The ACE Academy
is a culture-rich reading and creative arts after school program for 1st through 5th grade students located at two housing communities in southern Montgomery County – Essex House in Takoma Park and Park Montgomery in Silver Spring.
This unique program addresses the needs of a growing population of African and immigrant families with a focus on writing, reading fluency, comprehension, and English language learning.
ACE Academy participants will discover new ways of connecting with their former and adopted cultures through a variety of art enrichment experiences including participation in classes in West African drumming and dance, storytelling and music.
ACE Academy partners include: Montgomery Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Carpe Diem Arts, Community Preservation and Development Corporation, African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, Montgomery Knolls Elementary, Pine Crest Elementary, Piney Branch Elementary, and Takoma Park Elementary.
During FY16, the program had a 91% attendance rate, 83% of students were emerging or on track in the Voyager reading program, and 78% of
participant’s parents attended at least one event during the year.