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Talent Meets Opportunity at New Greenbelt Achievement Center

Talent Meets Opportunity at New Greenbelt Achievement Center

  • In the News |
  • July 2, 2019

Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Higher Achievement has a mission to help close the “opportunity gap” for students during the pivotal middle school years through a model based on rigorous year-round learning, partnerships and mentorship. 

Recently, the organization opened its first site in Prince George’s County with the launch of an Achievement Center at Greenbelt Middle School, where sixth and seventh-grade scholars are participating in a summer academy and will continue in an afterschool program throughout the school year.

At a ribbon-cutting for the new center, Higher Achievement CEO Lynsey Wood Jeffries discussed the middle school years as critical to student development and pointed to achievement in eighth grade as a strong predictor of future college success. Jeffries also cited the power of quality summer learning in closing the achievement gap.

Supported by community partners including global education technology firm 2U and MGM National Harbor, students enrolled in the Greenbelt summer academy are engaged in academic and career exploration, spending Monday through Thursday in the classroom and Friday’s in the community on field trips to local businesses, college tours and more.

“Academic excellence is bolstered by strong community partnerships, and this is a perfect example of partnership in action,” said Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Monica Goldson. “134,000 students have dreams and it’s my job to help make that happen. We are going to put Prince George’s County back on the map for academic excellence.”