Higher Achievement’s rigorous afterschool and summer academic program gives youth from at-risk communities their best opportunity to succeed in middle school — and in life. The organization has served more than 10,000 middle school youth in the Washington, DC area since 1975, helping them achieve success in school and beyond. The organization received numerous national awards and attention over the last few years and embarked on a national expansion beginning in Baltimore, MD in June 2009. In June 2012, with significant investment from the local community and in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools, Higher Achievement launched operations in Pittsburgh, PA.
Higher Achievement Pittsburgh, held after school and during the summer, operates two achievement centers serving over 100 5th, 6th and 7th graders from schools in Pittsburgh’s Homewood and Hill District neighborhoods. Higher Achievement is focusing on these two neighborhoods because of the legacy of need and the great opportunity to partner with long-standing community programs.
In early 2014, Higher Achievement partnered with the Maker’s Place to become one of the first deployment host sites for the Remake Learning Digital Corps.