The intent of the Bluford Drew Jemison S.T.E.M. Academy (BDJ) Achieving College and Career Excellence and Sustained Success (ACCESS) Extended Day Program is to provide support for and enhance the core day curriculum delivered to scholars. The essence of the ACCESS Program is to assure scholars requiring complementary instruction receive the support necessary to retain the daily lessons taught during the core school day.
The ACCESS program is a co-curricular program intended to concentrate on the needs and concerns of middle school African-American males. The program’s primary goal aims to have at least 80% of the approximately 360 scholars taking part, receive scores of proficient or advanced on the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) reading by the eighth grade. Additionally, the program will assist these scholars with prevail over obstacles to academic success; obstacles such as nutrition, physical health, mental health and social-economic issues. The BDJ after-school / out-of-school model of a daily positive atmosphere for at least 6 days a week during the academic year and at least four weeks during the summer, produces a nurturing environment nurturing demonstrated to be helpful in producing leaders of the future.
It is our intent for the program to provide concentrated and entertaining project-based educational occurrences, scholastic remediation, expansive prospects for academic enhancement, moral enrichment, structured athletics, and nourishing food and drink during out-of-school hours in order to ensure each scholar’s success.