders, etc.).
Yes. AT LAST! will first prove its premise in Dallas, beginning with the Overton Road location. Then, AT LAST! will scale and serve as a model to improve educational outcomes in other large urban areas across America.
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