Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES)

The ACES student support program is a program that creates a seamless pathway from high school to college completion. ACES provides academic coaches to targeted high school students in ten Montgomery County Public High Schools (including Kennedy High School), at all three Montgomery College campus locations, and at the Universities at Shady Grove. The coaches provide both academic and student support, using a case management approach. Coaches meet individually with students and provide:

  • Test preparation
  • Tutoring
  • Assistance with college applications and financial aid/scholarship applications
  • College visits
  • College transfer workshops
  • Other support services as needed

ACES coaches identify and neutralize barriers to student success that may prevent a student from degree completion.

The ACES program application is open from October 1st through December 20, 2019, for qualifying grade 10 students. The online application and admission criteria are available on the ACES website. Please contact the ACES Academic Coach, Mr. Joram Regis, for more information. To learn about the program, you may also attend one of the ACES Information Night sessions on October 28, 29 or 30, 2019, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Montgomery College. Sessions will be presented in English and Spanish. Advanced registration is preferred.

La aplicación del programa ACES está disponible del 1 de octubre al 20 de diciembre de 2019 para estudiantes en el grado 10. La aplicación y los criterios de admisión están disponibles por medio del sitio web de ACES. Para obtener más información, puedes contactar al Mr. Joram Regis, ACES Academic Coach. Para aprender mas del programa, pueden asistir un taller llamado Noche de Información de ACES, los días 28, 29 o 30 de octubre de 2019 de 7 a 8:30 p.m. en Montgomery College. Los talleres se presentarán en inglés y español. Por favor, registrarse con anticipación.

Admission Criteria to the ACES Program | What You Need to Know

The ACES Program is a free program and seeks to serve students who are:

  • First generation in their family to attend and graduate from a college or university in the Unites States
  • Students who are historically underrepresented in higher education
  • Presence of a physical and/or learning disability
  • Single parent household
  • Low income (falls below the poverty line as defined by the State of Maryland) 
  • Immigrant or child of an immigrant
  • A ward of the State

The application period for the 2020-2021 school year are now available for students who are presently in the 10th grade. The application will not be reviewed until a completed Program Consent Form is submitted to Joram Regis. You may contact Mr. Regis by email at, call 240-863-8165, or in room 109 at the school.

Joram Regis, JFK ACES Coach

Mr. Regis grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he graduated from Sarah J. Hale High School. He is a proud graduate of Norfolk State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree and Masters of Arts in Education.

He’s been an educator for more than 16 years, starting his career as a professional school counselor at Booker T. Washington High School. He is also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He worked with several high schools to facilitate and monitor parent engagement programs and pupil personnel services.

Most recently, he worked as an Educational Consultant and Instructional Designer for several colleges and research hospitals. His educational philosophy is that “ALL” students, regardless of background or circumstances, must continue on to post-secondary education.