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ACES: Athletes Committed to Educating Students

Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) is an after-school tutoring and mentoring program that helps urban fourth- through eighth-grade students in both Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Public Schools overcome the academic achievement and opportunity gaps. Students who consistently attend ACES, show academic growth, improved behavior and school attendance, and increased identification with their community. 

ACES helps 4th- through 8th-grade students overcome the “fourth-grade slump” through:

  • Dedicated in-school reading and vocabulary time.
  • Involving families in ACES students’ education and lives via family nights, regular phone contact, and home visits.
  • Ensuring a 1:4 adult to student ratio that enhances impact by providing small-group and one-on-one tutoring and mentoring relationships.
  • Delivering engaging curriculum that meets state standards.

ACES’ focus is on the "ABCs of ACES": Academics, Behavior, and Community. During the 2012-2013 school year, ACES students in Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools achieved the following results: 

Academics: 

  • 89% of ACES students improved or maintained satisfactory school grades.
  • 69% of ACES students improved their program assessment scores.

Behavior:

  • 94% of ACES students improved or maintained positive behavior/social skills.
  • 91% of ACES students realized satisfactory attendance at school.

Community:      

  • 107 7th and 8th grade students participated in 2,325 hours of service in the community.
  • 76% of those students stated they, “learned to give back to the community” in ACES. 

Minneapolis Public Schools' most recent data analysis on ACES students shows that, when compared to the general student population, ACES students are 23% more likely to earn one year or more growth in math and 30% more likely to earn one year or more growth in reading. The most recent analysis by Saint Paul Public Schools shows that 71% of ACES students showed medium or high growth in math, and 84% showed medium or high growth in reading, on the MCA. 

ACES has earned the Expert Partner designation from the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, through its Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP) process. 

Learn more about ACES at www.aces4kids.org, and celebrate National Mentoring Month in January.