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Higher Achievement Richmond

  • Higher Achievement Richmond
  • 1419 W Main Street
  • Richmond, VA 23220
  • 2011

Program Description

Higher Achievement's rigorous afterschool and summer academic program closes the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities. The program's proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. On average, 95 percent of scholars who complete Higher Achievement advance to top academic high school programs and 93 percent advance to college.

Higher Achievement was founded in Washington, DC in 1975 and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; and Pittsburgh, PA. Higher Achievement is funded by support from foundations, businesses, government, and individuals. The organization has been honored with numerous national and local awards.

Higher Achievement is a champion of three principles: talent is everywhere, intellect is built through effort, and opportunities matter.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 12%
  • Other: 13%
  • African American: 75%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 99
  • Elementary School: 66
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 65%