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About A Cut Above (ACA)

A Cut Above (ACA) is an after-school program for scholars in grades K-8 that cultivates a culture of excellence through personal and social development, academic support, health and wellness, STEM and arts enrichments, and community service. ACA empowers scholars to become positive leaders throughout high school and beyond. 

A Cut Above scholars enjoy enrichments and opportunities in three focus areas:

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Personal & Social Development

Scholars learn to navigate social dynamics and embrace growth and change.

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STEM and Arts Enrichemnts

Scholars engage in STEM and arts enrichments, igniting curiosity and developing their passions.

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Health & Wellness

Scholars learn how to practice self-care and healthy coping mechanisms so they can be their best selves.

A Cut Above Offerings

Personal & Social Development

  • Workshops in dance, music production, vocal music, STEAM, athletics, literature, and entrepreneurship
  • Community service opportunities
  • Teen leadership groups
  • Annual college tours
  • Annual bonding retreats in New York and New Jersey
  • Support for transitioning to middle and high school
  • Character Development workshops
  • Trips

Academic Support

  • Homework assistance from our Academic Support Unit
  • Subject-based tutoring
  • IEP support


  • Activities with Healthy Harlem
  • Athletics
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