Services and Benefits
From the moment 8th graders are accepted into achieve, they become a part of a large supportive family network that now includes over sixty alumni. achieve provides a wide range of support services and benefits to students and their families.
Need-based grants are awarded on a sliding scale. Partner schools provide additional tuition assistance. All families are expected to make some contribution toward tuition.
Individual funds are set up at the school to offset the cost of academic/school related expenses including books and uniforms.
The program monitors student progress and works with the school to provide needed support.
Workshops, often featuring guest speakers, are held at the school sites. Topics include careers, financial planning, study skills and public speaking.
As an integral part of our program, students attend theater, ballet, opera, symphony, and museum exhibits. Students receive background information and spend time reflecting on their experiences.
College Tours and Counseling
Throughout the four years in the program intensive college advising is provided. Juniors tour East Coast colleges in the fall semester and then begin individualized college counseling, test and college essay preparation which continues through summer and senior year.
All Achieve students complete a forty hour community service project each year.
Student mentoring & support
Students meet regularly at each school site in both large and small groups, as well as individual meetings with program staff.
Parent education & support
Regular family meetings are held at each school site. achieve staff make home visits and are available to support and counsel parents as they face the challenges of raising adolescents.
Paid summer internships
Summer internships are an opportunity for students to experience the work world. Students keep a small portion of their stipend while the remainder is placed in a personal savings account for college expenses.
Annual social events
Each year achieve hosts a Christmas Party for current students.