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Purpose

Bridgeton Public Schools Logo with Paw printts and BPS in the center and Stronger Together around the outer edgePathways 21st Century Community Learning Centers is an after-school program that has been designed around achieving milestone improvements in math and language arts objectives through theme-based learning in the visual and performing arts. Across five district schools in grades four through eight, the after school program will provide services to students and their families each program year. Students will be motivated and challenged to connect with the world around them through creativity, individual expression and hands on academics.

Mission StatementBulldog leaning on a stack of books one labled for each school and the pathways logo in the dogs tag.

The mission of the Pathways 21st Century Community Learning Centers through Bridgeton Public Schools is to provide a safe and comprehensive after-school learning environment that provides opportunities for all students to achieve success through creative activities that honor diversity and the integration of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and through the pathways of the Visual and Performing Arts.


Schools We Service

Bridgeton High School (Grades 9-12)
Broad Street School (Grades 4-8)
Buckshutem Road School (Grades 4-8)
Cherry Street School (Grades 4-8)
Indian Avenue School (Grades 4-8)
Quarter Mile Lane School (Grades 4-8)
West Avenue School (Grades 4-8)


Partnerships and Collaborations

The Pathways 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) partners with Appel Farm Arts & Music Center (www.appelfarm.org) to bring students first hand experiences in the field of Visual and Performing Arts. Additionally, Pathways works with the Bridgeton Municipal Alliance and NJ CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) which offer students different character education and life skills lessons.


FAQs

Q: How does my child become a part of Pathways 21st Century After School Program?

A: Simply obtain and complete a program registration form. Once completed, please return to your child's designated site coordinator.

Q: What are the hours for the Pathways 21st Century After School Program?

A: The Pathways 21st Century After School Program runs from 3-6pm with transportation provided home.

Q: Is there a cost for my child to attend?

A: No. As long as your child is a student in grades 4-8 at one of the six district elementary schools, they may attend the program free of charge.

Q: How will this help my child?

A: Certificated Teachers will provide fun and engaging activities to help improve your child's math and language arts scores through a visual and performing arts centered learning
environment.

Q: What are the times of the program?

A: Pathways 21st CCLC runs five (5) days a week from 3-6pm.

Q: Will my child be given a snack if they are staying at school so late every night?

A: Yes! Every Pathways student is provided with a snack and a juice daily.

Q: Will my child be provided with dinner if they are staying at school so late every night?

A: Yes! Because of a program secured by the Food Service Department, ALL Pathways participants receive dinner daily at the afterschool program!


Benefits of the Pathways 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program

My Child has an IEP/504 Plan, how can they benefit from this program?

Research conducted by the Afterschool Alliance in 2008 found that afterschool programs positively impact students with special needs in the following key areas: higher academic achievement, improved school attendance, higher aspirations, improved social competence and improved behavior.

Theme-based Program

The Bridgeton School District believes that after school programming driven by the arts not only have a positive influence on the lives of students involved, but also lead to overall academic achievement, improved social skills and increased skills for future workplace success.

Learning Based on Student Interest

The staff of the Pathways 21st Century After School program will survey the students to identify interest areas. The program staff will create lessons geared toward the students' interest, thus creating an increased level of engagement in the activity.

Seamless Transitions

In order to create a seamless transition, the afterschool program staff will meet regularly with the school day staff to articulate student achievement and concerns. These meetings will be conducted on a quarterly basis and will involve Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Building Principals.


Helpful Links

Resources:
New Jersey Department of Education 21st Century Webpage
After School Alliance

For Additional Enrichment at Home:
FunBrain.com - Grade 4


Contact Information for Pathways

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Timothy C. Zoyac, Program Manager. He can be reached at (856) 455 - 8030 ext. 1940 or via email at [email protected]


Registration Form

A registration from may be obtained on this website only. Once this form has been received, the site coordinator or someone from the Pathways program office will call concerning when the student may begin the program.


Funding Statement

"This project was funded in its entirety Under Title IV, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education."

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