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About A Cut Above

A Cut Above (ACA) is a dynamic after-school program dedicated to serving youth in Harlem during their middle school years. We realize that children in this age range are experiencing a unique time in their journey. Our intention is to be a steady and guiding force that teaches them the skills to navigate their middle school years. We want them to take smart, calculated risks and become fearless adventurers with us.

Our mission at ACA is to cultivate a culture of excellence through personal and social development, community service, academic enrichment, and exposure to the arts. This broad exposure encourages students to exceed expectations and become positive leaders throughout high school and beyond.

We serve the middle school population in Central Harlem in a variety of ways. Our three focus areas are Personal & Social Development, Academic Enrichment, and Wellness. Our A Cut Above team works closely with our youth to reiterate the importance of avoiding reckless or destructive behaviors and, instead, choosing to stay focused on their goals and futures. We also assist them in building their social-emotional awareness as they strive for success and overcome setbacks.

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Personal & Social Development

Helping students navigate social dynamics and prepare for growth and change.

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Academic Enrichment

Supporting students as academics become more challenging.

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We are guiding students to practice self-care and healthy coping mechanisms.

Our Services and Offerings

Personal & Social Development

  • Teen Leadership groups
  • Exposure opportunities
  • Annual college tours
  • Annual bonding retreats in New York and New Jersey
  • Workshops in various content areas
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Students on a college campus tour trip at the University of Maryland.

High School Readiness

  • High school application process guidance
  • High school transition workshops
  • HCZ Pipeline events
  • Middle school-High school networking events
  • High school transition workshops for parents

Academic Enrichment

  • Homework assistance
  • Subject-based tutoring
  • IEP support

Community Service

  • 2 to 3 community service opportunities per semester for all students


Serving students from 23 different middle schools


A comprehensive program that operates 5 days a week

Enrichment Activities

  • Teen Summit
  • Dance
  • Music production
  • Vocal music
  • STEM
  • Art
  • Sports activities
  • Book club
  • Teen entrepreneurship


Want to learn more? We’ve love to connect!

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