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:
21CCLC Summer Learning Programs
In the summer of 2019, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) Summer Learning Programs operated at Greenview Knolls Elementary School and Great Mills High School. The program at Greenview Knolls Elementary School included students from all five SMCPS Title I schools as well as Title I students from non-public schools. The program at Great Mills High School offered summer bridging and enrichment activities for rising freshmen from Esperanza Middle School and Spring Ridge Middle School as well as credit recovery opportunities for current Great Mills High School students. In addition to the scheduled 21CCLC five-week programs, a partnership with St. Mary's College of Maryland offered students in both programs an optional, additional enrichment week on the campus of St. Mary's College of Maryland.
In the summer of 2020, SMCPS operated a five-week distance-learning summer program called Summer Learning To Go. This 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) summer program served students from all five SMCPS Title I schools as well as Title I students from non-public schools. The program focused on reviewing math and reading standards from the 3rd and 4th marking periods of the 2019-2020 school year as well as offering enrichment activities in STEM, visual arts, performing arts, health and wellness, and social-emotional learning. The program's partners included University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education, St. Mary's County 4-H, St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM), Pretend Power, St. Mary's County Health Department, St. Mary's County Library, and Master Gardeners. An additional, optional sixth week of distance-learning summer programming was provided by the MAT students and staff of SMCM.
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 2021 Virtual Scholarship Fair
Thursday, January 21, 2021
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.