Academic twists not a turn-off
After just four weeks of school, Learn4Life, Madera Unified’s new after school program, is exceeding the numbers logged last year by its predecessor, Club Yes. Positive reports from the schools and the increase in student participation mitigate the criticism leveled at Madera Unified School District administrators and trustees for taking control of its after-school program from the Madera County Office of Education, which operated Club Yes in MUSD schools.
Currently Madera Unified operates Learn4Life in all 19 of its elementary and middle schools. The MCOE continues to run Club Yes in nine schools in different parts of the county.
According to records supplied by Chief Academic Officer Robert Chavez, Madera Unified’s Learn4Life has an enrollment of 1,572 after one month of school. At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, the MCOE’s Club Yes enrollment was 1,398.
Chavez says that a major indicator of the success of the new program is the increase in numbers, particularly the middle school numbers...