A tuition-free, academically demanding, private middle school (grades 5-8), Washington Jesuit Academy is all about improving the odds for low-income, at-risk boys. Now in its 15th year, WJA has nearly 250 alumni – 99% of whom are enrolled in or have graduated from high school. And while only 17% of low-income minority students in DC go on to enroll in college, over 70% of WJA alumni do. How does it happen? WJA is a one-stop shop that integrates character education, health and nutrition, counseling services, and mentoring into an eleven-hour school day, along with a six-week Summer Enrichment Program. Students play after-school sports, attend evening study hall, eat three nutritious meals with their classmates, and meet with a teacher-mentor each day to discuss challenges and triumphs. In the short term, WJA prepares every student for DC’s college preparatory schools; and in the long-term, it supports them through the high school and undergraduate years, on the road to college graduation. You can be part of a transformative four years for boys who deserve a better life.