School-based Programs

Some of our most significant partnerships in service-learning that allow the university to contribute most to the community are with local K-12 schools, both private and public. Through service-learning classes, our students have the privilege of working with schools in the Azusa Unified School District, private schools within the city of Azusa, and with neighboring cities and school districts. See what APU students are saying about their experiences in these programs.

College Headed and Mighty Proud (C.H.A.M.P.)

Each year, this nine-week program introduces the idea of college to 600 to 700 at-risk fourth graders from six local elementary schools. This program includes intensive small group work during the regular school day, a campus visit to APU, a graduation ceremony held in the Felix Event Center, opportunities for membership in the C.H.A.M.P. Alumni Association, and parent workshops about college. For more information, visit the C.H.A.M.P. site.

Cougar Pals

This year-long, one-on-one mentoring program pairs social work major students with at-risk sixth and seventh graders at Foothill Middle School, supporting them academically and providing encouragement for positive life goals and achievement.

Physical Education

In the past, APU students have designed and implemented theme-based field days for up to 200 fourth and fifth graders in local elementary schools. Currently, students provide all physical education classes for Sonrise Christian School, concluding the year with a theme-based field day on the school’s campus.

Teacher Assistant Program (T.A.P.)

Each semester, this 10-week program places approximately 100 upper-division liberal studies and teacher education majors in classrooms to serve as teachers' assistants. Students are currently serving in Azusa Unified School District as well as schools in the Covina Valley, Duarte, and Glendora school districts.