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Funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant administered through the Texas Education Agency to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, CISNT ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) after school programs help students:
- Meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math
- Offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs
- Offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children
The goal of all ACE programs is to improve academics, improve attendance, improve behavior, improve promotion (to the next grade level) rates and improve graduation rates. Simply put, this program provides hours that add up to additional days of academic enrichment for the student each year and places the student in a safe and healthy environment protected from many risk factors that derail students between the end of the school day and the time their parents return home.
CISNT operates ACE Programs in Denton ISD, Lewisville ISD and Little Elm ISD. These programs enroll a minimum of 100 students on each campus to participate in at least 15 hours of after school and Saturday activities weekly. Each day, students receive a snack while they settle in to complete their homework. Following homework completion, students rotate through academic and enrichment activities based on the following themes.
Students of all ages can prepare for their future by exploring math concepts and financial literacy in fun and exciting ways. Math is made relevant for students through the use of a wide variety of manipulatives, interactive math games and hands‐on activities specifically designed to correlate with TEKS. The use of Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking curriculum will guide students as they explore critical personal finance topics such as budgeting, maintaining good credit, how to afford higher education and many other real world topics. These activities will add an excitement and enthusiasm for math not seen through traditional curriculum.
Bring on the books…bring on the fun!
These interactive activities provide a wide array of literacy experiences to promote a life‐long love of reading. Mastery of grade level TEKS objectives and personal character building will be the focus of this club through meaningful and personally relevant activities. Uniquely designed, age appropriate book clubs will focus on pre‐reading foundations, emergent literacy activities, improved reading comprehension and vocabulary development through activities such as studies of authors and illustrators, exploration of curriculum focused themes, and characterization study.
Spreading the Word
The joy of writing will come alive through creative literacy experiences designed with students in mind. Newsletters, magazines, poetry, story writing, plays, and narratives will serve as the foundation for a wealth of engaging literacy experience. Students will be encouraged to use unique and interactive forms of age appropriate writing as a means of communicating ideas, sharing experiences, exploring creativity and interpreting information. TEKS writing objectives have never been this much fun!
Exploration…unlocking the mystery of science and technology.
With these activities students are engaged in hands on science and technology experiences that promote critical thinking, creativity, imagination, prediction, problem solving and higher level thinking skills. TEKS objectives will merge with real world application using fun and motivating activities that will leave students eager for more. 21st century technology, Lego Labs, robotics and other interactive materials for exploration of science, math, social studies and beyond will assist students of all ages in building a solid foundation for future educational experiences, job possibilities and life skills.
Around the World
From historical events to thinking green, Around the World will journey through social studies and environmental awareness in a whole new way. Science, math, history, poetry, creative writing, consumer economics, citizenship and beyond will be incorporated into meaningful, interactive activities that address core TEKS objectives. Students will have the opportunity to experience both indoor and outdoor activities on their quest for global awareness. Technology will be utilized to relive history and delve into the future. Literature will be incorporated to expand social horizons. This club will open up a world of possibilities for social studies and global awareness!
Look Out World!
Creativity and imagination abound in Look Out World. Through art, dance, music and theatrical experiences students will explore the world of fine arts and express themselves through meaningful outlets. This innovatively designed club will allow students to master the fine arts TEKS objectives in unique and personally relevant ways all the while having loads of fun! Look out world…this is where stars are born!
Communities In Schools of North Texas is in partnership with Mindwork Resources to provide students with a TEKS aligned and school-day complimentary academic enrichment experience.