In 1972, seeing the need for making effective methods available so more people could learn how to learn, Applied Scholastics International, a non-profit, secular group, was formed in Los Angeles.
Over the years, it has expanded to more than 300 community organizations and schools, with affiliated offices in Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Australia, Malaysia, China and Russia.
At the President’s Summit for America’s Future, Applied Scholastics pledged to train an additional 10,000 tutors to help an additional 200,000 children by the year 2000. Those attending the Summit included (from left) General and Mrs. Colin Powell, Barbara Bush, John Travolta, George Bush, Church of Scientology International executive Karen Hollander and LAPD Lieutenant Ron Sanchez.
Headquartered in Hollywood, Applied Scholastics and its affiliated groups around the world have to date provided vital educational skills to more than 3 million children and adults. And the success stories and recognitions have poured in from those on the programs and those who have seen their results.
Take the case of Nairobi Davis, who grew up in Lynwood. A few years ago, while in fifth grade, she was labeled “learning disabled” and her parents were told she would probably not graduate from elementary school. She went to the Compton Literacy Project, an Applied Scholastics-licensed tutoring center which is part of the World Literacy Crusade, founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by a Baptist minister, the Rev. Alfreddie Johnson. (See “Gospel Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King.”)
Now in the eighth grade, Nairobi reads at her grade level and has been informed by teachers that she is one of the best students in the school. She is already making plans for college and a career. “Before, I didn’t want to go to school,” she said. “Now, I understand and feel good about school. I have learned better methods of study. This program has helped me have a better life and I am very happy.”