ACE Program

JHCISD ACE Program Director - Fantina Garcia
Loreto Canales- HES Site Coordinator
Kristina Rios - HJH Site Coordinator
Maria E. Perez - HHS Site Coordinator

Overview of the ACE Program


  • Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) is an afterschool program funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Federal Grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education.  The purpose is to support the academic goals of school campuses by providing activities based on research and best practices and include academic enrichment, challenging curriculum, and tutorial services.


  • The goals of the ACE Program are to strive to improve:  Academic Performance, School day Attendance, Positive Behavior, Grade Promotion Rates, Graduation Rates, and College & Career Readiness.


  • The ACE Program will be included and aligned with the Campus Improvement Plan, district and school initiatives, and integrated into the school culture.


  • JHCISD is comprised of five (5) centers: Hebbronville HS, Hebbronville JH, Hebbronville Elementary, Bruni MS/HS and Oilton Elementary.


  • The ACE Program offers a minimum of thirty-five (35) weeks; twenty-nine (29) weeks X five (5) days X three (3) hours during the school year and six (6) weeks X four (4) days X four (4) hours during summer school.


  • Centers are open daily, five days a week, for three (3) hours and are intended for all students free of charge. 


  • The three (3) hours of center activity are made up of one (1) hour of tutorial/homework assistance and two (2) hours of enrichment activities.  The first hour of operation is the tutorial/homework hour and the second two hours are the enrichment hours.


  • Tutorial/homework sessions may be scheduled before school or afterschool provided the sessions are adhering to the time requirements.  Student attendance numbers are a consideration for before school sessions. 


  • Enrichment sessions should include active, hands-on lessons that engage students and encourage them to become involved.  Although fun activities are encouraged and part of the program, the program should include STEM activities for all levels and college and career readiness activities for the 9-12 campus.


  • Technology resources should be included within the framework of center activities.  Activities can include attendance to reading and math labs, robotic programs, coding, …..


  • Students will be provided with a snack/drink during participation in center activities.   Partnered with RAM Nutritionals operated by Ramiro Hernandez:


  • The yearly target for students is forty-five (45) days annually for grant compliance.  A student gets credit for one (1) day by attending a minimum of 45 minutes of center activity per day.  Students are encouraged to attend the full three (3) hours the center is open.

Hebbronville HS 125 students required to meet target      60 parents

Hebbronville JH 130 students required to meet target      60 parents

Hebbronville Ele 250 students required to meet target     70 parents

Oilton Ele          75 students required to meet target       30 parents

Bruni Middle/HS 70 student required to meet target        30 parents


  • Total Participation to date is:  932 students
    • 1-9 days                          522
    • 10-19 days                     285
    • 20-29 days                     99
    • 30-39 days                     22
    • 40-49 days                     4


  • Family Engagement Specialist – conducts family activities and training sessions for parents.  Sessions including bullying and drug prevention, parent portal training,  financial aid information, and literacy nights.  Family activities such as the Bluebonnet planting to beautify the school are an integral part of the program.  The District has initiated Family Literacy Nights in the school libraries and ACE is assisting.


  • Community Partnerships
    • Coastal Bend College
    • East Foundation Natural Resource Education
    • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
    • Behavioral Health Solutions (tobacco prevention)
    • Border Region Behavioral Health Center
    • SCAN Serving Students and Adults in Need Inc
    • Resource All Meals Nutritional Service


    Funded by the 21st CCLC Program

    Administered by the U.S. Department of Education



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