Admissions

Our Students

Reach for Excellence currently enrolls approximately 90 middle school students. 

Any rising highly academic sixth-grade student of limited income in the metro-Atlanta area, who is interested in making the three-year commitment, can apply to the program. 

The average family income for our current Reach for Excellence students is approximately $31,000 and 91% of Reach students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Currently 48% of our students identify as Hispanic/Latino, 45% as Black, 6% Asian, and 1% other. 

Our families speak 11 languages other than English in their homes, with Spanish, Amharic, and Tiginya being the most common. 

Admissions Process

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Step 1

WHO CAN APPLY?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Currently be in 5th grade
  • Earn primarily As in core academic subjects in 4th and 5th grade.
  • Have demonstrated strong academic performance in the MAP test or in the Georgia Milestones test in 4th and 5th grade.
  • Demonstrate high financial need.
    ○ Special consideration is given to families with an annual gross income below $65,000 or who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • Seek a rigorous high school experience that will challenge them socially and academically.
  • Demonstrate curiosity, motivation, and have strong family support
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Step 2

APPLICATION

Fill out the enrollment application and submit all required documents.

The deadline to apply is March 30, 2024.

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Step 3

Teacher Recommendation Form

Please have previous or current teachers fill out this online teacher recommendation form.

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Step 4

SUBMIT ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

Please review the checklist to ensure you have submitted all the needed forms.

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Step 5

INTERVIEW AND TEST

Once forms are received, the admissions committee will review your child’s application. If pre-selected, your child will be invited for an interview and/or a test in April on Marist school campus.

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FINAL DECISIONS

Final decisions will be communicated to the families in June.