The Excel ACT Tutoring and Mentoring Program, coordinated by the offices of pre-college programs and the service-learning center at Calvin College, is available to high school students from the following public school districts: Grand Rapids (Central, Creston, Grand Rapids Montessori, Ottawa Hills and Union), Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, and Kentwood, as well as Potter's House Christian. Up to 40 high school students in each semester (fall and spring) from the designated schools will be able to participate in a five-week session in which Calvin students provide mentoring and tutoring assistance for the ACT.
The ACT tutoring program also can serve as an independent study course option designed to accommodate Calvin students’ needs for cross-cultural engagement credit. The course will entail the four components outlined in the course description and contract form (orientation, direct experience, reflection, and evaluation), as well as several assignments for discussion of the process of cross-cultural engagement, and its efficacy in bringing about a deeper understanding and appreciation for the breadth of culture in metropolitan Grand Rapids.
15-20 hours of contact with a student from a culture that differs from one's own, in a tutoring relationship, preparing the student to take the ACT test. During the tutoring relationship, efforts must be made to develop a relationship with the high school student that goes beyond tutoring and explores culture, faith traditions, family relationships, and food traditions to the mutual benefit of Calvin and the high school student. The high school student must be made aware of your CCE goals early on, and must agree to participate with you in this effort. Your tutoring relationship/commitment takes precedence over your need for CCE credit.