For more than 45 years, Higher Achievement has partnered with scholars, families, and school districts to implement academic and social-emotional programming with proven results. Scholars bring their talent to programming every day and it is our privilege to provide them with navigational capital and encouragement.

  • 95 percent of our scholars graduate high school on time and ready to pursue their post-secondary goals
  • 63 percent of our scholars show positive grade impacts
  • Our scholars gain an extra 48 school days in math and 30 school days in reading per year through participating in our program.

Take a look at our results

Higher Achievement has done the research. Through a random-controlled trial study, external researchers compared Higher Achievement scholars with a control group of program-eligible students to evaluate the long-term impact of our unique approach.

Our scholars’ success is proof of what our program can do: participation in Higher Achievement had a statistically significant effect in standardized test scores, certain types of family engagement, and placement in top high schools and avoidance of struggling high schools.

Stories of Impact

Higher Achievement recognizes influential voices in our community—those who have lifted our scholars higher and those who have taught us more about what it means to be in the Higher Achievement family.

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Randomized Control Studies

Higher Achievement has been the subject of two randomized controlled trial studies, both of which demonstrate statistically significant effect in academics.  This research places Higher Achievement in a select set of nonprofits.  Only 2% of nonprofit organizations have undergone these expensive and cumbersome RCTs, and of those only 10% have positive results.

2020 Study

Study Briefing from CEO Lynsey Wood Jeffries
Study Executive Summary
Full Study Report

2013 Study

Study Fact Sheet
Study Summary
Full Study Report
Two-Year Study Results
Summer Results

“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