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.”
Summer Programs

Summer may bring time off from school, but not from the many learning opportunities achieve participants pursue. We strive to provide our students enlightening and enriching adventures all year long. achieve staff meet with students towards the end of the school year to help plan their summer activities.

Students are encouraged to learn about the world of work through summer internships. Students gain professional learning experiences that expand their horizons, introduce them to new people, and allow them to earn extra money. The program requires all students to work each summer. Each student receives a cash stipend of $250 with the remaining compensation being placed in an individual custodial savings account that they may use for college expenses.

Students also participate in other educational and leadership programs such as Girls Inc. Eureka!, CHORI, and various summer college enrichment programs.

The following organizations and businesses are 2017 summer internship providers:

Achieve Foundation
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre
BRIDGE Housing
California Academy of Sciences
Center for Creative Land Recycling
Center for Independent Living
Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
First Republic Bank
Fortress Investment Group
Gerson Bakar & Associates
Haas School of Business
International House, UC Berkeley
Jewish Community Center of SF
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Jewish Vocational Services
Lawrence Hall of Science
LBA Realty
Prado Group
Project Frog
Telecare Corporation
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
UC Berkeley Recreational Sports

At achieve we are always looking to expand the summer internship choices for our students. achieve students are highly motivated young people with boundless energy and true leadership potential. If you would like to join our program by hosting an intern, please contact Karen Iwasa at or call at 415-576-8100.

Summer Study
All incoming freshmen are required to attend summer school. Achieve staff provide study skills support to assist students in their transition to high school.

Rising seniors are required to attend both group and individual sessions focusing on test preparation (SAT and ACT), college research and application process, financial aid, and writing the college essay. Our goal is, by the start of the school year, that all seniors have a firm list of colleges that meet their academic, financial and social needs---the perfect “fit”.