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Chester Community Charter School
Chester Community Charter School [CCCS], also known as Chester Community Charter, is a non-profit 501(C) public charter school in Chester, Pennsylvania, serving the Chester-Upland School District. The school provides full-day kindergarten through 8th grade. Students apply to attend and the school is open to students from the Delaware County and Philadelphia region. It describes itself as "dedicated to empowering students as learners through the development of a learning community". The school is governed by a six-member board of directors. The administration consists of a CEO, a deputy superintendent, a chief financial officer, and a principal at each school building. CCCS operates two campuses; one located in Chester City, known as the East Campus and one located in Chester Township, known as the West Campus. Each campus contains multiple newly constructed school buildings. The school is a federally designated Title I school. CSMI provides management services to the school.
Under Pennsylvania charter school law (Act 22), charter schools are public schools. They cannot levy taxes. The school is funded by state and federal per-pupil funding (Title I monies), along with funds from successful applications for competitive grants and donations.
In addition to the 180 days of instruction in the regular school year, CCCS offers a five-week summer school for those students who do not achieve grade-level performance on the reading and math PSSAs.
In 2013, Chester Community Charter School enrollment is 3,033 students in grades K through 8th grade, with 94% of pupils receiving a federal free or reduced-price meal due to family poverty. Additionally, 22.9% of the pupils receive special education services, while none were identified as gifted. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of the teachers were rated highly qualified under No Child Left Behind. The school provides full-day kindergarten. The school is a federally designated Title I school.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, enrollment was 3,017 pupils in grades Kindergarten through 8th, with 2,458 pupils receiving a free or reduced-price lunch. The school employed 183 teachers, yielding a student-teacher ratio of 16:1. The school provided full-day kindergarten to all its pupils.
History and achievements
In 1998, when the school was founded, it had 97 students in the first class and took up four meeting rooms in the lobby of the Howard Johnson's Hotel on the corner of Chester's Edgemont and Providence Avenues. It grew to few small trailers, then started its campus, and as of 2009 had expanded to two campuses, with over 2,100 students in state-of-the-art buildings. As the school has grown, it has developed five separate elementary school campuses and two middle school campuses, each with its principal.
Enrollment in 2006 was 1,727 students kindergarten-7th grade. In 2010 the enrollment increased to over 2600 pupils The school attracts students from the Philadelphia City School District and multiple Delaware County school districts including: Chester Upland School District, Chichester School District, Garnet Valley School District, Interboro School District, Penn-Delco School District, Ridley School District, Southeast Delco School District, Upper Darby School District, Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and William Penn School District. By Pennsylvania School Code, each school district, that provides transportation for its students; must provide transportation to a charter school, if the charter school lies within 10 miles of the district's attendance borders.
In 2009, more than half of the city students honored by the annual mayoral academic awards came from CCCS. The attendance rate in 2010 and 2011 was 90%.
The school strives to motivate parents to be involved in the school by providing a banquet at the end of the school year, with prizes including vacation packages.
2013 School Performance Profile
Chester Community Charter School achieved a score of 48.9 out of 100. The score reflects on grade level: reading, science, writing, and mathematics achievement. In 2012-13, only 29.5% of the students were reading on grade level in grades 3rd through 8th. In 3rd grade, 28% of the pupils were reading on grade level. In math, 34.7% were on grade level (3rd-8th grades). In 4th and 8th-grade science, just 28% of the pupils demonstrated on-grade-level understanding. In writing, only 34% of 5th-grade pupils demonstrated on-grade-level skills. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher.
In 2012, Chester Community Charter School was in Warning' status Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), due to missing multiple academic metrics. In 2011 and 2010, the school achieved AYP status as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
- 2009 - Making Progress - Corrective Action
- 2008 - declined to Corrective Action Level I due to low student achievement 
- 2007 - declined to School Improvement 2
- 2006 - declined to School Improvement 1
- 2005 - declined to Warning status due to lagging student academic achievement
- 2004 - achieved AYP status
- 2003 - Warning AYP status
Each year, in the Spring, the 3rd graders take the PSSAs in math and reading. The fourth grade is tested in reading, math, and science. The fifth grade is evaluated in reading, mathematics, and writing. Sixth and seventh grades have been tested in reading and mathematics since 2006. Eighth graders are tested in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Beginning in the Spring of 2013, eighth-graders, who are enrolled in Algebra I take the Keystone Exam for Algebra I at the end of the course. The testing of 8th grade in reading and mathematics began in 1999, as a state initiative.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered beginning 2003 to all Pennsylvania public school students in grades 3rd-8th. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam is given to 4th grades and includes content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies.
- Results history
8th Grade Reading:
- 2011 - 45% on grade level (30% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 79% of 8th graders on grade level.
- 2011 - 58% (32% below basic). State - 81.8% 
- 2010 - 79% (12% below basic). State - 81% 
- 2009 - 68% (10% below basic), State - 80%
- 2008 - 54% (29% below basic), State - 78% 
- 2007 - 68% (17% below basic), State - 75%
8th Grade Math:
- 2012 - 37% on grade level (46% below basic). State - 76%.
- 2011 - 49% (41% below basic). State - 76.9%.
- 2010 - 69% (26% below basic). State - 75% 
- 2009 - 65% (16% below basic). State - 71% 
- 2008 - 21% (57% below basic). State - 70%
- 2007 - 41% (34% below basic). State - 68%
8th Grade Science:
- 2012 -12% on grade level (66% below basic). State – 59% of 8th graders were on grade level.
- 2011 - 7%, (79% below basic). State – 58.3%
- 2010 - 19%, (66% below basic). State – 57% 
- 2009 - 27% (49% below basic). State - 55% 
- 2008 - 3%, (66% below basic). State - 52% 
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Math:
6th Grade Reading:
6th Grade Math:
5th Grade Reading:
5th Grade Math:
- 4th Grade Science
- 2012 - 46%, (17% below basic). State – 82%
- 2011 - 58%, (11% below basic). State – 82.9%
- 2010 - 41%, (25% below basic). State - 81%
- 2009 - 59%, (11% below basic). State - 83%
- 2008 - 33%, (22% below basic). State - 81% 
In 2011, the school was on a list of Pennsylvania public schools that had an unusually high rate of erasures that change incorrect answers to correct answers on the annual PSSAs, in 2009.
CCCS has modern computer labs on each campus. In 2008, the school began providing their 3rd through 8th-grade students with laptops (OLPC computers). The school provides students with internet access via a fiber connection, and the two campuses are connected by a high-bandwidth Wide Area Network. The school has received funds through three competitive Enhancing Education Through Technology grant competitions to enhance instruction through greater use of educational technology. Additionally, the school uses estate funds, from the federal Universal Service Fund, to pay for phone service, Internet service, upgrading of the school's computer system firewall, and maintaining the school's computer network.
In December 2012, Chester Community Charter School administration reported that 697 pupils, or 23% of the district's pupils, received special education services. Forty four percent of the identified pupils have learning disabilities.
In December 2010, the school's administration reported that 642 pupils, or 25% of the district's pupils, received special education services. Forty four percent of the identified pupils have learning disabilities. The school receives state and federal funding for special education services.
To comply with state and federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act rules and regulations, the school district engages in identification procedures to ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate educational program consisting of special education and related services, individualized to meet student needs. At no cost to the parents, these services are provided in compliance with state and federal law; and are reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefit and student progress. To identify students who may be eligible for special education services, various screening activities are conducted on an ongoing basis. These screening activities include a review of group-based data (cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards, ability, and achievement test scores); hearing, vision, motor, and speech/language screening; and review by the Special Education administration. When screening results suggest that the student may be eligible, the district seeks parental consent to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation. Parents who suspect their child is eligible may verbally request a multidisciplinary evaluation from a professional employee of the district or contact the district's Special Education Department. The IDEA 2004 requires each school entity to publish a notice to parents, in newspapers or other media, including the student handbook and website regarding the availability of screening and intervention services and how to access them.
In 2010, the state of Pennsylvania provided $1,026,815,000 for special education services. This funding is in addition to the state's basic education per-pupil funding, as well as, all other state and federal funding. The Special Education funding structure is through the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds and state appropriations. IDEA funds are appropriated to the state on an annual basis and distributed through intermediate units (IUs) to school districts, while state funds are distributed directly to the districts. Total funds that are received by school districts are calculated through a formula. The Pennsylvania Department of Education oversees four appropriations used to fund students with special needs: Special Education; Approved Private Schools; Pennsylvania Chartered Schools for the Deaf and Blind; and Early Intervention. The Pennsylvania Special Education funding system assumes that 16% of the district’s students receive special education services. It also assumes that each student’s needs accrue the same level of costs. Over identification of students, to increase state funding, has been an issue in the Commonwealth. Some districts have more than 20% of their students receiving special education services while others have 10% supported through special education. The state requires each public school district and charter school to have a three-year special education plan to meet the unique needs of its special education students. In 2012, the Obama Administration's US Department of Education issued a directive requiring schools to include students with disabilities in extracurricular activities, including sports.
In addition to state funding and local tax funding revenue levied by the school district, Chester Community Charter School seeks grant opportunities to fund programs.
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program - Since 2001, Chester Community Charter School provides extended learning opportunities for students and families through summer, Saturday, and before and after school programming funded by Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grants.
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - The Federal Stimulus program provided a $925,968 grant to the school to be used to focus on the specific learning needs of Title I students. The funds were used to hire tutoring staff. The funding was limited to two school years 2009-10 and 2010-11.
- Carol M. White Physical Education Program - In the fall of 2006, Chester Community Charter School received a 3-year Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant, totaling $699,632, to expand and enhance our physical education programs. CCCS named its programs Fitness For All and All For Fitness. CCCS has used these funds to provide equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities and to provide professional development to faculty and staff.
- Elementary School Counseling Program - The school received 2 three-year federal grants to fund the school’s counseling programs beginning in 2004.
- Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Enrichment Program - In 2009, CCCS was awarded the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Program grant, a five-year research grant totaling $2.2 million. The grant was used to expand its Talented Learning Community and to adopt Dr. Joseph Renzulli’s “Schoolwide Enrichment Model.”
- Reading First - CCCS was awarded a 3-year Reading First grant in 2004 and a 3-year renewal in 2007. The Reading First program focused on applying scientifically-based reading research—and the proven instructional and assessment tools consistent with this research—to ensure that all children are proficient in reading by the end of third grade. The school implemented Reading Mastery for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. School officials credit this program with dramatically raising reading scores.
- Race to the Top - School officials applied for the federal Race to the Top grant which would have provided up to $450,000 in additional federal funding to improve student academic achievement. Participation required the school's administration and the teachers to sign an agreement to prioritize improving student academic success. In Pennsylvania, 120 public school districts and 56 charter schools agreed to participate. Pennsylvania was not approved for the grant. The failure of school districts to agree to participate was cited as one reason that Pennsylvania was not approved.
The Board of Chester Community Charter School established a student wellness policy. The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age-appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school food service director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.
The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In the final implementation, these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus. The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.
The school offers both free school breakfast and a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low-income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement are the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless, and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals. The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.
In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy, or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. To comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 mandates that districts raise their full pay lunch prices every year until the price of non-subsidized lunches equals the amount the federal government reimburses schools for free meals. That subsidy in 2013-2014 was $2.93.
In 2014, President Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day. The Food and Drug Administration requires that students take milk as their beverage at lunch. By this law, any student requesting water in place of milk with their lunch must present a written request, signed by a doctor, documenting the need for water instead of milk.
Chester Community Charter School provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available in each building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance. Nurses also monitor each child's weight.
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Education sends the state per-pupil funding, for the students attending a charter school, to the school district where the student resides. The district officials are expected to forward the state share of per-pupil spending to the charter school on a timely basis throughout the school year. Chester Upland School District has withheld the state funding from Chester Community Charter School. In 2012, Chester Community Charter School sought a preliminary injunction ordering payment of $3.8 million in delinquent funds either from the district or the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania denied Chester Community Charter School the injunction. According to a state report, the district owes the charter school over $7 million in 2012. Today, the CUSD and the Commonwealth of PA owe the charter school nearly $10 million.
On January 18, 2012, in a 4-to-1 decision, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a trial court's Order that declared illegal and unenforceable the Chester Upland School District's attempt to impose enrollment caps on charter schools in the school district. The Chester Upland School District Empowerment Board of Control had appealed an order of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas which found that the Empowerment Board did not have the authority under the Education Empowerment Act 2 to place limits on the number of its students that could attend charter schools. In 2006, the school's board had approved the increase of Chester Community Charter School's enrollment from 1,980-students to 3,005 by 2010.
The school offers a variety of clubs, activities, and sports programs. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy and in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). Chester Community Charter School offers middle school level Boys basketball in PIAA District 1.
According to Pennsylvania’s Safety in Youth Sports Act, all sports coaches, paid and volunteer, are required to annually complete the Concussion Management Certification Training and present the certification before coaching.
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21st Century Community Learning Center Program
Since 2001 CCCS has provided extended learning opportunities for students and families through summer, Saturday, and before and after school programming funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grants. Currently we have three 21st CCLC grants – Cohorts 7, 8, and 9. We have previously received “Cohort 5” (first awarded in spring 2010) and “Cohort 6” (awarded in spring 2012).
Since 2010 our 21st CCLC Cohort 5 grant has funded the following extended learning opportunities for students and their families:
Summer Camp 2010, 2011, 2012 (grades Pre-K, K, and 1): The summer program offers young children hands-on science activities, math readiness experiences, and cognitive learning opportunities in a language/literature rich environment. The program conducts activities both in partnership with the public library and in collaboration with the CCCS early learning staff to teach parents how they can help their children develop reading/school readiness at home and/or in the library. The summer school also offers trips designed to broaden children’s cultural exposure and concept development needed as the foundation for reading comprehension. These trips offer students exposure to the world beyond their immediate community, first steps in diverse cultural and global education.
Expanded After-School Services (grades K through 5): The program invites students to enroll in a comprehensive program of before school, after school and Saturday programming that includes variety and high interest activities that enhance the school day curriculum and result in enthusiastic student engagement. Parents are invited to take part in special Family Literacy events at the public library.
Before-School Program: The before school program offers students academic enrichment targeted to meet their needs for reading, math and/or science skills development through high-quality, hands-on learning activities; 30 minutes of organized physical activity every day; a nutritious breakfast; and supervision of caring adults in a safe environment. Program staff communicates with the children’s school day teachers to know what type of academic support each child needs.
After-School Program: Theme-based programming focuses on the culture, food, dance, art, music, poetry, geography, climate, and customs of various continents. Academic enrichment activities are designed to address PA standards in all curriculum areas of the regular school program via various hands-on, experiential, and/or technology based modalities. Children have the opportunity to make big murals, read books about people from other cultures, enjoy celebrations featuring food, art, and music and/or play the sports, music, and rhythms of people on other continents. Children develop projects about life in other parts of the globe. Project partners offer students mentoring, character development and service learning projects.
Super Saturdays: The program offers students additional academic enrichment opportunities on several Saturdays each year. Ten of these are for 20 students to attend the “Dare to Soar” program provided by the Swarthmore College Black Cultural Center; college students provide CCCS students Africana cultural material, resources, and mentoring during ten full-day sessions (5 per semester) on campus at the College. The 21st CCLC also offers trips and school based activities to further enhance the academic enrichment programming.
Partners: The program collaborates with numerous community partners that play an important role in implementing the program. These partners include, but are not limited to: the J. Lewis Crozer Library for activities designed to foster a love of books in children and families; MAC Association for DJ lessons, and other spoken arts; Earth Force for environmental education and service learning; the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for nutritious snacks and meals; Crozer-Chester Medical Center for nutrition education; Chambers Foundation for soccer lessons; Delaware County Family Centers for parenting classes; and Swarthmore College for academic enrichment to develop students’ understanding of Global cultures. Several partners will facilitate mentoring, character development activities, and service learning clubs and projects; these partners include Big Brothers / Big Sisters; Girl Scouts; Team Mac; the Rotary Club of Chester; and Swarthmore College.
Since spring 2012: Our 21st CCLC Cohort 6 grant funds our Empowerment For Success
Program that provides the following extended learning opportunities for students and their families:
The Empowerment for Success Program is an Out-of-School-Time (OST) Program designed to meet the needs of our students in grades K-8th. The program is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.
Empowerment for Success is proud to offer so many exciting new experiences to our students. Thanks to our many partnerships, the students are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of enrichment activities.
Music: Through our partnership with Lisa Wolfe Music, LLC, our students are now exposed to various musical instruments, they may have otherwise never have experienced. Lisa and her team work very closely with our students introducing them to such instruments as guitar, violin, keyboarding and drums to name a few.
The Arts: Visual Arts are provided by a local artist who comes in weekly providing our students with the opportunity to work with such medium as chalk, watercolor and acrylic paints. Hedgerow Theatre, a local theatre company, will soon be joining our team to provide our students with acting lessons on a weekly basis. Each lesson will coincide with themes and lesson plans being taught during the school day.
Physical Education: Future Captain Sports provides our students with multi sports activities and educates them on the importance of good sportsmanship and team work. First Tee a local non-profit agency provides middle school students with the basic concepts of golf. Come this spring we will also be offering the Soccer for Success Program as part of our Out of School Time programming.
Character Building: Counseling groups focusing on self esteem and mentoring programs are also provided through the Empowerment for Success Program. The Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) has recently begun a girls group with our middle school population focusing on Safe Dating. 5th grade girls and boys were offered to opportunity to take part in the Warrior Guides Mentoring Program sponsored by the Andrew L. Hicks Foundation.
Tutoring: Additional tutoring is provided to any student in need. Our tutors are local students from Widener University. Both Campuses will have tutoring available on a daily basis.
In addition to our many enrichment activities, academics is integral part of the Empowerment Program. Academics are interdisciplinary and cross-curricular, integrating language arts and social studies standards across content areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Program materials are highly motivating and provide hands-on experiences with modalities for varied learning styles and in-depth explorations involving comprehension, vocabulary word attack and language arts skills. Materials to support curriculum include: Flocabulary, BrainPOP, ThinkFinity, Glogster, Fast ForWord, and Imagine Learning.
Summer Camp 2012 (grades 2-8): The Empowerment for Success Summer Camp featured multiple partners who added diverse programming to students’ summer experience. Summer camp in 2012 featured music, dance, art, and theater: Lisa Wolfe Music, Inc. provided instruction in violin, guitar and keyboarding; Jazz Journeys introduced sixth graders to the history of Jazz and instructed them on how to create jazz with means as simple as a pair of drum sticks and a home depot bucket; the Rock School of Dance instructed students on various types of dance and dance techniques; two local artists enriched children’s understanding of art by exposing them to several different art mediums such as water color, paint and chalk; and Hedgerow Theatre provided our children with a basic understanding of theatre through games and improv.
Sports programming included: Future Captain Sports (FCS) who provided our students with multi sports education on a daily basis - the basics of basketball, soccer football and cheerleading to name a few, plus the importance of team work and good sportsmanship; and First Tee who provided our students with an understanding of golf and the skills needed to excel in the sport.
Seventh and eighth graders were involved in a new program called REAL CHANGE. REAL CHANGE was created to help young people learn to really see each other and in turn, obtain a better understanding of what each of us has to offer. It is the hope of REAL CHANGE to instill in young people compassion and understanding. Through this understanding we hope to change how we communicate with one another, in hopes of creating a positive change in the world.
Field trips were another integral part of our summer programming. Students had the opportunity to visit both the Constitution Center and Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. They experienced how to work as a team in the rope course at the JCC in Delaware. Everyone enjoyed a relaxing day at Brandywine Picnic Park as we floated down the river in our tubes and enjoyed an all you can eat picnic. Bowling and Skating were two local activities that seemed to be a favorite among both students and staff.
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Delaware 21st Century Community Learning Centers Goals
- Increase school attendance and increase academic achievement of participating students in one or more academic areas
- Increase school connectedness of participants, including families, caregivers, and school teachers and staff
- Increase the capacity of participants to become productive adults
21st CCLC programs provide a broad array of opportunities for students and their families including such things as:
- Academic Supports: hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math, homework help, literacy activities, SAT preparation, tutoring, and more;
- Career Exploration and College Access: college application support, college visits, internships, job shadowing, and more
- Fine Arts: dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and more;
- Health Promotion: counseling and mental health programs, healthy cooking, nutrition education, substance abuse prevention, and more;
- Physical Activity: baseball, basketball, martial arts, soccer, swimming, yoga, and more;
- Youth Development: community service, good decision-making, leadership development, mediation skills, social and emotional learning, violence prevention, and more; and
- Family Engagement: adult education, family events, family literacy, and more.
Schools with 21st CCLCs
|o Cape Henlopen||o Thomas Edison Charter School||o Red Clay|
|o Milton ES||o A.I. du Pont HS|
|o Freire Charter School Wilmington||o A.I. du Pont MS|
|o Capital||o Highlands ES|
|o Booker T Washington ES||o Great Oaks Charter School||o Richey ES|
|o Central MS||o Shortlidge Academy|
|o East Dover ES||o Kuumba Academy Charter School|
|o William Henry MS||o Seaford|
|o Laurel||o Blades ES|
|o Charter School of New Castle||o North Laurel Learning||o Frederick Douglass ES|
|Academy||o Seaford Central ES|
|o Christina||o Laurel ES||o Seaford MS|
|o Stubbs Early Education||o Laurel MS||o West Seaford ES|
|and Dual Generation Ctr|
|o The Bancroft School||o Milford||o Woodbridge|
|o Glasgow HS||o Milford Central Academy||o Phillis Wheatley ES|
|o Milford HS||o Woodbridge MS|
|o Castle Hills ES|
|o Eisenberg ES|
2021 - 2022 Delaware 21st CCLC Programs
DE 21st CCLC 2021-2022 Calendar Cohorts 15 16 17
DE 21st CCLC 2021-2022 Calendar Cohort 18
Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state education agencies to provide a list of prescreened external organizationsthat have knowledge and expertise necessary to assist with implementing activities of 21st CCLC programs. An "external organization" is defined as “a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before or after school (or summer recess) programs and activities.” DDOE will maintain the Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations for those organizations that meet the criteria and have completed the Delaware 21st CCLC Nonprofit External Organization Profile Form. Please note: The “Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations” will be posted for informational purposes only for any 21st CCLC grant applicant to view and utilize at their own discretion. 21st CCLCs are not required to partner specifically with any external organizations that are on the “Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations.”
Federal Statutes and Guidance
The 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative was established by Title IV, Part B - Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended. See also the 21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidance. Additional federal guidance is available on various topics including:
A commitment to evaluation at both the state and local levels is central to the Delaware's 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. Please see the full evaluation report for more information.
Request for Proposal - Cohort 18 Information
Delaware Afterschool Network
Delaware’s 21st CCLC program collaborates and partners with the Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN), part of the 50 State Afterschool Network. For more information, contact Regina Sidney-Brown, DEAN Director; c/o United Way of Delaware; 625 N. Orange St, 3rd Floor, Wilmington, DE 19801; 302-573-3743; [email protected]
Resources for Current 21st CCLC Programs
21st CCLC State Coordinator
Education Associate, 21st CCLC and Title I Programs
Delaware Department of Education
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19904
Telephone: (302) 735-4100
21st CCLC Technical Assistance Coordinator
Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Rd
Newark, DE 19716
Telephone: (302) 831-2053
21st CCLC Support
Secretary, School Support Service
Delaware Department of Education
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19904
Telephone: (302) 857-3374
Top Performing PA Cyber Charter School
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21CCCS - PA CYBER CHARTER SCHOOL, PENNSYLVANIA'S TOP PERFORMING ONLINE SCHOOL
Serving Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12, 21st Century Cyber Charter School (21CCCS) provides a unique blend of a rigorous, personalized curriculum, highly qualified instructional staff, and a supportive educational community. Our top performing Pennsylvania cyber charter school students thrive in this environment and have been very successful, according to state standards. It’s no wonder that 21CCCS is known to be one of the best cyber schools in PA.
Through a combination of PSSA scores, Keystone Exam scores, PSAT participation, SAT scores, and other academic performance measures, 21CCCS outperforms other cyber schools in PA. We have been in the top 8% on the College Ready Benchmark among Pennsylvania High Schools. 21CCCS has also been ranked a top-performing cyber charter school throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for our SAT scores.
Upon graduating from 21CCCS, our students who are now moving on from online schooling programs and into the adult world, are fully prepared for their next step. This could mean continuing their education at a two or four-year college or university, perfecting their skills through a vocational certification, or joining the workforce. No matter what they choose, the best performing cyber charter school programs offered by 21CCCS has given them the education that’s needed to succeed in today’s world.
Our performance profile surpasses any other PA cyber charter school
Teachers are available 56 hours per week for one-on-one aide
Highest College readiness scores of any Pennsylvania cyber charter school
Higher PSSA scores than any other cyber charter school
21st Century Cyber Charter School has been selected as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2022. Learn more about the school’s implementation of technology as teachers design a unique learning experience for each 21CCCS student.More About Our Recognition ›
The counselors pushed this concept from the beginning - Parents, be parents! 21st Century is the school and there are teachers, advisors, and counselors available to the students all day. Once I embraced this, our days became far less stressful.The Kern Family
Our experience with 21CCCS has been great! Watching my girls achieve goals in a positive manner, while getting the opportunity to be free to learn wherever they would like, has been the greatest! This school definitely prepares our youth for a bright future! Thank You, 21CCCS!The Combs Family
The best part is the constant contact with teachers, counselors and an Academic Advisor. Encouraging words, help with lessons, advice on courses and support from every angle. 21st Century has been a life changing experience for our daughter.The Norman Family
P. learns differently than his siblings, and we had concerns when transferring from traditional homeschooling to 21CCCS, especially during COVID when IEP meetings weren't possible. But this school surrounded him and our family so incredibly to make this year such a beautiful success story. I can't recommend 21CCCS enough. The curriculum is top notch, but it's their teachers that make 21CCCS such an incredible choice.The Aungst Family
We had some trepidation about pulling our son from the local brick-and-mortar and enrolling him in a cyber school, but we're very happy we enrolled him with 21st CCCS! He loves it, and he's doing much better in what is really a more challenging environment!The Mertsock Family
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