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Schools & Mentees

AOK volunteers who meet one-on-one with a student begin mentoring in elementary school.  As the child progresses to middle school, AOK will coordinate with the applicable middle school to continue the tutoring relationship if it is desired by the student and the volunteer. 

Do you know an elementary-aged student who's in need of a tutor? Let us know! Please email us at

Want to get involved?

- Volunteers click here for more information.

- If you know a student who would benefit from a mentor-tutor, please email us at to refer them.


As of December 2022* AOK had informal partnerships with the following schools:

Atholton ES

Atholton HS

Bryant Woods ES

Bushy Park ES

Clemens' Crossing ES

Dayton Oaks ES

Deep Run ES

Folly Quarter MS

Guilford ES

Harpers Choice MS

Ilchester ES

Longfellow ES

Manor Woods ES

Patuxent Valley MS

Phelps Luck ES

Running Brook ES

Stevens Forest ES

Swansfield ES

Veterans ES

Waterloo ES

Wilde Lake MS


In addition to one-on-one support of a student, some AOK volunteers are active in out of school programs and others are active in classrooms. The first two programs take place directly after school, generally between 3 – 6 p.m., and focus on academics.  Enrichment activities are also provided. The Saturday Math Academy takes place from 9 – 12 a.m.  Professional staff is present at all three programs. 

  • Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP): Although the BSAP was established to help black students to achieve at as high a level academically as the student body at large, students of any race, who need additional academic support, can participate. 

  • Bridges Across Howard County: This federally funded program has after-school learning centers in 18 schools. 

  • BSAP Saturday Math Academy (SMA): This program was established to accelerate academic achievement in mathematics for students at all performance levels. 

Some AOK volunteers also support entire classrooms at various schools, making sure to help the teachers and students succeed. 

Other AOK volunteers meet with their mentees on Zoom which allows those who work to still be part of AOK, and those students who have busy school days to still participate. Zoom mentoring is also one of the only opportunities for mentees and mentors to continue meeting through summer. From 2023-2024, the Zoom mentoring program is supported and advertised by the Howard County government as part of the YEP! grant funding.

In 2019, AOK expanded to begin serving select Head Start students with additional, trustworthy adult support for the classrooms. That program has not picked up since the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you know a student who would benefit from a mentor-tutor, please email us at to refer them.

* Please note that partner schools may change from year to year.

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