WTEF enhances the health, safety and academic performance of elementary school students every school year. We provide academic, tennis, and life skills instruction to students after school within schools in Washington, DC’s under-resourced neighborhoods. We provide a healthy snack as and if needed. AACP runs currently within DCPS/DCPCS school calendars between September and June. The AACP curriculum challenges students through individual and team competitions which enhance, rather than duplicate, how they learn during the school day. For the 2020-2021 school year, AACP will usher in a hybrid version of its programming with academic programming occurring virtually two days a week and tennis programming occurring virtually and in-person (outdoors) at our East Capitol location as well as other outdoor locations. Our coaches will follow strict COVID-19 protocols.
Summary of Academic Core Curriculum
The AACP academic component is taught by DC Public and Public Charter School teachers within schools where AACP operates. The teachers are provided with guidance and support to deliver an educational component that is in concert with the student’s grade appropriate curricula. The AACP teacher is familiar with students both through the program as well as through the regular school day.
Academic Core Curriculum is 4 hours per week and consist generally of the following:
Homework assistance, tutoring and mentoring
Implement AACP academic curriculum. Prepare students for the AACP Academic & Life-Skills Skit Competitions
During the weeks prior to the competitions, teachers help students prepare for Academic Competitions by reviewing AACP curriculum and choosing themes/practicing skits for the Life-Skills Skit Competition.
Academic Competitions for schools are arranged between October through January and teams comprised of students from AACP schools compete multiple times before a panel of judges accumulating points for each victory. Those teams with the most points advance to semi-final and final competitions.
Life-Skills Skit Competition
Following the Academic Competitions, AACP schools participate in the WTEF’s Life-Skills Skit Competition February through March. Student discussion groups will write and perform 15-20 minute skits with each student getting a speaking part around themes that are community or school related.
Taught by WTEF certified coaches 4 hours per week
Coaches utilize Net Generation appropriate level curriculum developed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and its partners focus on play, skill and character development
Coaches prepare students for Team Tennis competitions April through June where the undefeated advance to playoffs. Overall champion determined in June based on results in all three categories which include Academic & Life-Skills.