Contribute to the College Book Scholarship and help defray the cost of books and supplies to support our alumni in their journey towards college completion.
Achievement First is a network of 25 public charter schools serving over 8,000 students in grades K-12 in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, Brooklyn, New York and Providence, Rhode Island. At Achievement First, we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our high school graduates, while recognizing that the journey for our alumni is just beginning. Nationally, only 8.3 percent of low-income students graduate from college within six years. Achievement First’s goal is that at least 75% of our graduates will attain their college degree within six years. This is the reason that our work extends far beyond the intensive programming provided at the high school level to alumni support designed to foster persistence and help students reach their college goals.
Achievement First provides College Book Scholarships to our alumni at the beginning of each semester throughout the four years of college in exchange for information about each student’s academic performance, course schedule and other relevant information. Not only do these scholarships help ease the heavy financial burden of college expenses, but they also allows alumni counselors to maintain a vital link with our alumni and identify areas where they may need outreach.
Through this touch point, our alumni also provide us with valuable data that we can use to help our current students improve. Through the College Book Scholarship, alumni counselors are able to stay connected to our alumni and provide this critical support while working in partnership with college officials, alumni and families to ensure college success and degree attainment for all of our college students. By contributing to the College Book Scholarship, you can help defray the cost of necessary books and supplies and support our students through the challenging yet rewarding journey towards college graduation.
Francheska graduated from Achievement First Amistad High School in 2010 determined to become the first member of her family to earn a college degree. Now, as she continues to work toward the true summit—college graduation—the Achievement First team and family that helped her climb the mountain to college remain by her side. As a recipient of the College Book Scholarship and a management major at Providence College, Francheska describes our alumni program support as “life-saving.” Before her sophomore year, Francheska encountered a financial obstacle that threatened to make her upcoming semester unaffordable. Without her alumni counselor—who helped Francheska set up a payment plan and find ways to reduce non-tuition costs—she would have been forced to drop out of school. Instead, Francheska stayed at Providence where she took her counselor’s advice—emailing her professors, utilizing the campus writing center and requesting extra credit—and had her most academically successful semester yet. Francheska expects to graduate from Providence College in the spring of 2014 and will complete her degree in four years.
The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education. Achievement First schools will provide all of our students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, succeed in a competitive world, and serve as the next generation of leaders of our communities. As we work to close the achievement gap at scale, we must also ensure that we are providing the necessary preparation and support for our students as they enroll in colleges and universities.
Achievement First operates four high schools currently serving 940 students in grades nine through 12 while also supporting nearly 150 alumni. Since graduating our first class of seniors in 2010, 100 percent of every high school senior class has been accepted to a four year college or university. Most recently, 24 percent of the class of 2013 was accepted to schools indicated as “most selective” or “more selective” by US News & World Report. The last application season marked our network’s first acceptances to the following “most selective” schools: Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Amherst College, Williams College, University of Chicago, and Haverford College. For more information about our high school and our college programming, please visit our website at http://www.achievementfirst.org/high-school/.
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