59% of DC students graduate high school. 9% graduate college. Significantly lower than the national average, Higher Achievement, an after-school academy, seeks to change these numbers by supporting the district’s students through mentorship programs and study guidance through middle school.
Middle school is a strange transitional time. High Achievement smooths this transition through connecting supportive community leaders and adults with middle school students. Volunteers mentor small group of scholars in math, literature, or high school placement subjects once a week for 2 hours throughout the entire school year. Support your DC ward, VA or Maryland community by supporting our youth in the early stages of their academic career!
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“Higher Achievement‘s rigorous afterschool and summer academic program closes the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities. The program’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. On average, 95 percent of scholars who complete Higher Achievement advance to top academic high school programs and 93 percent advance to college.
Higher Achievement was founded in Washington, DC in 1975 and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; and Pittsburgh, PA. Higher Achievement is funded by support from foundations, businesses, government, and individuals. The organization has been honored with numerous national and local awards.
Higher Achievement is a champion of three principles: talent is everywhere, intellect is built through effort, and opportunities matter.”
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