Step 1: Meet Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for the program, students must meet achieve eligibility criteria in addition to the acceptance criteria of a partner school. Since achieve is a four-year high school program, students apply beginning in October of their eighth grade year. All students must submit a recommendation by their middle school principal, counselor or approved program director.


Our online application will be available on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

Step One


Students and their families must meet the eligibility requirements below in order to be considered for the program. Students and families should attend Open House or tour the school, and it is recommended that all applicants complete a shadow visit at the school.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Student must be an 8th grader applying to a partner high school.  achieve only accepts students who can participate in all four years of the program at one of our four partner schools.
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative 7th-8th grade GPA of 3.0.  Although the majority of achieve students far exceed this requirement, the selection for the program is based on the total individual.
  • Student must possess leadership potential and a strong motivation to excel academically.  achieve seeks out motivated students who are willing to put in the extra time and effort needed to be a part of the total program for four years.
  • The family must demonstrate and document financial need.  achieve serves low-income, underserved families who otherwise could not afford to send their children to private schools. While achieve provides a four-year scholarship, students must apply for financial aid each year. All families must make some contribution toward tuition.
  • Student should be a first-generation college student.  First-generation students are defined as those whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) do not have a four-year college degree.
  • Student must be a permanent resident or U.S. citizen.

Student Testimonials

  • This program has helped me not only create and achieve goals I would not have fathomed possible for myself, it has also shown me that the limits to my success are as boundless as I desire them to be.

    Sofia Ortega-Guerrero '18 - Yale University '22

  • I came into achieve as a young teenager with dreams. I am leaving achieve as a teenager who knows how to make those dreams a reality.

    John Bermudez '16 - Colgate '20

  • Thanks to the achieve Program, I have been exposed to a myriad of opportunities I would not have had access to anywhere else. My internships at the Exploratorium, UCSF Medical Center, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute have been absolutely pivotal in my life.

    Natasha Alvarado '18 - University of Chicago '22

  • The guidance and mentorship of the achieve Program has shaped me into the man I am today — confident in my abilities and ready to tackle the next step in my journey after high school.

    Louie Mezie '19 - Lawrence University '23

  • achieve has shown me that I can be more and I can help other people in my family and community be more, too… achieve has changed my life and I will use the tools given to me to become a driving force in success, change and empowerment.

    Brittany DeWeaver '16 - Carleton College '20

  • Without achieve, Middlebury College would have not been a possibility because I would not have had the knowledge of the college process. Not only did achieve give me the resources to apply to college, but also helped me understand what types of colleges fit me.

    Nestor Orozco-Llamas '19 - Middlebury College '23

  • When I was accepted into the program, my 14-year-old self was not aware of the gifts that would be given to me by achieve in the next four years: knowledge, personal growth, life-changing events, support, and love.

    Samantha Alvarado '19 - Southwestern University '23

  • achieve has taught me that giving back and helping others 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.

    Gaby Nunez '17 - Lawrence University '21

  • 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.

    Melissa Cervantes '17 - St. Olaf College '21

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