AHS’ Student Assistance Center (SAC)
It began with one simple question. “Can you tutor algebra 2?” former AHS principal Larry Sparks asked. “Of course” was the reply. Twelve years and hundreds of students later, AHS’s popular Student Assistance Center (SAC) program continues.
What is SAC? It’s an academic tutorial program, supporting mainstream education students who are struggling academically. Located off the library wing in C106, SAC provides a nurturing environment that reinforces academic subjects, good study skills, organizational techniques and time management skills. Positive behavior is continually reinforced and praised.
Who attends SAC? Last year, over 100 students accessed the SAC. The SAC assists students at all grade levels, with the majority of students coming from the freshmen and sophomore classes.
Can a student ‘drop in’ to SAC for help? Absolutely! A student can self refer and drop in as needed. Some students are referred to the program by their counselor or parent and then attend on a regularly scheduled basis. Some students need short term assistance; while with others need a more long term approach.
Do students miss class to attend SAC? Student participation is voluntary and does not require missed class time. Students attend during their study hall or café resource periods.
Do students get a grade? Powerschool (PS) identifies the SAC as a period 9 class. A pass or withdrawal (P/W) grade, along with a personalized comment, is posted at quarter end. There is no credit for the course and the grade is not reflected in the students’ G.P.A.
When is the SAC open? The SAC is open fulltime on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The SAC is open on Monday and Friday when a tutor is available.
Who staffs the SAC? A longtime academic tutor, Ellen Pataska assists the students. Community volunteers who have expertise in certain academic areas volunteer on an as needed basis.
If your student would be interested in participating, please have them either stop by the SAC room or see their counselor for a referral.
For more information contact Ellen Pataska, email@example.com