East Side Neighborhood Services and Pratt Community School work together as partners to provide a variety of enriching programs to help students reach their full academic and social potentials.
Pratt Achievers is an out of school time program that provides over sixty Pratt youth individualized academic and social support. This includes additional reading, writing, and mathematics instructional time with a licensed teacher, small group learning games and innovative educational software in the computer lab.
We communicate directly with school day teachers about students’ academic needs and progress towards goals and maintain ongoing contact with parents.
- We believe in every student, and we strive to make large academic gains in all students; we help our students perform all grade level standards successfully.
- We believe that academic achievement carries many substantial benefits, and all students are capable of great achievements.
- We believe that every student learns differently, and we utilize a variety of teaching methods and learning styles in our educational activities.
- We believe in maintaining high expectations for all of our students, and that students will rise to them.
Our staff includes a youth program manager, four licensed teachers, a program coordinator, a lead tutor, and volunteers from the University of Minnesota.
ESNS partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters and University of Minnesota Y-Mentors to provide balanced youth programming. Pratt Youth have the opportunity to participate in two days of academic programming, one day of Big Brothers Big Sisters and one day of Y-Mentors, for a total of 4 afternoons of programming.
During the school day, support is provided to staff and students of Pratt Community School by the East Side Neighborhood Services youth work manager. The coordinator assists with daily routines while checking-in with youth.
The youth work coordinator also assists Pratt in planning and implementing a number of parent involvement events including Curriculum Night, Culture Night, Parent Teacher Conferences, Pratt Open House, the Talent Show, and CPEO (Parent Education Classes). ESNS staff fosters connections with families by attending PTO meetings.