ACE After School Program

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Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program is one of the largest statewide after-school programs in the country. The district provides tutorials for students before and after school, enrichment activities for students to explore science, technology, and the arts. In addition, the district provides activities and training that help families support their students to be successful at school. The overarching goal of the program is to foster each student's academic success by improving attendance, behavior, and academics which lead to grade-level promotion, graduation and helping students be more prepared for college and the workplace.

DeSoto ISD offers a free after-school program at each of our six (6) elementary campuses for grades K-5 and also at three (3) middle school campus sites for grades 6-8. The program will be academic and enrichment based and will allow the students to extend their studies and grow socially through a consistent structure from the district. 

The ACE Afterschool Program is a free, federally funded program and enrollment is on a first come first serve basis per grade levels.  Each grade level will have a number of slots to fill.  Once filled, parents will go onto a wait-list which has a limited number of spots.  

The following campus sites will have open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year:  

  • Cockrell Hill Elementary
  • Meadows Elementary
  • Moates Elementary
  • Woodridge Elementary
  • Ruby Young Elementary
  • Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy
  • DeSoto East Middle School
  • DeSoto West Middle School
  • McCowan Middle School


Prior to enrolling your child on August 17h, please note the following information below as it pertains to the online enrollment link:  

  • The enrollment form must have the student's ID number entered on the application or it will not be clear for submission.
  • The enrollment form must have the correct grade level - incorrect grade level on the application could remove your child from being enrolled for the school year.
  • Medical and contact information must be current and entered on the enrollment form.  Any areas left "blank" will not clear for submission. 

Important Note: If you have not received confirmation from the district on what campus your child will be attending in the fall, please notify the DeSoto ISD Administration Office so they can assist you prior to August 17th.

Family Engagement

The Texas ACE Program is built on the philosophy that parents must be involved in the child’s education. Various parent involvement activities and parenting workshops will be available throughout the year.

Family Engagement Meetings will occur every quarter starting in October, January, and April at each campus.

For more information on Parent Workshop, please contact Monica Davis, Family Engagement Specialist at

Campus Contacts: 

Cockrell Hill – 972-230-1692

Frank D. Moates – 972-230-2881

Katherine Johnson - 972-274-8026

The Meadows – 972-224-0960

Ruby Young – 972-223-6505

Woodridge – 972-223-3800

East - 972-223-0690

McCowan - 972-274-8090

West - 972-230-1820