About the Program
The ACE Scholars program is a 10-week intensive study program, during which the following skills are taught through explicit instruction:
Study skills & time management
High school knowledge / application process
Each season offers a new opportunity for our participants:
Fall and Spring – Academic enrichment, intensive study, golf skills
Summer – Summer camp internships, leadership positions, field trips, golf skills
Winter – Individualized tutoring, golf skills workshops at Chelsea Piers
Enrollment is targeted toward hard-working students (6th grade and up), from low-income backgrounds, with the intention of breaking the cycle of poverty.
In the spring of 2016, we served 15 students.
We expect to serve 20 students in the fall.
Our model is designed for growth, with an expected increase of 10 students per year, up to 50 students in total, within the next 5 years.
We fully expect a high percentage of our participants to gain acceptance to top high schools and colleges in the area.
This program uses an innovative model of students teaching students.
Outstanding high school students from the community to act as mentors and tutors for our middle school participants, thus making it cool to be smart.
These near-peer mentors offer guidance and support that touch the lives of our middle school participants in ways that adults could never reach.
High school students receive the added advantage of making a difference in the lives of others as they gain real teaching experience in a professional environment.
The following results were recording for our pilot program, in the spring of 2016:
49% – Average increase in Vocabulary Skills
78% – Average increase in High School Knowledge
0.2 points – Average increase in GPA (on a 4-point scale)
Acceptance to the following prestigious high schools:
Riverdale Country School
LaGuardia School of Music & Art
The Peddie School
Loyola ($26,000 scholarship)