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.


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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

  • The greatest impact achieve has had on my life is the college counseling. The help with writing, research, and financial aid has helped streamline the process significantly.

    Oscar Hernandez ‘23 Amherst College ‘27

  • achieve has helped me step out of my comfort zone and has guided me through my highs and lows. It helped me become the person I am today.

    Kaycee Leyson - MHSB '24

  • The summer internships have given me early insight on how to be successful when working my first job.

    Carlos Gonzalez - SJND ‘24

  • The achieve Program gives me the resources, support, and opportunities to succeed. What I like best is the endless support you receive from everybody.

    Angela Leon Alvarez - HNHS '26

  • The summer experience helped me to step out of my comfort zone and socialize with those around me to get to know them better.

    Daniela Perez - MHSB '26

  • achieve exposes its students to the world, turning bright students into shining ones.

    Alexander Robinson ‘23 - Reed College ‘27

  • achieve has taught me that education and growth go hand in hand with helping others.

    Sophie Ramirez - HNHS '24

  • achieve has given me hands-on work experience and helped me build leadership skills, which will help me apply for colleges and jobs in the future.

    Jayden Lucas - SJND '25

  • Community service is more rewarding than anything. Getting to help and care for those around you brings out true smiles and happiness.

    Nichola Carrillo - MHSB ‘26

  • The help and mentorship of achieve set me up to succeed and have an amazing four years at high school.

    Joseph Zuloaga ‘23 - Columbia University ‘27

  • I enjoy going to the achieve cultural events at the theater, because they are always so much fun and engaging. I like that I participate in activities I never got to try before.

    Vy Phan - HNHS ‘25

  • achieve has taught me to help others for a good cause because you never know how that will influence a person’s life.

    Israel Joseph - SJND '26

  • From summer internships I have gained a vast amount of knowledge on what having a job is like. I got a taste of what it is like to be an adult, and have lots of responsibility.

    Christopher Dominguez - ARHS ‘25

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