Fort Dodge Community School District

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Program Information

Two girls coloring at lunchroom tableGoals & Objectives: Dodger Academy is a comprehensive academic enrichment program which serves kindergarten through 4th grade students from around the district after the regular school day. The primary mission of the program is to provide a safe after school program supporting working families, emphasizing the improvement of math and reading scores and encouraging student success.

Our goals are:

  • K-4 grade students demonstrate reasonable progress in math by being grade level proficient in this area
  • K-4 grade students demonstrate reasonable progress in reading by reading at grade level or above
  • K-4 grade students complete their homework to their teachers' satisfaction

Typical Day: A typical day consists of a snack provided by the USDA, the Power Hour and enrichment activities. During the Power Hour students receive homework assistance as well as participate in math and reading enrichment activities. All activities are research based and linked to what the students are learning during the regular school day. Once the Power Hour is complete, students participate in a variety of academic, enrichment, cultural and recreational activities. Many of these activities are provided in collaboration with our community partners. 

Program Outcomes: Test scores show that Dodger Academy has made a difference in student achievement. Based on data from the spring 2017 Iowa Assessments:

Reading Proficiency          

3rd Grade Dodger Academy - 75%

3rd Grade District - 63.1%             

4th Grade Dodger Academy - 66.7%

4th Grade District - 66.4%

Math Proficiency       

3rd Grade Dodger Academy - 75%

3rd Grade District - 58.6%

4th Grade Dodger Academy - 77.8%

4th Grade District - 64.1%

88% of the students who participated in Dodger Academy last year did not receive any behavior referrals.

88% of the students who participated in Dodger Academy last year were at no risk for attendance problems as they attended 97+% of school days.

Dodger Academy (formerly BLAST) has been in place in the district for over 10 years. Based off our outcome data the program has been successful both in raising the academic bar for students and in supporting working families in our community. The enrichment activities give students access to experiences they might not otherwise have, building the background knowledge they bring to their learning. 

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