Mission & Goals

The Steamer Success Academy was developed to provide a safe and stimulating environment offering the mentoring and advocacy that engage and support high needs children. Steamer Success Academy is designed to address children’s needs in three areas: academics, social skills, and physical well-being.

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  • Increase Academic Achievement: Iowa-certified teachers assess each student individually and deliver appropriate instruction at no more than a 1:10 teacher-student ratio. The program will align with school day instruction through regular input from District teachers and administrators, based on CSIP goals, and regular communication with school staff.
  • Build Social Skills: The program will emphasize character development in activities that increase cultural awareness, such as music, dance, cooking, and recreation. The program will help increase social competence through the same PBIS and Olweus frameworks that the District uses during the day. Program staff will promote a positive, professional, and respectful environment and Youth Mentors, who supervise children at a 1:15 ratio whenever they are not working with teachers, provide enrichment activities, advocate for students, and serve as role models.
  • Improve Physical Well-Being: The program will provide healthy snacks and participate daily in a wide variety of physical activities that combine learning and exercise and help develop teamwork skills. During the school year, the program will offer Family Literacy events where children, families, and program and school staff share a meal and participate in activities focused on literacy and mathematics.