For Families

Griffin School Partnerships provides opportunities for Williamsburg-James City County students to learn and grow.

  • Griffin Afterschool offers academic support and enrichment opportunities to middle school students at Berkeley, Hornsby, and Toano.
  • Griffin Mentoring provides an hour of one-to-one matched mentoring during lunch and recess/advisory each week to students at James River Elementary and Berkeley Middle School.

Further details and a link to the online application are included below. Applications received by September 13 will receive priority consideration.

Griffin Afterschool: Berkeley, Hornsby, and Toano Middle School Students Only

Trained W&M tutors offer academic support and lead group activities two afternoons each week at all three middle schools. Students are expected to attend both days each week. Snack is provided. 

Griffin Afterschool Schedule

  • Berkeley Middle School: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:05 - 5 p.m.
  • Hornsby Middle School: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:05 - 5 p.m.
  • Toano Middle School: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 -4:30 p.m.

In addition, Griffin Afterschool brings middle school students to W&M's campus three Saturdays each semester for enrichment programming. Students who attend afterschool tutoring regularly are eligible to attend enrichment programs. Lunch and transportation in WJCC school buses are provided. In the fall, Griffin Afterschool offers College Day, an opportunity for middle schools students and their families to learn about the college experience.

Fall 2017 Enrichment Program Schedule

  • October 7, noon - 3 p.m.: Enrichment program
  • October 28, noon - 3 p.m.: Enrichment program
  • November 11, full-day: College Day 

BMS Griffin Afterschool Application

HMS Griffin Afterschool Application

TMS Griffin Afterschool Application

Griffin Mentoring: Berkeley Middle School and James River Elementary 2nd & 3rd Grade Students Only

Each student selected for participation will be matched with a W&M mentor for the 2017-18 academic year. Pairs will meet for 45-60 minutes each week during lunch and recess/advisory from late September – April (while W&M classes are in session). Mentoring will take place during the school day and will not interrupt instruction. All mentors are screened through an application and interview process, which includes a sex offender registry check.

How does mentoring help? Research from the Search Institute and other youth development experts shows that having multiple close relationships with caring adults helps young people:

  • become actively engaged in their schools and communities
  • form positive relationships with peers, teachers, and family members
  • value school and feel like they belong
  • develop strong academic motivation and success

Applicants will be informed by late September whether they have been matched with a mentor.

BMS Griffin Mentoring Application

JRE Griffin Mentoring Application

Griffin School Partnerships members also volunteer in classrooms at the following schools:

  • Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School
  • Hornsby Middle School
  • Matthew Whaley Elementary School
  • Warhill High School

Keep an eye out for William & Mary students the next time you visit your child's school!