Our College Program

On May 22, 2014, the seniors at Achievement First Amistad High School stood before their community of families, friends and classmates to announce their colleges and universities of choice. This annual "Signing Day" tradition began in 2010, with Achievement First's initial graduating 12th graders, and continued with the class of 2014 -- the fifth consecutive class to achieve 100 percent college acceptance. An exciting occasion for the scholars and Achievement First network more broadly, Signing Day is made possible by hard work in every grade and subject area, and by Achievement First's pioneering, multifaceted college-readiness program.

As we celebrate the tremendous commitment demonstrated by our high school graduates, we recognize that the journey for these scholars is just beginning. Nationally, only 8.3 percent of low-income students graduate from college within six years. It is for this reason that our college program extends far beyond the intensive programming provided at the high schools to targeted alumni support designed to foster persistence and help scholars reach the summit of their climb and the true cause for celebration: college graduation. The program encompasses six critical features, which are described in depth through our Achievement First College Program overview documents.