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.”

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 140 alumni. achieve provides a wide range of support services and benefits to students and their families.

Tuition grants
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.

Supplemental fund
Individual funds are set up at the school to offset the cost of academic/school related expenses including books and uniforms.

Homework Support
The program monitors student progress and works with the school to provide needed support.

Educational workshops
Workshops, often featuring guest speakers, are held at the school sites. Topics include careers, financial planning, study skills, public speaking and college admissions.

Cultural excursions
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. Individualized college counseling, test and college essay preparation continue through summer and into senior year.

Community Service
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 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.