The Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program is one of the largest statewide afterschool programs in the country.
The ACE program is administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is funded by a three-year grant through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative of the U.S. Department of Education.
Texas ACE© has four basic program requirements:
- Tutorials for students after school;
- Enrichment activities for students to explore science, technology, and the arts;
- Activities and training that help families support their students to be successful at school; &
- Guidance and field trips that help students and their families access information about college and careers.
The overarching goal of the program is to foster each student’s academic success by improving attendance, behavior, and academics which lead to grade level promotion.
Bastrop ISD’s grant application calls for opening a Texas ACE© at Bluebonnet Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, Lost Pines Elementary, Emile Elementary, Mina Elementary, Red Rock Elementary, Bastrop Intermediate, Cedar Creek Intermediate, Bastrop Middle School, and Cedar Creek Middle School for a total of ten sites.
A full-time, certified teacher will serve as the site coordinator for each center and will collaborate with the campus principal, instructional coaches, and the teachers of students enrolled in the program to ensure that academic and enrichment programming is tailored to meet students’ unique needs.
All academic tutoring will be done by certified teachers as well.
We're proud to offer this program to our students. It will help achieve one of the district's core goals this year, which is strengthening academic success.