Throughout its 18-year history, Chester Community Charter School has introduced innovations, analyzed their impact, and continuously improved its approaches.
The school has been fortunate to receive and implement numerous competitive federal and state grants that have supported many of these innovations and fostered excellence through enriched curricular resources and professional capacity. Some of the school’s current grant-funded programs are described below:
U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Grant
The $775,000 grant will be awarded to CCCS from the beginning of October 2019 through the end of September 2022. Goals of the program will include improving CCCS’s safety and climate, preventing delinquency, and eliminating violence. Mental health services and restorative peer support activities will be offered to students through the Student Support Services Department and Climate Department, respectively.
The purpose of Federal Entitlement grants is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
CCCS is in Year 3 of a 3-year federal grant that funds a comprehensive program of physical education and physical activity complemented by nutrition instruction and a healthy nutrition environment both at school during the school day and also beyond school hours.
Project Prevent is a new federal grant designed to enable LEAs to increase their capacity to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to pervasive violence, helping to ensure that affected students are offered mental health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs; and implement other school–based violence prevention strategies in order to reduce the likelihood that these students will later commit violent acts.