Kids on Course staff work full-time in the schools they serve. Being on the ground level allows for long-lasting relationships with students, families and staff. Our program provides a cocoon of supports to wrap around students: addressing barriers that prevent students from learning, engaging families in their student's education, providing enrichment opportunities and supporting academics so students are on the path to college. Students enter the program in elementary school and we follow their educational journey throughout high school.     

year-round program

Elementary School



2016-2017 highlights

Elementary School

The Kids on Course Elementary Program focuses on helping students reach grade level or beyond in math and reading. After school tutoring (Learning Lab) and the summer program (Kids on Course University) are helping close the achievement gap between higher and lower income students.


Kids on Course offers enrichment opportunities in a variety of areas including sports, arts and science. Participation barriers are eliminated by providing transportation and equipment to those in need. Students who show commitment to the program and a passion for a certain activity are eligible to receive a Bid for Kids scholarship, which helps pay for extracurriculars like studio dance lessons, club soccer, and many others. 


Elementary students visit college campuses and learn about different college majors and careers. Beginning in first grade, Kids on Course staff members hold conferences with parents to talk about the "Road to College," which creates a path for students to  follow in elementary, middle and high school that will prepare them for the pursuit of post-secondary education. 


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Middle School

Full-time staff provide encouragement and support to students both in and out of school. The support extends to families as they adapt to raising preteens. 


Kids on Course offers academic programs like Learning Lab, one-on-one tutoring and Scholar Camp (a summer academic program), to make sure students are on track to graduate from high school on time and pursue post-secondary education. 


The middle school program emphasizes high school and college preparation by practicing study skills, spending time on college campuses, learning how to manage their time effectively and navigating difficult social situations.


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High School

We are excited to expand Kids on Course into Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools in the fall of 2018. Our high school staff will continue to mentor and provide support for students who have graduated from our middle school program. We will focus heavily on college preparation, filling out applications and building a robust college resume. 

We will be partnering with Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to help students plan for their future post-secondary education choice and careers. ICAN educates students and parents around financial assistance, scholarships, and what students can do in high school to set them up for greater success in the future.