Dedicated to closing the opportunity gap, Higher Achievement serves more than 500 academically motivated middle-schoolers from under-resourced communities, providing them with rigorous year-round learning, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations. All students participate in the program’s three components – a serious commitment that results in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. At the Afterschool Academy, volunteer mentors offer tutoring and small-group instruction three times per week, paired with a hands-on, educational elective – and a healthy supper. To combat learning loss, a six-week Summer Academy includes core academic classes as well as field trips and college visits. And finally, high school placement services help scholars advance to college-preparatory schools. 95% of participants graduate from high school on time (compared with 68% citywide). For these determined scholars, your help means success in high school and beyond.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; VA-City of Alexandria; Ward 1, DC; Ward 4, DC; Ward 6, DC; Ward 7, DC; Ward 8, DC; Alexandria, VA
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American; Other
Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students
Schools They Work In: Marie Reed Elementary; Brightwood Education Campus; Eliot-Hine Middle School; Kelly Miller Middle School; Achievement Prep Academy; Kramer Middle School; Cesar Chavez - Parkside Middle School; Hammond Middle School (Alexandria, VA)
Awards & Recognition
2014 - Recipient of $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education
2013 - Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating
2012 - Social Impact Exchange S&I 100: Named one of the top 100 most impactful nonprofits in the United States
2011 - MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award from the Afterschool Alliance
2009 - White House: Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities
2006 - Johns Hopkins University: Excellence in Summer Learning Award
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Higher Achievement is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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