Special Programs provide opportunities for students to grow and develop beyond what the regular school day offers. Programs focus on closing the achievement gap among student groups including low-income, first-generation college, and minority students as well as students who need extra time or support.
Special Programs include
- Grant funded programming beyond the regular school day
- Business and community partnerships that assist at-risk students and/or work to close the achievement gap
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Local Management Board funded programs
- After school mentoring
- College Access Program
List of Programs:
Local Management Board of St. Mary's County
After School Programs at Greenview Knolls Elementary School and Lexington Park Elementary School.
These Local Management Board funded After School Programs include the after-school programs at Greenview Knolls Elementary School and Lexington Park Elementary School. The programs operate two days per week and offer homework assistance, nutritional instruction, financial literacy instruction, and enrichment activities.
St. Mary's County College Access Program (SMC CAP)
Southern Maryland has an undersupply of workers with college degrees. To address this need and to help all students achieve their potential, SMC CAP places advisors in the three SMCPS comprehensive high schools and the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center to target and work with students who will be first-generation college students as well as serve as a resource to any student who requests assistance. The program delivers both small group and individual information and support to prepare juniors and seniors for successfully navigating the road to higher education.
The Business, Education, and Community Alliance has created a one-stop website with information about colleges and scholarships (www.smcbeca.org). It includes a Common Scholarship Application so students can apply for over 35 local scholarships, worth over $200,000, with one single application.
In January, BECA generally presents an annual Scholarship Fair at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Students and parents are able to meet scholarship providers and learn how the St. Mary's Common Scholarship Application works.
Each spring BECA 's Scholarship Awards Ceremony is held at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Students who are chosen for scholarships from BECA or any of the other providers on the SMC Common Scholarship Application are invited to attend the ceremony with their families.
BECA Scholarship Fair!
Please Attend BECA’s 2022 Virtual Scholarship Fair
Thursday, January 27, 2022
4:00 - 6:00 PM
The Virtual Scholarship Fair will be hosted on Zoom!
After School Mentoring Program
This program provides one-on-one and/or small group mentoring to elementary and middle school students in St. Mary's County Public Schools. Volunteer mentors are always needed to assist with this program. See the After School Mentoring link on the left for more information.