Our Vision

Atlanta is a city where race and income no longer predict postsecondary success and upward mobility.

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We’re working every day to ensure that more of our students have access to college and succeed once they get there.

Our programs supplement the academic preparation students receive with the financial and social/emotional supports they need. The strategies we pursue are rooted in best practice and focus on what works to produce the best college access and college persistence outcomes.

College Access

Achieve Atlanta and our College Access partners deliver hands-on help to APS students as they chart their paths to college. Through a formal relationship with Atlanta Public Schools, we provide strategic, operational, and financial support, as well as a district-wide college advising program that serves all juniors and seniors.

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College Success

As we work to increase the number of Atlanta Public Schools students graduating from college, we are partnering with postsecondary institutions and college success experts to offer direct support and advising services to students.

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Our Mission

To help Atlanta Public Schools students access, afford, and earn postsecondary credentials.

The Achieve Atlanta Scholarship

The Achieve Atlanta Scholarship is a need-based award designed to support APS students pursuing various postsecondary paths after high school. When combined with other possible sources of financial aid, the Achieve Atlanta scholarship should greatly reduce the need for students and families to take out high-interest, private loans to pay for school. The Achieve Atlanta scholarship is an important part of Achieve Atlanta’s broader effort to dramatically increase the number of APS students who earn a postsecondary degree or credential.

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Academically, my ultimate goal

is to earn my doctorate degree.

Academically, my ultimate goal is to earn my doctorate degree.

Dionte West, B.E.S.T. Academy, Class OF 2017

Our Values

Unwavering Belief

An unshakeable belief in our students is the inspiration and fuel for everything we do.

Champion for Students

Our belief in students is backed by action. With their dreams as the foundation for our work, we break down systemic barriers, earn trust, and build capacity so that ultimately, students can be their own champions.

Expectation of Excellence

Excellence requires effort, tenacity, responsibility, and integrity that lead to high-quality work. It is the standard we set for ourselves and the model we demonstrate to students and our community of stakeholders.

Intentional Collaboration

We cannot achieve our vision alone. We deliberately build partnerships that work toward common goals and create sustainable growth and change.

Continuous Innovation

We are relentlessly curious and encourage thoughtful risk-taking. We must be nimble enough to pursue promising ideas, yet humble enough to learn from the outcomes.