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Year Published: 2013
An evaluation that matched participants in the Beyond the Bell program—a comprehensive afterschool program serving close to 180,000 students in more than 600 schools—with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s school population, comparing a variety of demographic characteristics, including gender, ethnicity, grade level, socioeconomic status, and English language learner status. Key findings indicate that participation in the Beyond the Bell program provided students more significant gains in standardized test scores in English language arts and math when compared to students who did not participate in the program.
Program Name: Beyond the Bell
Program Description: Beyond the Bell is a comprehensive afterschool program that serves 178,492 K-12 students daily, providing them with academic assistance, academic enrichment, social services, cultural and recreational programs, and more. Beyond the Bell programs are offered in more than 600 schools in the Los Angeles area.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool, Before school
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Ninety percent of participants represented underserved ethnicities (80 percent were Hispanic and 10 percent were African-American) and more than 50 percent were English language learners. Additionally, 45 percent of youth served were girls.
Program Website: http://btb.lausd.net/