The response from the student body has been positive, said Hall, who added that many of her tutoring sessions often end the same way.
“A lot of times, students will just look at me and say, ‘Thank you so much. I really needed this,’” she said. “For the most part, students know this is a place where they can feel comfortable and be tutored by a student who was in the same position they’re in.”
English/language arts and science are in the most demand. And this year the center has started offering the school’s 2,500 students SAT and ACT prep sessions, led by tutors who have scored well on those exams. Tutors hope the new courses will increase the number of people seeking support.
“In 2018, we had 4,315 appointments; in 2019, it was 4,309,” said senior Emily Collins, a tutor for AP environmental science, AP world history and U.S. history. “So far this year, we’ve already had 1,500. Our goal is to have 5,000 appointments.”
Tutors also aim to extend the WING concept and set up similar programs in other county high schools as well as feeder schools. In September, a peer tutoring center opened at Cherokee High.
“Our goal now is to expand centers like this to our other sister schools,” said senior Laurel O’Brien.
Information about Etowah High is online at cherokee12.net/etowahhs.
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