Since the organization’s inception in 2001, NCS has grown in size and scope of services, making meaningful contributions in supporting student achievement, illustrated in a 2010 report prepared by the Rhode Island Department of Education, The Rhode Island 21st CCLC Initiative – Supporting Student Success for Nearly a Decade. NCS’ work in improving academic outcomes was highlighted, notably the following:
- 46.3% of middle/high school students regularly attending NCS programs showed improvement in English
- 27% of middle school students improved from not proficient to proficient of better in mathematics
- 52% of middle school students improved their reading grades
- According to teachers, 100% of middle/high school students regularly attending improved classroom motivation
- NCS’s partnership with Rogers High School contributed to an increase of 10% in the graduation rate
In October 2011, NCS was honored during the Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) Breakfast of Champions, receiving RIASPA’s Lights On Afterschool Exemplary Program award. NCS was chose for its continued excellence in providing high-quality afterschool programming for the children and youth of Newport, as well as NCS’ continued commitment to excellence through evaluation, professional development and program growth.
More recently, NCS’ highly-effective partnership and linkages to its host schools, TMS and RHS, received national attention when the United States Department of Education (US DOE) selected NCS as one of fifteen programs in the county to be studied specifically around Increased Learning Time (ILT), developed strategies used to increase learning time and the total number of hours dedicated to engagement in core academic subjects, enrichment activities, in collaboration with host schools through joint planning and professional development.