Typical Daily Schedule and Curriculum

Our students attend our program twice a week for two hours each day, either on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. The first day they attend (Monday or Tuesday), is called “Enrichment Day.” Often students will have an enrichment activity at the beginning or end of the session after working on homework or preparing for tests.

The second day our students come (Wednesday or Thursday) is “Tutor Day,” when our volunteer tutors from Stanford University or a local high school (Paly, Gunn, or private schools) are paired one-on-one with our students. Tutors help our students check Schoology and Infinite Campus to ensure they know what their assignments and tests are; help them set goals and learn study skills; and help them with homework and academic content. Tutors and students also participate in interactive games and activities that help them build a trusting relationship and practice their math and language arts skills.


Typical Program Schedule

Class 1:  Monday/Wednesday 4:00 to 6:00 pm (sixth through eighth grades)

Class 2:  Monday/Wednesday 4:00 to 6:00 pm (sixth through eighth grades)

Class 3:  Monday/Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 pm (sixth through eighth grades)

Class 4:  Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 pm (sixth through eighth grades)

(Sample times based on earlier class)

4:00 - 4:15:  Check in; Binder Reminder Check and Study Plan 

  • Students sign in and present a completed Binder Reminder (student planner) that shows assignments, upcoming tests, and due dates.

  • Students write down a Study Plan for the session in terms of what homework to do in what order: “Before Snack” and “After Snack,” allotting a reasonable amount of time for each assignment.

4:15 - 4:50:  Homework Session 1:  HARDEST SUBJECT FIRST!  

  • Students choose their hardest subject or assignment and tackle that FIRST.   

  • When students finish their homework, they log on to Schoology to see what work should be a priority to get a head start on. Tutors help students prepare for tests, do extra practice activities and games, edit writing assignments, and complete other schoolwork.

4:50 - 5:00:  SNACK break:  Student and tutors enjoy a snack together

5:00 - 5:50:  Homework Session II/Enrichment Activity.  Students continue to work on homework or academic preparation. At least twice a month we will have an enrichment activity or guest speaker during the last 20-30 mins of class. Some days students and tutors play math or word games to practice core skills and get a break from their schoolwork.

5:50 - 6:00:  Clean up and Dismissal:  Students throw away their trash and return materials to the front of the classroom.  Parents are required to come check out their students at the end of class.

6:00 - 6:20:  Tutor Debrief (Every other week): DreamCatchers staff will lead a short lesson about a particular skill or topic or have tutors share challenges and potential solutions for working with their students.