B.A.R.K. (Bulldogs Apply Real-world Knowledge)

The Sierra Linda B.A.R.K. program gives students opportunities to improve their academic abilities while learning new, fun, and exciting skills. Our focus is on offering STEAM- and STEM-based youth development activities, enriching students' math and reading skills, and incorporating family engagement events.

Be sure to check out the program guide in the sidebar of this page to see our courses this quarter! Courses will update throughout the year. Register online using the link in the sidebar.

We also are offering ESL classes to parents of students in the program. Space is limited, so register now!

Updates

The BARK Program is back for a second semester! We have some exciting new courses this semester in addition to those that we offered last semester. The class is currently full; if you have an interest in signing up for fall ESL classes, email Courtney Moss.

Fun and exciting after-school projects and activities continue to fill our BARK program. Here are some examples of the things students have done this semester:

  • In macrame, students chose their favorite design and created beautiful woven wall art.
  • In geometry, students designed their dream first home/apartment and then created a 3D replica of that home.
  • In BARK Kitchen, students made a Valentine's Day cake.
  • In our extended library hours, students took time to meet with their friends, check out books, and study.

BARK summer registration is currently taking place! If you are interested, please register using the link on the sidebar. The course descriptions are available in the BARK summer program guide.

The BARK summer schedule will run as follows:

  • 7:30–8:15 a.m.: Class 1
  • 8:15–8:30 a.m.: Break and Transition
  • 8:30–9:15 a.m.: Class 2
  • 9:15–9:30 a.m.: Break and Transition
  • 9:30–10:15 a.m.: Class 3
  • 10:15–10:45 a.m.: Lunch
  • 10:45–11:30 a.m.: Class 4

Class schedules will be distributed the first day of the program on June 6. Remember, the program runs Monday through Thursday from June 6 to June 23. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Moss, our program coordinator.

Program Objectives

Academic Objectives

  • 1.1 Math
    By the end of each program year, 25% of ninth- and tenth-grade students who attend SLHS B.A.R.K. program thirty days or more will improve in math at least 10% as evidenced by report cards and/or district-approved benchmark testing.
  • 1.2 Reading/ELA
    By the end of each program year, 25% of ninth- and tenth-grade students who attend SLHS B.A.R.K. program thirty days or more will improve in ELA at least 10% as evidenced by report cards and/or district-approved benchmark testing.

Youth Development Objective

  • 2.1 Youth Development
    By the end of each program year, 75% of SLHS B.A.R.K. program thirty-day attendees will have a more positive feeling toward school and/or feel more connected to other students, faculty, and staff as evidenced by an online student survey.

Family Engagement Objective

  • 3.1 Family Engagement
    By the end of each program year, 50% of adult family members of SLHS B.A.R.K. program regular attendees will attend one or more family engagement events during the course of the year as measured by event sign in sheets.

BARK Program Results: Year 1

We have just completed our first year of the BARK Program with great success! Check out our statistics:

  • 83% of respondents stated the BARK program made them feel very connected to staff, other students, and the school as a whole. (100% of respondents said the program made them feel somewhat connected or very connected.)
  • 81% of respondents stated that they liked school more because of their involvement in the BARK program. (100% of respondents said that they felt the same or better toward school after being in the program.)
  • 90.5% of respondents stated that they noticed an academic improvement because of their involvement in the BARK program.
  • 96% of respondents stated that they intended on participating in the program again.

About this Program

Nita M Lowey 21st CCLC Program

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Title IV-B afterschool program is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information visit the 21st CCLC website.

El programa Nita M. Lowey del Siglo 21 Centros Comunitarios de Aprendizaje (21st CCLC) del Título IV-B programa después del horario escolar está financiado por una subvención federal del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos y administrado por el Departamento de Educación de Arizona. Para obtener más información visite 21st CCLC.