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ELEVATE is a comprehensive after-school program for Old Orchard and McKinley students, helping students and their families:

  • Improve literacy and math performance 
  • Increase engagement in education and enrichment activities
  • Become empowered by using leadership skills within the program and the broader community

ELEVATE provides a safe, nurturing environment that offers:

  • Literacy and math tutoring and enrichment
  • Guided homework assistance
  • Social and emotional development
  • Arts enrichment
  • Health
  • Recreation

Parents work collaboratively with staff to lead and plan quarterly family/stakeholder engagement activities.

Center of Hope Family Services


  ELEVATE Students Statewide Average
Increased reading performance 50%     30%
Increased math performance 56%     31%
Attendance rate 74%     20%

2015 Program Results:

  • Student attendance rate was 74%
  • 50% of students increased their reading test scores, compared to the state average of 30% for 21stCentury Community Learning Centers
  • 56% of students increased their math test scores, compared to the state average of 31% for 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • 53% of students scored at or above acceptable performance in reading
  • 98% of students scored at or above acceptable performance in math

In addition, ELEVATE helps reduce summer learning loss
From spring 2015 to fall 2015
60% of returning students improved in reading or math
40% improved in both

During the 2013-2014 school year, ELEVATE participants demonstrated an average gain of over 1.5 months in reading and nearly 2 months in math.

In 2013, CHFS formed a partnership with the Toledo Public Schools to provide tutoring and extended learning opportunities Old Orchard Elementary School students. Despite the program being implemented at the end of the school year when burn out and disengagement are likely, COH achieved the following outcomes:

  • 62.5% of students improved raw scores during the program
  • 12% of students improved their DIBELS classifications

During the 2014-2015 school year, independent third-party evaluation results report that

  • Over half of students performed at or above acceptable performance in reading
  • 98% scored at or above acceptable performance in math

ELEVATE partners

Toledo Public Schools
WSOS Community Action Planning Agency
Art Therapy provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Social/emotional development and STEM programs offered by Boy/Girl Scouts
Nutrition/health education provided by ProMedica Health Systems and The Ohio State Extension Program.

ELEVATE receives funds from the Lucas County Commissioners, who support weekend meals to reduce food insecurity among participants. Daily meals are provided by Feed Lucas County Children.

ELEVATE Support Materials

2014-2015 Evaluation Brief
2014-2015 Program Evaluation
2014-2015 Mid Year Evaluation Report