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Upgrade Reading
658 Bair Island Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

Located in scenic Peninsula Marina and Office Park on Blair Island, Upgrade Reading provides a fun and interactiveMore program that is targeted at children who want to improve their reading skills. You can choose from one of their classes or elect for private tutoring. One of the unique aspects of this program is that lessons  are personally designed around each child's interests. Through the one-on-one interactive tutoring sessions each child will work on reaching their individual potential and in the process increase their self esteem. It also offers a cognitive enhancement program, sound therapy and yoga classes.

Upgrade Reading provides free 15-minute phone consultation sessions.


Fair Oaks Elementary School
2950 Fair Oaks Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

Fair Oaks School is a K-5 school highly focused on its language arts program. The goal of the program is to make sureMore all third graders are reading at the third grade level when the school year is over. A Reading Recovery specialist and a Johns Hopkins University program have helped achieve a vast improvement. The school received the Golden Bell Award for this particular program.

Over 40 volunteers with the tutoring program plus six AmeriCorps tutors have contributed to this success. A central part of the program is 90 minutes of uninterrupted daily reading. Starting in first grade, children are grouped by reading level, allowing teachers to work with students all in similar reading levels. Teachers assess students every eight weeks to determine if additional support from tutors or families is needed. These students are all able to receive one-on-one training if necessary. 

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