Staying Connected and Engaged

As schools plan for virtual learning, your support enables us to deeply understand and meet the urgent personal and academic needs of our scholars and their families.  

Over the summer, Achievement Center teams have reached out to every scholar and their family for one-on-one scholar-led meetings, giving scholars the opportunity to reflect on the shift to virtual learning and define goals for the year ahead. The resulting action plan empowers scholars to own their goals and pursue their aspirations with the support of their families, mentors, and Higher Achievement.   

These family meetings are a key component of Higher Achievement’s strategic focus on preparation for and placement in competitive high schools. Scholars, mentors, and Center staff revisit action plans throughout the year, providing individualized support for scholars in the pursuit of their academic goals, identifying challenges they may face on the way and providing tools to overcome those challenges. 

As schools make plans for the fall, Higher Achievement staff are attending partner meetings with schools, principals, and teachers to advocate on behalf our scholars and their families and identify areas where Higher Achievement can offer support. Conversations with families help inform these plans and keep the needs of our scholars first.  

School resources are limited, and the strain of virtual learning is creating barriers to education like never before. Higher Achievement is stepping in to fill the gaps and to ensure scholars remain engaged with their education and connected to peers and caring adults. 

With distance learning widening the achievement gap, your support is a critical investment in the success of our DC Metro scholars.