The 21st CCLC Afterschool Program (AST) started in the fall of 2010 in the Community Schools of Frankfort. It operates in all five community schools and serves 250 regular program participants throughout the school year. Each year, the program starts in mid-September and runs until mid-April Monday-Thursday. At the elementary schools AST runs from 3:15-5:15, at the middle school it runs from 3:45-5:45 and at the high school it runs from 2:45-5 pm. Each school is staffed with licensed teachers who help students on homework, writing assignments, projects, etc. with a particular focus in math and reading/Language Arts. The main objective of the program is to help students succeed in school by offering resources and staff to help students complete their daily assignments and expose them to different literacy and enrichment opportunities.
During the school year of 2011-2012, AST served 362 students, 249 were regular participants attending the program thirty days or more out of the 104 AST days. Overall, the AST program met 11 of its 21 short term performance measures which are set at the beginning of each year to measure student growth in the areas of math, reading/Language Arts, school-day discipline, regular school-day attendance, core-40 credits earned, and graduation rates, an improvement from the 2010-2011 school year. The IDOE’s evaluating agency, CEEP, conducted one site visit during the fall of 2011 to Suncrest Elementary. The other four sites were not visited because during the site visit of fall 2010 they were viewed as satisfactory/excelling sites and Suncrest was not visited during the fall of 2010. In fall of 2011, Suncrest was rated with an average score of 3.75 out of a 4 point scale defining it as excellent in most categories. Parents also rated each site very highly indicating that they felt that their child was being challenged in AST, they felt welcome to the program, their children had healthier habits, and that their overall grades had improved.