The results of the program have been outstanding. One teacher says: “Adopt A Class gives students a chance to interact with professionals who value what education has afforded them. This has had a significant impact on students’ attitudes toward learning.” Other benefits to students include improved written and verbal communication skills, and improved attendance.
Results from the 2012-2013 Teacher Survey speak to the impact of Adopt A Class on students and on the schools:
- 95% of teachers report that Adopt A Class has a positive impact on students’ social skills.
- 90% of teachers report that AAC has a positive impact on students’ writing.
- 63% of teachers report that AAC has a positive impact on students’ school attendance.
- 66% of teachers report that their Adopting Company has contributed to their classroom by providing books, school supplies, or other classroom materials.
- 96% of teachers would recommend the AAC program to a teacher at another school.
Results from the 2012-2013 Adopter Survey speak to the impact of the Adopt A Class program on the business community:
- 94% of Adopters report that participating in Adopt A Class has been a positive team-building experience for their business or community group.
- 88% of Adopters report that Adopt A Class has helped to increase company morale.
- 93% of Adopters report that Adopt A Class has helped to give them insight into the issues urban schoolchildren face daily.
- 99% of Adopters would recommend Adopt A Class to another company.
Adopt A Class is not a one-year solution to a complex problem. It is an ongoing, year after year process. Adopt A Class will continue to be in the school for as long as the school is interested in being involved in the program. Therefore, it creates lasting relationships between business groups and schools. Currently, 200 business and community groups are serving over 7500 students in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Since its inception in 2003 the program has maintained a 95% Adopter retention level. In fact 24% of Adopters have increased their involvement by adopting additional classes.