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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs


Project Director:  Margaret Goodher
500 Elwood Road
Elwood, NJ 08217
Phone: 609-561-3868
Fax: 609-561-9541

County: Atlantic                 

Servicing School District:  Mullica Township and Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District

CLC Sites:  Mullica Township Middle School

Partners:  Oakcrest High School, House of Blues, Gillian Eyde Yoga

Serving Grade Level:  4-12

No. of Students to be Served:  175

No. of Adults to be Served: 65

Times of Service: Afterschool: 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM, Summer: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Academic and Community Enrichment (ACE) Institute represents a collaboration between Mullica Township School District, a disadvantaged rural, diverse elementary school district in partnership with their regional high school, Oakcrest High School.  The project consortium also includes the Southern Regional Initiative (SRI) of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in providing professional development, and serving on the ACE Institute Advisory Board.

In addition to being ethnically and culturally diverse, both Mullica Township School District and Oakcrest High School are relatively low-income, with Mullica Township Middle School housing 53% Free Lunch students and Oakcrest High School receiving Title I funds for 27% Free and Reduced Lunch students.  Economically disadvantaged students in these districts perform significantly lower than non-economically disadvantaged students based on state assessment data.  As evidenced on the NJ School Report Card, students in these districts exhibit an increasing number of behavioral problems. 

ACE offers comprehensive programs: academic instruction, tutoring, counseling, mentoring and character education, along with artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families such as family literacy activities, family math nights and parenting workshops.