Angel Benjamin ‘19
achieve has not only helped me to have so many new privileges, experiences and opportunities I never dreamed of having, but the people there are making sure that I am the best I can be, and that I can succeed in whatever I try to do in life.”

Melissa Cervantes ‘17
“The greatest impact the achieve Program has had on my life is that it has helped me step out of my comfort zone and try new and challenging things that I never thought I would be able to do.”

Jolly Curameng ‘19
“As an incoming 9th grader, the summer school program really helped me to prepare for the upcoming school year. During the summer program, I was taught various reading and writing techniques, given an interesting and fun academic experience, and made new friends”

Fernando Delgado ‘18
“The achieve program taught me that giving back is and should be a part of your life. If you do not give back, then you may never receive the truly valuable things in life, such as happiness and fulfillment.”

Gaby Nunez ‘17
"achieve has taught me that giving back and helping other is something you should do all of your life. It gives you a feeling of happiness when you see others smile and hearing that your actions have benefited the people in your community."
Javier Garay
Javier Garay ‘17
"The achieve summer experiences have really helped me by keeping me productive during a time of year when itís easy not to be, and by creating positive learning habits that will not only help me in school, but in the real world as well.”

Marah Trujillo ‘17
achieve has had a huge impact in my life. One of the biggest things it has helped me with is stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things that I never thought I could do.”

Jose Rico ‘18
achieve taught me to help others and to see others as equals, no matter what their circumstances or condition might be.”
Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are currently being served?

Over 80 students at four schools (Archbishop Riordan High School and Mercy High School in San Francisco, Holy Names High School in Oakland, and St. Joseph's Notre Dame High School in Alameda).

What kind of students are you looking for?
Aside from documented financial need and excellent grades (minimum 3.0 GPA), the main criterion for selection is extraordinary motivation. achieve students must be willing to put in the enormous time and effort required to change their destinies. The majority of students in our program will be first-generation college students.

What kind of financial/family information does achieve require?
We need information pertaining to gross family income, number of people in the household, and any extenuating circumstances that would affect the family’s ability to pay tuition. Generally we are looking for families that meet the government definition of poverty or low income. Only students who complete the high school financial aid process will be considered for the achieve program.

What is the expectation of the financial responsibility of the family?
Every family is expected to make a financial contribution toward tuition. This contribution is calculated on a sliding scale as determined by the financial aid report and information gathered through interviews.

What is the interview process?
Parents and students are interviewed by Mrs. Bakar, an achieve staff member and a representative from the partner school.