How It Works

Afterschool Academy

Receive homework coaching, an elective, dinner, and two hours of intensive small-group academic mentoring in math, literature, and seminars.


Summer Academy

Take classes in math, literature, science, and social studies, plus field trips and college visits.



Identify and successfully transition to your best high school or program, while receiving continued support from staff and mentors.

Who We Serve


At Higher Achievement, we call our middle school students “scholars.” Why? Because they are motivated, inspired, and looking to bridge the opportunity gap in their communities.  Our scholars enter Higher Achievement with a range of academic performance levels and with varied levels of support inside and outside of their school. But all of our scholars leave our program with a strong belief in our four social justice pillars: voice, freedom, justice, and solidarity. Our organization commitment to these principles drive us to purposefully serve communities that lack opportunity. Our scholar population, with a demographic makeup of  75% African-American and 12% Latino, reflects the communities that we serve.

Partner Criteria


Why middle school?
Half of students who drop out of high school do so right after middle school. Higher Achievement creates lasting change by putting individual students on a path to success during these critical years.

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For Scholars & Families

Higher Achievement asks students to commit 650 additional hours per year for all four years of middle school (5th-8th grade).

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For Mentors

1 Night Per Week
2 Hours Per Night
3 Scholars – You can make a difference!

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