James Monroe Elementary School
The Focus Center has been working quietly behind the scenes in James Monroe Elementary (JME) for about 10 years.
More than 90% of James Monroe students live below the poverty line. Education experts identify poverty as the leading nonacademic factor in our nation's high school dropout crisis. According to the U.S Bureau of the Census, 19.4% of Norfolk residents live below the poverty line, compared to the national average of 10.9%. We believe that every student is a representative of their family and household and we aim to surround these students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and excel in life.
Our team of staff and interns connect these children and their families with a wide array of services: resources such as mentoring, tutoring, teacher classroom support, at-risk student case management, social support services, and parent engagement programs.
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