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“High-performing schools and school systems set high expectations for what each and every child should achieve, and then monitor performance against the expectations, intervening whenever they are not met…  The very best systems intervene at the level of the individual student, developing processes and structures within schools that are able to identify whenever a student is starting to fall behind, and then intervening to improve that child’s performance.” ~ Barber & Mourshed, 2007

Targeted Tutoring

We have four full-time paraprofessional tutors:

  • Kaylee Dolloff – Algebra 1 & Algebra 2

  • Alyssa Herron – Biology and Chemistry

  • Marta Strouse – Spanish & French

These tutors will partner with teachers to identify students whose formative assessment data indicate that each student is not proficient or approaching proficiency on an essential learning target.  Tutors will utilize study halls, teacher’s aide positions, and attendance waivers to support these students in one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions.  These tutors are also occasionally available on a “drop-in” basis as their daily schedule allows.

Peer Tutoring

Each block, a select group of DCCHS high school students are available to support their peers in a variety of subjects.  All students in study hall, teacher’s aide positions, and on attendance waivers are invited to come to the THINK Spot to work with a peer tutor.  No appointment is necessary!

Math After School Help – “MASH”

In the THINK Spot, we offer small group help sessions in mathematics after school four days per week.  Each session is facilitated by a paraprofessional math tutor or a licensed math teacher.

  • Monday – Thursday afternoons

  • 3 – 4:15 p.m. (students may come and go as needed during this window)

  • No appointment is necessary

Chemistry & Biology After School Help – “CASH & BASH”

We offer small group help sessions in chemistry and biology after school two days per week.  Each session is facilitated by a paraprofessional science tutor.

  • Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons

  • Room 412 (Mr. Amundson’s room)

  • 3 – 4:15 p.m. (students may come and go as needed during this window)

  • No appointment is necessary

Quiz & Test Make-Up or Re-performance

Students may complete missing quizzes or tests in the THINK Spot during study hall, teacher’s aide positions, attendance waivers, and after school (Mon – Thurs.) If a teacher initiates this process, a representative from the THINK Spot will communicate with the student.  If a student wishes to initiate this process, he/she must first communicate with the appropriate teacher to insure that the needed quiz or test is made available in the THINK Spot.

Return from Extended Absence

A team involving many people (student, parents, counselors, administrators, etc) will develop a plan to best support a student returning from a lengthy absence.  This plan may combine multiple THINK Spot supports.  The plan may also provide a “safe space,” a reduced workload within courses, or a reduced course load for the student.  The duration of the plan will vary based on needs of the student.


If you have questions or need more information about our tutoring programs, please contact:

Ben Bribach
Tutoring Center Coordinator