Doing the Right Thing, Together

Earlier this month, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) issued a press release announcing that the “Number of APS seniors taking SAT college entrance exam soars to 90% thanks to high school principals, counselors and Achieve Atlanta.” This year’s result is 33 percentage points higher than the Class of 2018. This is a huge deal.

October 7th, 2019|

My #BoldExpectation: To Make A Difference

I was always an involved kid, doing volunteer work, serving as high school student body president, and I come from a family of people who are deep into the education world as well as that of the public good. Their influence and support has allowed me – and inspired me – to make bold moves. To say, “This is what I want to do; this is where I want to be, and I’m going to stop at nothing to get there.”

September 23rd, 2019|

Dreams Favor the Bold

It’s back-to-school season, and across Atlanta, students are getting ready for their first day of school. Some will be advancing a grade toward high school graduation, while others will be stepping onto a college campus in pursuit of a degree. During this season, at Achieve Atlanta we spend a lot of time anchoring ourselves in our vision. Our North Star. Our view of the future we want to see. Or as we like to say at Achieve Atlanta, our Bold Expectation.

August 9th, 2019|

Yes, College is Still Relevant

The admission cheating revelations and arrests show that college is highly valuable. Look at the lengths that wealthy parents – whose kids are already wealthy – will go to in order to get them into the “right” schools.When I first read about the college admission cheating scam, my initial instinct was to run to Facebook and post, “Shoutout to all my affirmative action peeps who got into college without bribes!” I also saw similar self-congratulatory posts from many groups about how they had “made it on our own.” But I quickly realized that we were all missing the point. For each of us who “figured it out” by ourselves, there were countless other poor and disenfranchised kids who couldn’t.

March 15th, 2019|

Navigating Safe Passage With North Star Targets

At Achieve Atlanta, we symbolically use “north star targets” as we help our Scholars navigate a long and challenging passage from high school through college and beyond. We have great aspirations for our Scholars, and we use our “north star targets” to push ourselves, our partners and our collective thinking as we work to achieve increasingly progressive results for them.

February 28th, 2019|
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