Office of Shared Accountability Reports

Formative Evaluation of ACES Program at MCPS Year Two: Student and Parent Experiences


The Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program is a collaboration between MCPS, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove to create a seamless pathway from high school to college completion; it targets students who are underrepresented in higher education, the first in their family to attend college, or both. As one of a series of reports about ACES, this document focuses on the second year (2014-2015) of participants at MCPS. Specifically, this formative report describes the second group of Grade 11 and 12 ACES students at MCPS, the extent of parent participation in program activities, and perceptions of the program by ACES students and their parents.


  • Provide more parent communication, ensuring that financial information is included.
  • Continue to seek ways for students to meet with their coaches throughout the year and provide opportunities for students to participate in workshops they weren't able to attend.
  • Encourage more male students to apply to ACES.
  • Consider replacing students who are accepted to the program in the spring of their sophomore year and then exit the program over the summer.

    File Name: FINAL Formative Report of ACES MCPS Year Two.pdf (900KB PDF)