Out-of-School Time Strategic Partner
75% of Higher Achievement scholars in Pittsburgh show gains in math.
Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We work to close
the achievement gap for motivated - yet underserved - students from low-income communities. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As students prepare to graduate from our program in the 8th grade, we help them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.
Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, as a grassroots effort to create learning opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement’s award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org.
Higher Achievement Pittsburgh serves over 130 middle school scholars in grades 5-8 in the Homewood, West End, and Hill District neighborhoods. Each year, Higher Achievement Pittsburgh operates Afterschool Academy and Summer Academy. In Afterschool Academy (October-May), scholars participate in study hall, enrichment activities, and small group academic mentoring with a focus on math, ELA, and college and career preparation. In Summer Academy (June-August), scholars participate in Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies coursework, engage in enrichment activities, and visit multiple colleges and places of employment throughout the summer to learn about local college and career options.