40 Stories

In honor of our anniversary, we have selected 40 exceptional alumni, mentors, donors, staff members, and board members to profile as part of our 40 Stories Project. These scholars and supporters range from famous comedians to successful accountants to award-winning poets to respected lawyers – and everywhere in between.

Meet Howard

“I put in what they put in,” says mentor Howard Johnson, referring to his 401K mentoring plan where he matches his scholars investment in their education, just like companies do for their employees. Howard asks that scholars put their all into advancing their academics and becoming leaders in their community. In return, Howard commits to being a mentor that will go above and beyond in supporting them.

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Proven Results



Graduate high school on time

That is 20% higher than the average graduation rates in our cities.

Randomized trial study

Gains from participation in Higher Achievement equaled 48 extra school days in math and 30 extra school days in reading per year.



Higher Achievement scholars either improve their grades or maintain A’s and B’s


There is no doubt that Higher Achievement is the most effective after school and summer program in the country.

Dr. Leigh Linden

University of Texas, Austin

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In The News

When You Least Expect It: Green Apple Awards 2017

“And when you least expect it, you are rewarded for the things that you have done.” -Anonymous
On April 27, Higher Achievement celebrated…

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Green Apple Awards Scholar Spotlight

Next Thursday in DC, Higher Achievement is hosting our seventeenth annual Green Apple Awards to celebrate the graduation of our eighth grade scholars,…

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Budget cuts will impact our scholars! Take action.

Federal and local funds supporting Higher Achievement are in jeopardy and the Baltimore City Public Schools system is facing a deficit not just this…

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Richmond Green Apple Awards + Graduation

Each year, Higher Achievement celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of our 8th grade scholars at the Green Apple Awards. This year Richmond will…

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Hill District Scholars Take Home the Trophy!

On April 8, 2017, three of our Hill District Achievement Center scholars, Taylor, Samara, & Quay – team name “The Adorkables” – won Best Design in…

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