This mixed-methods study of 157 disadvantaged African-American students and six teachers investigated the effectiveness of an after-school tutoring program in improving students' grades. The reading, English language arts and mathematics grades of student participants were compared using independent t-tests and analysis of variance. The grades of participants were also compared to corresponding grades of non-participants. Results showed significant benefits in all areas. The author asserts that there exists a better way to educate African-American students and assure greater academic success.