Watch our 2016 Rising Readers Video: 



Rising Readers began June 22! This free six-week summer literacy program for CMS students in grades K-3 helps English-Language Learners (ELLs) maintain and even improve their reading, writing and speaking skills over the summer break. This year, 424 students have registered for the program, each of whom will receive small group tutoring. Last year, 96.14% of our students maintained or improved their literacy skills, with 56% of the students jumping to a higher reading level by the end of the program. The program will be held at the following CMS schools from June 22 through July 27:

• Montclaire
• J.H. Gunn
• Lawrence Orr
• Briarwood
• Nathaniel Alexander
• Pineville

Many thanks to the following program partners who are helping to fund this important initiative: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County, Belk Foundation, Wells Fargo, Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Rotary Club of North Charlotte, Sarah Belk Gambrell, and Snyders Lance.


Bridging the Summer Gap

International House’s Rising Readers program allows students to participate in engaging small group literacy and Science enrichment instruction that assists in the maintenance of critical literacy skills that could be lost over the summer months. Moreover, our caring staff help students build the essential social skills necessary in achieving academic success. Rising Readers participants receive transportation, meals, book bags, books, and school supplies at no cost to students and their families.

Students Learn, Instructors Learn & Earn

Our tutors and lead teachers share a passion for creating rich learning environments. Our tutors work collaboratively with their peers, and develop mentor relationships. Lead Teachers are employed with CMS during the regular school year; they supervise and serve as mentors for tutors.

The Rising Readers Program is proud to offer professional development workshops for all tutors. These unique learning opportunities are conducted by ELL professionals that work either for CMS or teach at local colleges and universities.

Our video and the following article by The Charlotte Observer convey a recent Rising Readers experience: