Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Higher Achievement Named "Top 10 School" by Hopkins' CTY

Higher Achievement was recently named a Top School in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Talent Search for 2009.

The annual CTY Talent Search reflects upon the school's academic quality, student abilities, and teacher talent. It also reflects upon the school leadership that encourages students to seek out educational challenges beyond traditional school walls.

Higher Achievement is proud to be recognized by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and will work to ensure that we continue to serve our scholars to the best of our abilities.

Click here to see the list and find out more information.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Test Scores Up in DC!

Click here to read the Washington Post's coverage of this good news.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Higher Achievement Scholars on Confidence

Every chance we get, we at Higher Achievement talk about the wonderful changes that we’ve seen in our scholars. For a change, we’ve decided to let you hear about those changes straight from the scholars themselves:

“I feel that Higher Achievement has built up my confidence. When I first jointed, I felt like I wasn’t going to meet anybody. Ever since I joined Higher Achievement, I have good self confidence. I’m not afraid to speak to a crowd. It has also helped my social life. The confidence that I have now cannot be compared at all to the confidence that I had 3 years ago. I love being the leader of my classes. I am the one that is not afraid to speak what’s on my mind. I would have to say that if I never came to Higher Achievement, I wouldn’t be the same person I am today.”

- Reynaldo L., 8th grade scholar

“Higher Achievement helped me with my confidence by showing me that being smart wasn’t something to hide, but something to be proud of. They also helped me with public speaking, by encouraging me to participate in different events like the Literary Love Poetry Competition, Spelling Bee and the Ambassador Competition. Higher Achievement helped me gain two really important qualities, like public speaking and people skills, neither of which I had before starting the program.”

- Greglena S., 8th grade scholar

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Baltimore's Spelling Bee a Huge S-U-C-C-E-S-S!

This month, Higher Achievement Baltimore hosted its Inaugural Spelling Bee. Over 30 scholars participated, practicing each day so they could tackle words such as “proximity,” “blatant,” and “benign.”

Click here to see the video of scholars preparing for the Spelling Bee.

Parents, mentors, principals, teachers, and our esteemed judges packed the house to cheer on the scholars and celebrate the importance of academic competition! After rounds of intense competition, 3 scholars per Center emerged as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place champions!

We are proud of all of our scholars for their effort, sportsmanship, and demonstration of Higher Achievement’s culture principles: Excellence, Respect, and Spirit. We look forward to seeing the scholars perform again at our upcoming Love Poetry Performance in May!

Special thanks to our judges: City Councilwoman Conaway, Bea Scott, Karan McClimans, Kristie McManus, Rosalinda Fleming, and Ronald Triplet.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Higher Achievement Featured in Harvard OST Study!

Click here to read the overview and download the study in its entirety.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mayer Brown Hosts Mock Trial for Higher Achievement Scholars

Twenty DC scholars participated in a career day and mock trial at Mayer Brown on Monday, and it was highlighted in BISNOW, a media company.

Click here to see the feature. Scroll down to the story entitled, "Your Replacements."