New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources


Project Director:  Linda Ludwikowski
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 313-8158
Email: lludwikowski@cliffsidepark.edu

County:  Bergen

Servicing School District: Cliffside Park

CLC Sites: Cliffside Park Schools #3, #4, #5 and #6, Cliffside Park Middle School (which is housed
                   Within School #6), Cliffside Park High School

Partners: Jewish Family Services of Bergen County, Revolution Prep K12, Cliffside Park Public Library, HealthCorps, Cliffside Park Police Department, Institutions of Higher Education (Rutgers Center for Math, Science and Computer Education or another based upon content area need each year to be determined by the Advisory Board)

Serving Grade Level: 4-12

No. of Students to be served: 215

No. of Adults to be Served: 50

Times of Services:  Before School: 7:00-8:00AM; After School: 3:00-6:00PM; Evening Adult
                                 7:00PM; Summer 8:00AM-12 Noon
The Cliffside Park School District (CPSD) is a K-12 district of 2,654 students located in Bergen County, New Jersey.  The district is comprised of four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. For the first time since 2003, all but one, of Cliffside Park's elementary schools failed to attain AYP in Language Arts Literacy in 2011.  Meanwhile, the Middle School has failed to make AYP in Language Arts Literacy and Math.  Teachers attribute disappointing results to the high percentage of students who are second language learners and are struggling to develop higher order reading and writing skills in English. Currently, over 60% of students in the district speak a language other than English in the home and 69 different languages are represented; 13.4% of students are classified as disabled;7.2% are classified as Limited English Proficient; and up to 76% qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch in the district's elementary schools. Teachers face new challenges as they transition to offer alternative lessons that appeal to all subgroups. Meanwhile, students need more time and more assistance to achieve their academic goals. Economically Disadvantaged students, as a subgroup, are among those most in need.  Spring 2011 NJASK results show that only 55.1% of Economically Disadvantaged 4th graders, 53.8% of 5th graders, 63.2% of 6th graders and 49.5% of 7th graders were proficient in Language Arts Literacy. 

Cliffside Park School District will provide the extra time and extra help Economically Disadvantaged students need to succeed through the Linking Achievement and Language (LAL) After School Program. The program will serve 215 low income students in grades 4-12 at 6 school sites including Cliffside Park Elementary Schools #3, #4, #5, #6, Cliffside Park Middle School and High School. These students are among 282 students who did not attain proficiency on 2011 standardized tests.

To bring resources that truly address the needs of our targeted students, CPSD will partner with Jewish Family Service of Bergen County-experts in addressing the needs of diverse populations.  The district will also collaborate with Revolution Prep K12, an organization that has provided PSAT and SAT tutoring in Cliffside Park High School--which has had a dramatic impact on student success.  Additionally, CPSD will collaborate with the Cliffside Park Public Library to double the number of monthly family literacy programs offered to targeted families.  CPSD will also expand a relationship with Dr. Oz's HealthCorps Program to provide activities for children and parents related to health and nutrition.  The Cliffside Park Police Department will also offer training to students and parents related to anti-bullying, anti violence, substances abuse prevention and Internet and cell phone safety. Before January 2013, 21CCLC staff members will participate in professional development focused on action research and using data to inform instruction.  Additionally, the outside program evaluator, who is associated with Rutgers University, will train all staff members in the evaluation expectations of the grant program.  Other professional development will include: Using Smartboards to Improve Literacy Across Content Areas, Developing Inquiry Based Lessons, Tailoring Lessons to the Needs of Second Language Learners, and Incorporating Reading and Writing in all Activities.

The LAL Program will offer one hour of daily tutoring and small group instruction in Language Arts before school from 7:30-8:30AM at all elementary school sites in Year I.  Students at all sites will participate in a wide array of after school remediation and enrichment activities as well.  From 3:00-4:00PM students will receive homework help from bilingual instructors. From 4:00-6:00PM, students will choose from a diverse selection of activities that address each of the themes and all program components listed in the NGO.  Whether Mad Scientist, Cooking, Crafting, Chess, Yoga, or Publishing, every activity will focus on incorporating language skills. From 5:00PM-6:00 tutoring in Language Arts skills and Language Arts enrichment activities will be available to assist students with improving reading and writing.

Cliffside Park's 21CCLC Linking Achievement and Language (LAL) After School Program will offer a wide array of diverse course options for students that will link academic remediation, academic enrichment, positive youth development, cultural and arts, health, nutrition, fitness and physical activity, and parental involvement under the umbrella of improved English language acquisition. CPSD's LAL Program activities will address all four themes defined in the NGO--with the greatest focus on career readiness. The desired outcome is that all Cliffside Park Schools will attain AYP in Language Arts Literacy in the future.