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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Summer Rewind

Summer Academy has come to an end, but what a summer it has been! Whether it was splashing down a waterslide at Settler’s Cabin’s Wave Pool or…

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DC Scholars featured on GW Law blog

Middle School Students Visit GW Law for a Mock Trial
Published on 8.8.17 | bit.ly/2vFMM3m | GW Law
Middle schools students of the D.C. Higher…

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Higher Achievement Scholar on iHeartRadio

Seventh grader, Talia B. had the unique chance to record a public service announcement (PSA) on how important summer programs are to her. Talia’s PSA…

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Higher Achievement Alumna speaks on Capitol Hill

Thanks to our partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, Higher Achievement alumna and rising high school senior Diana Ortiz…

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Chief of Programs on Kojo Nnamdi Show

How Parents Can Combat ‘Summer Slide’ Over Vacation
Aired on 7.19.17 | Kojo Nnamdi Show | bit.ly/2v2Zqso
Studies show that kids experience…

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