For Families

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

  • Griffin After-School 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 details on each of these programs is provided below.

Griffin After-School: Berkeley Middle School, Hornsby Middle School, and Toano Middle School

William & Mary tutors offer academic support and lead group activities two afternoons each week at all three middle schools while the College is in session. Students are expected to attend both days each week. Snack is provided. 

Griffin After-School Schedule

  • Berkeley Middle School: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:05pm - 5:00pm
  • Hornsby Middle School: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:05pm - 5:00pm
  • Toano Middle School: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

In addition, Griffin After-School brings middle school students to W&M's campus three Saturdays each semester for enrichment programming. Students who attend after-school tutoring regularly are eligible to attend enrichment programs. Lunch and transportation in WJCC school buses are provided. In the fall, Griffin After-School also offers College Day, an opportunity for middle schools students and their families to learn about the college experience. In the spring, as a celebration of the student's hard work in the program, Griffin After-school students may participate in Big Trip. Big Trip is an exciting full-day field trip to somewhere outside of the WJCC area. Previous trips have been to D.C., Monticello, and the Virginia Aquarium.

Spring 2019 Enrichment Program Schedule

  • Saturday, February 23 11am-3pm: Enrichment Program
  • Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm:   Enrichment Program
  • Saruday, April 13th: Big Trip

WJCC students seeking to join the GSP After-School program should speak to their school guidance counselor for information on applications, deadlines, and more program logistics. Parents interested in enrolling their students should contact the Education Programs Coordinator at (757) 221-2738.

Griffin Mentoring: Berkeley Middle School and James River Elementary

Each student selected for participation will be matched with a W&M mentor for the 2018-2019 school year. Pairs will meet for 45-60 minutes each week during lunch and/or recess/advisory periods and will not interrupt classroom 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

WJCC students seeking to join the GSP Mentoring program should speak to their school guidance counselor for information on applications, deadlines, and more program logistics.

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!