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Higher Achievement provides a rigorous afterschool and summer academic program that gives youth from

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Photos from Higher Achievement - DC Metro's post 04/05/2024

Spotlight on a night at our Ward 6 Achievement Center: scholars worked one-on-one with tutors on a cause and effect writing prompt, and learned about aerodynamics through a STEM paper airplane activity.

Photos from Higher Achievement - DC Metro's post 04/03/2024

A great scholars versus mentors and staff basketball game at our Ward 4 Achievement Center!

In Community - Higher Achievement 03/27/2024

Community Meeting is an element of Higher Achievement's program model that builds camaraderie at center and bolsters scholars' social-emotional skills. During Community Meeting, scholars participate in discussions, games, and activities that help them practice self-awareness​, self-management​, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Scholars also have the opportunity to lead, learn new cultural perspectives, and collaborate with their peers.

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In Community - Higher Achievement Community Meeting is an element of Higher Achievement’s program model that builds camaraderie at center and develops scholars’ social-emotional skills that are critical for

Photos from Higher Achievement - DC Metro's post 03/25/2024

DC’s Attorney General Brian Schwalb recently visited our Ward 8 Achievement Center and led an engaging conversation with scholars including discussing examples of when scholars have argued or persuaded others about something they’re passionate about, where scholars feel safe/unsafe in their communities and why, and brainstorming solutions to issues in the community.

Higher Achievement scholars are often encouraged to speak up as advocates for themselves and their community. During his visit, Attorney General Schwalb shared an opportunity to do just that through the national Do The Write Thing program. Do the Write Thing is a writing program that gives middle school students the chance to speak out about how violence affects their lives and share their ideas about what must be done to stop it.

Scholars also had the opportunity to ask questions about what it’s like to be Attorney General for the city, what’s the toughest case he’s had, and gun laws in the city.

We are grateful to Attorney General Brian Schwalb and his staff for providing an incredible opportunity for our scholars!

02/09/2024

Greenbelt scholars learned about polymers and practiced their skills during a recent lab elective!

01/31/2024

The impact of Higher Achievement's support for our scholars is clear: in 2023, scholars reported a deep sense of belonging at Higher Achievement and earned strong grades in both English Language Arts and Math.

Our 2023 Report Card recognizes and celebrates scholars' achievements over the past year.

Our scholars’ commitment is remarkable. In 2024 and beyond, we will continue to honor this commitment and, together, carry out our vision to build a world where every child’s promise and potential are realized, regardless of circumstance.

Read more:https://higherachievement.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2023-Report-Card-DC-Metro.pdf

Photos from Higher Achievement - DC Metro's post 01/30/2024

Brookland scholars created memorable moments of camaraderie and shared joy during recent field trips to an escape room and roller skating rink. The energy and positivity exhibited by scholars made these outings an unforgettable experience, and fostered a sense of unity and teamwork. We look forward to more outings that bring out the vibrant spirit of our Brookland community!

01/26/2024

It's , and we're particularly grateful for our incredible volunteer mentors who contribute to our scholars' sense of belonging and educational success. They encourage and support scholars during their formative middle school years and form lasting bonds along the way.

Learn more about mentoring on our website: https://higherachievement.org/become-a-mentor/

12/31/2023

It's not too late to make your investment in the bright futures of Higher Achievement's middle school scholars! For alumni like Katrina, Higher Achievement offered critical encouragement and opportunity at just the right time.

During her time in the program, Katrina entered a speech competition at the encouragement of Higher Achievement staff. She spent hours writing, memorizing, and preparing to present her speech. “It was a huge opportunity for me,” says Katrina. “It gave me a platform for my innate communications skills to shine.”

Finally, the day of the speech competition arrived. Katrina stepped up to perform her speech: a reflection of her family’s history. She passionately recounted her grandfather’s background and how, despite having a 5th-grade education himself, he put five children through college – two of whom went on to become doctors. “I got emotional as I performed the speech,” remembers Katrina. “I have this family history of achievement, and Higher Achievement helped me express it.”

Higher Achievement gives scholars a platform to build confidence in their abilities. Your gift made today helps scholars like Katrina share their talents with the world.

Make your gift: https://higherachievement.org/future/

12/30/2023

Higher Achievement encourages middle school scholars to explore their interests and begin to imagine where their talents will lead them. By 8th grade, scholars graduate Higher Achievement equipped with the confidence, tools, and encouragement to pursue their ambitions in high school, college, and career. This support is possible because of your generous gifts.

"While the change to middle school was big, I think the change to high school will be bigger," Malachi reflected in an essay looking back on his Higher Achievement experience. "I'm nervous, but I think I'm better prepared for it because of the four years of working hard in Higher Achievement.”

Will you make a gift today to help our middle school scholars prepare for the bright futures ahead of them?

https://higherachievement.org/future/

12/29/2023

As 2023 comes to a close, we are incredibly grateful for all the opportunities your support has enabled us to offer scholars.

Thanks to you:
🎓 Scholars strengthened their academic talents.
🎓 Scholars expanded their horizons through dozens of engaging electives and field trips.
🎓 Scholars prepared socially and academically for high school with weekly support from caring mentors.

In the coming year, there will be more opportunities to build on these successes and advance educational equity for the next generation. We hope you will join us as we seek to create a world where all young people's promise and potential are realized, regardless of circumstance.

Consider making a gift today to invest in this vision. Your gift – no matter the size – makes a significant impact: https://higherachievement.org/future/

12/27/2023

Scholars feel a strong sense of belonging and self-efficacy at Higher Achievement.

We compared 2023 scholar-reported surveys with a 2023 Bellwether study, Students Speak, of over 5,000 students in DC from grades 3-12 and found that:

💚 91% of scholars in Higher Achievement indicated that they feel safe when in the program, compared to only 24% of students in grades 6-12 in the study who said they feel safe at their school.
💚 86% of our scholars felt a sense of belonging at Higher Achievement, compared to 43% of 6-12th graders in the study who said they felt a sense of belonging in school.
💚 87% of our scholars had favorable responses regarding self-efficacy, compared to 45% of 6th-12th graders in the study.

Our academic and social-emotional support prepares scholars to bring to life their dreams for high school, college, and career.

Will you make a gift today to support this work? https://higherachievement.org/future/

12/22/2023

With your support, Higher Achievement offers transformational educational and social support for 5th-8th grade scholars. Our proven program model makes a significant impact.

In the past school year, scholars had the highest grade outcomes we've seen in over five years.

89% of scholars maintained an A or B grade or increased a letter grade in English Language Arts, and 83% did so in math.

Your gifts are an investment in their talents and bright futures. Make your gift today: https://higherachievement.org/future/

12/20/2023

Consider making a gift today to expand access to opportunities for the next generation.

Thanks to your support, over the past year Higher Achievement scholars visited museums, toured colleges, and explored future career interests through engaging electives. Experiences like these broaden scholars' horizons and offer them the chance to consider endless possibilities for their futures.

Opportunities offered at just the right time can be life-changing. Thanks to your support, Higher Achievement scholars can tap into the full range of possibilities ahead of them.

Make your impact: https://higherachievement.org/future/

11/29/2023

It is during scholars’ middle school years that their dreams for the future begin to take shape. This Giving Tuesday, consider giving a gift that will help bring these dreams to life.

Higher Achievement’s proven model equips scholars to pursue their biggest ambitions. Last year 83% of Higher Achievement scholars maintained an A or B or improved a letter grade in English Language Arts, and 78% did so in Math.

Our middle school scholars are leaders in their schools and communities, and your generosity offers them a platform to develop their talents.

Gifts of all size make a big impact! Make your gift now at www.higherachievement.org/future

Photos from Higher Achievement - DC Metro's post 11/28/2023

Meaningful relationships and opportunities offered during the formative middle school years are life-changing.

For Higher Achievement alum Jasmine, the college exposure at Higher Achievement helped broaden her horizons and secure her a full ride to a four-year university where she began this fall.

“Higher Achievement got me started thinking early on about where I wanted to go to college. I see lots of kids my age now who don’t have the same readiness for college,” says Jasmine.

Higher Achievement's rigorous academic enrichment program exposes scholars to new interests and career paths through engaging curriculum, electives, and field trips.

Please join us in supporting the bright futures of our scholars. Your gift – no matter the size – is a significant investment in the next generation.

Make your impact: https://higherachievement.org/future/

11/27/2023

Tomorrow is your chance to invest in the bright futures of the next generation.

Higher Achievement's middle school scholars are poised to step into their talents as future educators, activists, artists, and innovators.

With your generosity on Giving Tuesday, Higher Achievement's proven programming can support scholars as they sharpen their skills and build confidence in their academic abilities.

11/21/2023

During this season of gratitude—and always—we are thankful for YOU. You are part of the vital community of support surrounding our scholars as they navigate their formative middle school years.

The entire Higher Achievement community—mentors, scholars, families, school partners, and donors—plays a crucial role in advancing opportunities for the next generation. What brings us together is a shared commitment to advance educational equity. Together, we are closing the opportunity gap for young people.

Thank you for all you do.

11/08/2023

See you tonight at Going Places 2023 as we celebrate our scholars and recognize the families, mentors, and community champions who support them along the way.

We look forward to reflecting, connecting, and sharing how we each play a role in strengthening our core values.

Photos from Higher Achievement - DC Metro's post 11/07/2023

We are grateful to and its team of 40 volunteers who supported over 100 scholars during their EY Connect Day of service!

At our Ward 4 and Ward 6 Achievement Centers, teams from EY created a fun and engaging financial literacy game that had scholars excited to learn about saving, spending, and managing money wisely. At our Brookland Achievement Center host school, Brookland Middle School, the team from EY helped beautify six student bathrooms to create a welcoming environment for all students. To top it off, volunteers also wrote 40 letters of encouragement to remind scholars that middle school is a place of adventure, to make new friends, and to find out who they are.

Thank you, EY, for all you do for Higher Achievement scholars and our community!

11/01/2023

Higher Achievement has a demonstrated history of impact over the past 48 years, supporting hundreds of 5th-8th grade scholars each year across Alexandria, VA, DC, and Prince George’s County as they develop as learners and leaders.

Our work at Higher Achievement is grounded in our five core values: scholar centricity, voice and inclusion, racial equity, power of community, and striving for greatness.

We all play a role in living out these core values. With your support, we can strengthen our core values to expand our impact to serve more scholars and deepen connections within our partner communities.

Learn more at our Going Places event on November 8 and make your impact!

https://higherachievement.org/events/going-places/going-places-2023/

10/27/2023

There are less than two weeks to go until our annual Going Places celebration fundraiser, and there's still time to get your ticket!

Together we'll reflect, connect, and share how we each play a role in strengthening Higher Achievement’s core values. During the evening, we'll celebrate the dedication, passion, and talent of Higher Achievement scholars and recognize the families, mentors, and community champions who support them along the way.

You won't want to miss this evening of scholar and alumni speakers, food, drinks, and engaging activities!

Learn more and get your ticket today: https://higherachievement.org/events/going-places/going-places-2023/

10/18/2023

Higher Achievement’s targeted programming supports students during their formative middle school years through small group high school readiness mentoring, rigorous academic enrichment, and social-emotional skill-building. During their time in the program, scholars strengthen their academic talents, with 70% of scholars maintaining an A or B or improving a letter grade in English Language Arts, and 68% doing the same in math.

Higher Achievement offers life-changing opportunities for scholars like Sofia, who shared: “Higher Achievement helped me put myself out there more. Seeing how much I’ve grown just from being here is amazing to me. Higher Achievement has brought out the best in me. This is a safe place where you can be fully who you are.”

You can make a gift today to support this significant work: https://higherachievement.org/support/donate/

10/11/2023

🍏 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: KATRINA 🍏

During her time at Higher Achievement, Katrina McDow entered a speech competition at the encouragement of Higher Achievement staff. She spent hours writing, memorizing, and preparing to present her speech. “It was a huge opportunity for me,” says Katrina. “It gave me a platform for my innate communications skills to shine. It also exposed me very early on to competition and how to overcome feelings of nerves.”

Finally, the day of the speech competition arrived. Katrina stepped up to perform her speech: a reflection on her and her family’s history. She passionately recounted her grandfather’s background and how, despite having a 5th-grade education himself, he put five children through college – two of whom went on to become doctors. “I got emotional as I performed the speech,” remembers Katrina. “I have this family history of achievement, and Higher Achievement helped me express it.”

Read more: https://higherachievement.org/alumni-spotlight-katrina/

10/04/2023

Save the date for Higher Achievement's annual Going Places event on November 8 at the MLK Library!

Going Places is a fundraising event celebrating the dedication, passion, and talent of Higher Achievement scholars and recognizing the families, mentors, and community champions who support them along the way. The event will feature scholar and alumni speakers, food, drinks, and engaging activities. Together we will reflect, connect, and share how we each play a role in strengthening Higher Achievement’s core values.

Learn more and get your ticket: https://higherachievement.org/events/going-places/going-places-2023/

09/27/2023

One of Higher Achievement’s five core values is key to the experience scholars share at center. That value—voice and inclusion—encourages scholars to speak up and shape their time at Higher Achievement as they develop into confident leaders.

Practicing leadership and speaking up at center prepares scholars to advocate in their schools, communities, and beyond.

Equal to the power of voice is the power to listen. Staff and mentors at Higher Achievement actively listen to and support scholars based on their expressed academic and social needs.

Read more: https://higherachievement.org/scholar-voice-and-choice/

09/18/2023

Higher Achievement staff spent the summer preparing to support scholars in the 2023-2024 school year. As part of our core value commitment to strive for greatness, we continually learn and improve through the use of a range of qualitative and quantitative data sources and thoughtful reflection in order to help our scholars, staff, and organization achieve their goals.

James Morgan, Higher Achievement Managing Director of Program, and Milan Harris, Higher Achievement Learning Director, recently reflected on how we create our organizational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through an inclusive process that meets the unique needs of our scholars, families, and communities.

Read more: https://higherachievement.org/striving-for-greatness-grounded-in-inclusion/

09/13/2023

Our theme for the 2023-24 academic year is Strengthening Our Core! We’re going deeper with intentionality and strategy, and we’re leaning harder on the core values that set us apart from other organizations:

• Scholar-Centricity
• Racial Equity
• Voice & Inclusion
• Power of Community
• Striving for Greatness

We can’t Strengthen Our Core without YOU. Over the next few months, you’ll hear from us and learn how you can help Higher Achievement have an impactful 2023-24 school year.

Learn more: https://higherachievement.org/strengthening-our-core-a-vision-for-higher-achievement-dc-metro/

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