• Children have to grow up really fast when they are living in a shelter...

    Brianna Audinett is a former student of School on Wheels. We met Brianna back in 2008 when she was chosen to represent School on Wheels students in Sweden at the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of a Child ceremony. Agnes Steven, Founder of School on Wheels, had been nominated for this award. This May Brianna graduated from high school, and we caught up with her to find out what she is up to and…

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  • 100% of students we surveyed said that having a School on Wheels tutor has helped them in school

    In December 2014 we surveyed our students and their parents to find out how our one-on-one tutoring was helping them. We received some great feedback, including every one of our students reporting that tutoring has helped them in school. Surveys were sent to students who had been tutored for at least 3 months and were currently attached to a volunteer. Students in 4th-12th grade filled out  a survey, and parents of students in all grades,…

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One-on-One Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is the cornerstone of our program. School on Wheels is the only organization whose volunteers go to their students—wherever they may be—to tutor them one-on-one for one hour a week. Our goal is to provide one-on-one tutoring services to thousands of homeless children throughout Southern California. To see where we tutor, you can view our location map here.

Better subject knowledge and improved academics: Tutors work with students to improve study habits and methods of organization. They help students complete homework and prepare for upcoming tests, quizzes and projects. They help them catch up and keep up in school, and show them the many educational and career paths available to them.

Increased self-esteem and self-confidence: Helping students feel better about themselves is important in forming new friendships, having a positive attitude towards school, and displaying less disruptive behavior in school.

A positive role model: Our students look up to their tutors and see them as examples of what they can be in their own lives. Just by being there every week, tutors teach students that they can do anything they put their minds to.

Academic Program

Our Academic Program for K-7 students provides complete, varied, easy-to-access and easy-to-use learning materials based on the Common Core State Standards to help School on Wheels tutors and students make the most effective use of their tutoring time.

We have created materials in language arts and math that include assessments, worksheets, and activities that are based on the California Content Standards.

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B.U.S. Program

Believe, Understand, Succeed provides education and career services to homeless youth from eighth through twelfth grade. The program aims to strengthen education, encourage earning a high school diploma, and motivate students to pursue a productive and stable future. Using worksheets and lesson plans, tutors guide their students through the high school graduation requirements and introduce them to the many opportunities that await them after graduating.

The B.U.S. program includes:
One-on-one tutoring, college/vocational school campus tours, motivational speakers, access to college and career fairs, after high school options, such as college, trade school, and AmeriCorps, Guidance with reviewing school transcripts and graduation requirements.

More about the B.U.S. Program


School on Wheels Digital Learning

Educate & mentor homeless children from anywhere

Digital Learning

School on Wheels provides online tutors to students who would otherwise be unreachable. Out-of-state tutors, tutors with disabilities and tutors who lack transportation also benefit from this program.

Digital Learning empowers School on Wheels tutors to harness the power of technology at their tutoring locations using computers, smartphones and tablets to better address the academic needs of more homeless students. Combined with traditional in-person tutoring methods, digital learning tools engage students in the learning process, fill in academic gaps for core subjects like Math and English Language Arts, and teach important 21st Century skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

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Brianna Audinett

former School on Wheels student and 2015 high school graduate

The Catherine McAuley Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Catherine McAuley. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1920, she left school at age 14 to help support her family. As an intelligent woman who saw how her lack of education impacted her, she was determined that the same fate would not happen to her children. Many people in the neighborhood never finished basic schooling. And no one in her family had ever gone to college until her children did.

The purpose of the Catherine McAuley Scholarship is to improve the life of a homeless child through education. Scholarships are available to break down any barriers that exist for homeless students in getting a quality education. This includes, but is not limited to, any level of college, trade schools, arts/music programs, educational summer programs, apprenticeships or enrichment classes. You may contribute to the Scholarship fund through our donation page by choosing the Catherine McAuley Scholarship from the menu.

Requirements:

To qualify you must be currently enrolled in tutoring with the School on Wheels program, OR previously enrolled in tutoring with the School on Wheels program within the past 3 years, OR previously enrolled in tutoring more than 3 years ago but now pursuing post-secondary education. All students must have been tutored for at least 3 months and be a student 18 years or younger.

Application Materials:

  • Completion of Application Form
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Letter of recommendation from a tutor, teacher, or employer
  • Current, unofficial school transcript and/or report card

Submissions:

Applications are usually reviewed on a quarterly basis and are due at the end of each of the following months: February, May, August, and November. If you are applying for entrance to a specific program or class with a deadline, please give the scholarship committee at least 3 weeks to make a decision. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship. Decisions are based on multiple factors, including the strength of the application, and how the money will be used.

Please address and mail application with all the required materials to:
School on Wheels, Inc.
Catherine McAuley Scholarship
3150 N. San Fernando Rd., Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Or submit electronically to:
scholarship [at] schoolonwheels.org


The Conrad R. Freund Scholarship

The Conrad R. Freund Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Karyn Freund-Pistole, in partnership with School on Wheels, to carry on her father’s lifetime commitment to providing affordable, accessible sports programs to children in need.

Conrad served for 28 years as the Chief Operations Officer for the LA 84 Foundation, an organization established to manage Southern California’s share of the 1984 Olympic Games surplus. During his tenure, the Foundation was ranked among the nation’s best, enabling them to make grants to over 1,200 organizations serving 4 million children. In addition, he was a founding Board Member of Kids in Sports, a Los Angeles charity dedicated to providing high quality, affordable sports opportunities to underserved youth.

Substantial evidence confirms that physical activity improves cognitive skills, mental alertness and academic achievement including grades and standardized test scores (www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth). Participating in sports also increases self-esteem, builds confidence, fosters teamwork and develops social skills.

The Conrad R. Freund Scholarship will provide homeless students with the opportunity to realize these life-enhancing benefits by providing them with the financial means necessary to participate in extra-curricular programs such as dance classes, gymnastics lessons and sports camps. Scholarship funds are designated to cover program fees and any required, but not provided, necessary equipment. You may contribute to the Scholarship fund through our donation page by choosing the Conrad R. Freund Scholarship from the menu.

Requirements

Applicants must be School on Wheels’ students either currently enrolled in tutoring OR previously enrolled within the past 3 years. All applicants must have been tutored for at least 3 months and be a student 18 years or younger.

Application Materials

  • Completion of Application Form
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Letter of recommendation from a tutor, teacher or employer
  • Current, unofficial school transcript and/or report card

Submissions

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and are due at the end of each of the following months: February, May, August and November. Please give the scholarship committee at least 3 weeks to make a decision. Submitting an application does not guarantee a scholarship. Decisions are based on multiple factors, including the strength of the application, and program costs.

Please mail applications with all the required materials to:
School on Wheels, Inc.
The Conrad R. Freund Scholarship
3150 N. San Fernando Rd., Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Or submit electronically to:
scholarship [at] schoolonwheels.org


Skid Row Learning Center

The School on Wheels Learning Center is situated in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of homeless children in Los Angeles (and perhaps the nation). This Center addresses critical and desperate needs that constitute important aspects of our work. It also provides convenient locations from which to train our volunteers and offer special workshops.

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Student Services

The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible.

We provide FREE services for children living in shelters, motels, cars, campgrounds, and on the street. (Unfortunately, we can not provide services to families who are in permanent housing or who are living doubled up with friends or extended family members.)

We offer the following for students experiencing homelessness:

  • Free one-on-one weekly, one hour tutoring with a trained volunteer tutor in six major counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Ventura
  • Backpacks and school supplies for each child signed up for tutoring
  • A toll-free number for students and families to keep in touch with us: (800-923-1100)
  • Assistance in entering school and help locating lost school records
  • Guidance for parents in educational matters for their children
  • Learning Center located in the heart of Skid Row

You can also download our Family Flyer (En Español) to help with families in need.

Additional County Resources for Families
(Information about resources and services can also be found by dialing 2-1-1 from any county)


Grow Your Mind: the School on Wheels Summer Program

Grow Your Mind

Keep your student learning all summer long!

Summer is a fun time for students, but when it comes to academic achievement, it’s also the time your student needs you the most. Recent studies suggest that summer breaks contribute to learning loss, and these gaps are exacerbated in the case of lower income and homeless students, who may lack resources to continue their education over the summer.

The School on Wheels Summer Program will help your student stay on target for the next school year. Designed to ‘fill in the gaps’ in student learning, the program combines assessments to identify areas of need with grade level assignments and digital learning initiatives. The program also encourages goal setting and cultivating a growth mindset, the belief that basic abilities can be developed through hard work and determination. You will find all of the resources here!

Read more about our 2015 Summer Program


Questions?
call us at (800) 923-1100