Dedicated to closing the opportunity gap, Higher Achievement serves some 400 academically motivated middle-schoolers from under-resourced communities, providing them with rigorous academic enrichment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations. At the Afterschool Academy, students build social-emotional skills, experience hands-on educational electives, and work with volunteer mentors on high school readiness, acceptance, and enrollment. (They also enjoy a healthy supper.) All students participate in the programís three components ó a serious commitment that results in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Summer engagement includes field trips and college visits. High school placement services help these middle schoolers advance to college-prep high schools and 95% graduate from high school on time (compared with 75% citywide). For these determined scholars, your help means success in high school and beyond.