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Community Engagement Programs

Tutor (at-risk &/or special needs)

Cactus High School


The mission of Cactus High School is to teach students to think critically, problem-solve effectively, and utilize technology proficiently in order to prepare them to meet the demands and expectations more


About the Internship


Interns will work alongside a teacher in a classroom setting to help students who are struggling academically and/or those with specific learning differences. Interns may engage in, but not limited to, small group instruction, one-on-one help, and other tasks determined by the teacher.

Population Served:

Cactus High School is a Title 1 school by the state of Arizona with 39% of its population on free and reduced lunch.  In addition, it services one of the highest population of Special Education Resource students in the Peoria District.   The populations CHS serves will provide an intern with an array of opportunities to work with various types of students with individual needs.  This internship is geared to those who are pursuing an educational degree in working with high school students with Intellectual  Disabilities, social and emotional disabilities, and those who are deemed at-risk.

Community Need:

Because the CHS community serves one of the highest number of special education students in the district, areas of need are working specifically with populations consisting of  high school students with social and emotional disabilities, and those who are deemed at-risk.   In addition, there are also students whose English is a second language.  WIth interns helping to tutor students academically, our students will be able to access the general curriculum and receive more one-on-one help to aide in their success.

Community Impact:

The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child," is true especially those who have learning differences.  By having interns help facilitate learning in a classroom and work closely with students who struggle, success for the students will increase.  Not only has research shown improvement in academics, but also in a student's confidence in oneself.  Through helping students overcome some learning obstacles, students are more willing to take risks because they will be able to see they can do what they thought they might not.  This makes a difference in our community by developing student potential and helping produce citizens.  At CHS, we try to instill in our students to be a part of something bigger than themselves; This is what these interns would be doing, giving back and building community.