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Year Published: 2020
The study found that students who participated in the Higher Achievement afterschool and summer program over the course of two years had statistically significantly higher grades in math, English, and science, as well as higher overall GPAs, compared to a matched control group. The program appeared to be most effective for students who joined the program on grade level. The subgroup analysis also found that male students in the program also saw greater gains in math compared to girls in year one and two of the program.
Program Name: Higher Achievement
Higher Achievement is an intensive summer and afterschool program that provides more than 500 additional hours of academic enrichment a year to middle school youth in low-income, under-resourced neighborhoods. The program aims to help its “scholars” develop skills, behaviors, and attitudes that will ultimately help improve their academic performance and increase their acceptance into competitive high schools. Scholars enter the program before their 5th or 6th grade year, and are expected to continue through 8th grade.
Scope of the Evaluation: Multi-city
Program Type: Summer
Location: Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA
Grade level: Middle School
Among students in the expansion sites (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Richmond) in year two, 80.5 percent identified as Black, 14.5 percent identified as Hispanic, and 3 percent identified as White. Eighty-nine percent of students qualified for the free/reduced price lunch program, and families on average had an annual household income of $27,552.
Program Website: https://higherachievement.org/