“Instead of buying individual boards at $5 to $10 a board, we bought shower boards from Home Depot,” Phillips said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Held usually on the second or third Saturday of the month, the academy usually draws about 100 students, sometimes more. Children receive extra instructional time and can go to the computer lab to participate in tutorial programs. When parents attend, teachers instruct them on how to help children with their homework. Teachers also explain what the state standards are and what they mean, Phillips said. “We talk about how to address standards in parent language as opposed to educational jargon. We teach them how to prepare children for testing,” Phillips said. “With the Latino parents, we take them into the computer lab and show them Web sites that will translate things from English to Spanish and vice versa.” To promote the program, teachers and parents sold craft work and jewelry Saturday at a holiday boutique. In addition, a parent who owns a construction company brought in a work crew to make small dry-erase white boards out of big sheets of shower boards for the school’s 1,100 students. PALMDALE – Chaparral School has been holding classes on Saturdays once a month for three years, and the hard work has raised the school’s academic performance. Saturday Academy is for students who are struggling academically in the classroom and on homework. It is also for parents who want to help their children. “It’s additional help for everyone,” Principal Terry Phillips said. The school’s Academic Performance Index scores have been increasing steadily – from 629 in 2002, to 640 in 2003, to 687 in 2004 and to 697 this year.