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When the last bell rings, Texas ACE is just getting started with no-cost after-school activities for any student attending a participating K-12 school.

Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) is a national program funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The state-level Texas ACE program is administered and monitored by Texas Education Agency (TEA), which also offers robust training, technical assistance, and other resource for grantees.

Texas ACE aims to improve academics performance/grades, school attendance, positive behavior, and student engagement by providing students with a safe place to go during non-school hours for extended learning and enrichment activities. The program servers students in Title I schools who otherwise would not have such opportunities.

Interactive, hands-on learning disguised as fun and aligned to the school day curriculum.

Enrichment activities, including sports, clubs, and art!

Homework help, tutoring, study strategies, time management, and other targeted needs-based academic assistance.

Youth development and project-based activities that build character, confidence, and leadership skills

Support for college and career readiness, such as career planning, SAT/ACT prep, and help with college applications and financial aid.


Students regularly attending high-quality Texas ACE programs experience measurable improvements overall, including:

  • Increased grade promotion & graduation rates
  • Improved grades and test scores in English and Math
  • Fewer school day absences
  • Increased student engagement