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Third Grade Academy

 A Community-Directed Initiative with the Goal of Ensuring that Every Third Grader in Richmond Knows How to Read.


Vision Statement

The intent of the Third Grade Academy is to ensure that every child in the Richmond community reads at grade level by the end of third grade.

About TGA

The Third Grade Academy is a community-embedded “school without walls.”  Students choose one or more learning sites best suited to them, based on their interests.  The locations have included settings at local colleges, museums, theaters, the arboretum, and the public library.About


The Academy features full-day classes scheduled over a four-week period beginning in late June. Classes, limited to ten students are directed by highly trained teachers and an instructional assistant.  The standards-based curriculum is focused on reading and writing, with an eye toward skills assessed by the ISTEP+ exam. Results