Every child deserves a quality education, and our entire community benefits when that is the case.
LYTE's MISSION is to lead low-income middle school students to top performing Delaware high schools and then colleges, through personal mentoring, rigorous teaching, and leadership skills.
LYTE was created as an after school program in 2013 by Mr. Ankur Arya, an alumnus of Teach For America and a math teacher at Thomas Edison Charter School, a Title I school. Mr. Arya had to overcome great challenges to graduate from the rigorous Episcopal Academy High School and Haverford College, because he had graduated from an overcrowded and under-resourced Title I middle school. When Mr. Arya began teaching at Thomas Edison, he saw that many bright and capable students were not going to Delaware's top high schools, because they were not being adequately prepared to be admitted to and succeed at the top high schools. Since 2013, LYTE has helped students from 5 Title I middle schools ("LYTE Scholars") get admitted to and succeed at Delaware's top performing high schools, and, as of this year, LYTE Scholars are getting into great colleges!
During the Fall Program, 8th grade LYTE Scholars get 8 hours a week of after school instruction in math, writing and language arts to prepare them for high school admission tests as well as for the rigorous curriculum of top performing high schools (public, private and parochial). The LYTE Scholars and their families receive counseling on the best high school options and assistance with the entire admissions process (e.g., visits, testing, and financial assistance, where applicable).
During the Summer Program, incoming 8th and 9th grade LYTE Scholars meet for five weeks. They recieve instruction and complete coursework in math and language arts that: (1) prepare the incoming 8th grade Scholars for high school entrance exams and eighth grade classes in the fall; AND (2) prepare the incoming 9th grade Scholars for rigorous high school courses in the fall.
Other: * The LYTE's Scholars' must keep up their attendance and their GPA to remain in the program, due to the importance of mastery of the material covered and its relation to high school success.
LYTE Scholars often attend high schools that are different from their middle school in academic rigor, demographics, culture and setting. LYTE continues to provide academic and social support to its high school Scholars to ensure their success. LYTE has a full-time student advocate who visits the LYTE Scholars in their various high schools to check in with them and to assist them with any challenge. LYTE helps its Scholars access SAT and ACT Programs. Further, LYTE has formed partnerships with organizations that assist LYTE's high school Scholars in the entire college admission, selection and financial assistance process.
HOW LYTE WILL USE A COMMUNITY THRIVES FUNDING
LYTE provides its program and related assistance at NO COST to its Scholars, AND with a very small staff of one Executive Director who is also a teacher, one Program Director who is also a teacher, and one high school advocate. Funds from this A Community Thrives Campaign will help LYTE continue to grow in a sustainable manner and ensure that even more students from low-income schools get the quality education that they deserve!
CHECK OUT LYTE'S WEBSITE & OTHER MATERIALS ON THIS CAMPAIGN PAGE TO SEE HOW LYTE IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF ITS SCHOLARS AND IMPROVING OUR COMMUNITY--AS WELL AS WHY LYTE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
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