Out Of School

Out Of School

Coordinating high quality Out-Of-School time programs that have positive impacts on youth development.

Out Of School

  • Excel Beyond The Bell

    Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB): is a public-private partnership offering safe, quality and accessible out-of-school time programs, professional development, and support for providers. Together with the Montgomery County Recreation Department, Montgomery County Public Schools, and community-based organizations, our comprehensive middle school program has grown from serving three to eight middle schools since fall of 2010. Two elementary schools will be added in February 2017.

    Outcomes: During FY16, a total of 257 hours of programming were offered with 124 different class options. At least 87% of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with their program in terms of feeling a sense of belonging, having fun, and being safe, as well as having staff who were supportive, trustworthy and provided choice in their classes.

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  • Ace Academy

    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.

    Outcomes: 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.
  • Contact Us

    Sobolov, Lynn
    Deputy Director
    Extension 213


    Stroup, Kathy
    Project Director, ACE Academy
    Extension 216