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Higher Achievement DC Metro Expands to Prince George’s County

Higher Achievement, a leading education advancement program for middle school youth, announced today that the DC Metro affiliate will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, to celebrate the opening of a new Achievement Center at Greenbelt Middle School in Greenbelt, MD. This is Higher Achievement’s first foray into Prince George’s County. The Greenbelt center will be the site of Higher Achievement’s six-week summer program (June 24 – July 31) as well as an afterschool academy corresponding with the next school year. Higher Achievement, with affiliates in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Richmond, and Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that prepares middle school students from underserved areas for high school, college, and beyond.

“Higher Achievement’s expansion into Prince George’s county is driven by need,” said Thalia Washington, Higher Achievement DC Metro Executive Director. “There is a significant need in the county for our approach to serving middle school students. Prince George’s County Public Schools is serious about investing in high quality out-of-school time programming, and we are answering the call.”

Higher Achievement has officially partnered with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) on the launch of the Greenbelt Middle School Achievement Center. “We are excited to partner with Higher Achievement to help improve outcomes and opportunities for more middle school students. Higher Achievement’s emphasis on both academic achievement and social emotional learning aligns with our goal of helping students prepare to meet the demands of college and careers,” said Dr. Monica E. Goldson, Interim Chief Executive Officer, PGCPS.

2U, Inc., a global leader in educational technology headquartered in Lanham, MD, is one of the center’s inaugural sponsors. “We believe in the transformational power of higher education,” said 2U Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer David Sutphen. “We are proud to sponsor the Greenbelt Achievement Center, located near 2UHQ in Prince George’s County, because it provides local middle school students with the kinds of opportunities that lead to long-term academic success.”
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MGM National Harbor is also an inaugural sponsor of Higher Achievement’s Greenbelt Center, and Starlet Hunter, Director Community Engagement, will attend the ribbon cutting on July 2. School Board of Education Member Joshua M. Thomas (District 2), County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and members of the Prince George’s County Council also plan to attend.

Higher Achievement DC Metro currently operates seven achievement centers across the region (Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and Alexandria, VA). The Greenbelt Achievement Center will serve 60 sixth and seventh grade students and beginning this fall will include 30 volunteer mentors recruited from local businesses, universities, and residents. Higher Achievement scholars spend hundreds of hours in middle school during the summer and afterschool participating in academic classes and enrichment activities and working with mentors in preparation for placement in rigorous high schools and ultimately on the path to graduating from college.

Event Details
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Program: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Classroom tours: 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Greenbelt Middle School
6301 Breezewood Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770