Students with Academic Goals (SWAG)


Since 2003, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia has been providing engaging and quality-based out of school time and expanded learning opportunities for students in kindergarten through the fifth grade at our licensed child care centers housed at William Dick Elementary School and the Thomas May Pierce Elementary School.

Programming has been extended to include middle-aged youth through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at the following locations: Dimner Beeber Middle School, William Dick, Andrew Hamilton, and Thomas May Pierce Elementary Schools.

The Students with Academic Goals, or “SWAG” program, is an initiative in collaboration with the Franklin Institute and Pennsylvania Arts in Education Partnership. It serves students from inner-city neighborhood schools who require academic enrichment and personal development skills. Our program seeks to provide students with homework support, art and music education, character development, conflict resolution, cultural exposures, healthy life styles education, recreation, exercise/fitness, service learning, and community service.

franford_girls_webSWAG program students will be guided through curriculum which emphasizes 21st century learning skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and problem solving to overcome academic and social barriers. Our STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education removes the traditional barriers between the four/five disciplines, by integrating them into one cohesive teaching and learning paradigm. We deliver rigorous academic concepts with real-world lessons to make connections between school, community, work, and global communities.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to experience academic-related field trips, museum-based events and much more.

  • Science: Aerospace, Robotics, Green Energy
  • Technology: Video Game Design, Graphic Design
  • Engineering: Architectural Design
  • Arts: Visual and Performing Arts
  • Math: Algebra, Geometry, Statistical Analysis

Hours of Operation and Locations

All locations are open Monday through Thursday from 3:00PM to 6:00PM

Dimner Beeber Middle School
Coordinator: Jennifer Parks
5925 Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Andrew Hamilton School
Coordinator: Shelia Colson
5640 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

William Dick Elementary School
Coordinator: Kathy Verica
2498 West Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Thomas May Pierce Elementary School
Coordinator: Irene Marcus
2300 West Cambria Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

For more information, please contact:
Linda Wormley Meade

21st CCLCenters are funded by a grant from the PA Department of Education