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Alumni News


Two Reach Grads Selected for Internships in Washington, DC We are thrilled to share that Reach for Excellence alums, Anya Bibbs '17 O, and Jahari Fraser '14 L, were selected by the National Summer Learning Association to join the first class of Summer Policy Interns in Washington DC. This prestigious, all-expense paid internship is made possible by the National Basketball Association (NBA) Foundation. Interns participate in weekly leadership, networking, policy, and social events. Anya Bibbs is currently an intern in the Office of U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff from Georgia. She is a rising sophomore at Yale University. Before her Capitol Hill internship, Anya [...]

Alumni News2022-07-15T09:50:49-04:00

Summer Session Field Trips


Alumni Make New Connections The Summer Session has begun and is, in many ways, back to normal. Field trips have been a crucial missing piece in our program over the last two years, but now our busses are rolling out each week to visit inspiring places and people. Reach for Excellence's alumni network has grown and strengthened these past few years. Reach Alumni in the workforce are giving back and inviting current students to connect with their colleagues and organizations. In the first three weeks of our Summer Session, alumni have connected us [...]

Summer Session Field Trips2022-06-20T15:53:56-04:00

Alumni Spotlight


Jocelyn Calvillo '08 F achieves her dream The first time Jocelyn Calvillo signed her name as an attorney was a powerful moment.  That simple gesture of her pen represented the culmination of work that began for her in middle school. Jocelyn attended DeKalb PATH Academy.  She learned about Reach for Excellence when Karen Dessables gave a presentation on the Reach program.  Jocelyn was eager to join Reach, but her parents were concerned about maintaining a commitment to attend classes on Saturdays and during the Summer.  Jocelyn had 3 siblings, and both parents worked demanding schedules.  Transportation to [...]

Alumni Spotlight2022-05-20T11:23:54-04:00

Catching Up with Reach Teachers


Ms. Mavity Sees Remarkable Student Growth "It's very difficult for me to choose a favorite thing about teaching at Reach, because there are so many wonderful aspects of being a part of this community. However, one of the most unique aspects about teaching our Reach scholars is the continuity that we get. As a Spanish teacher at a large school during the school week, I am used to working with students for just a semester, or at most, a full school year. However, with Reach, the fact that students and parents commit to 3 years of Saturday [...]

Catching Up with Reach Teachers2022-03-08T10:14:18-05:00

Meet Our Teachers


Stephen Lathrop What do you teach? 7th grade pre-algebra Where did you go to school? Georgia Tech How would you describe yourself in middle school? Nerd - very interested in education! What was your favorite book, music, or movie when you were in middle school? Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths Why did you choose to teach with Reach for Excellence? I have a passion for education, teaching, and community outreach. I'm so pleased to be able to accomplish all three within RFE Tell us about your teaching philosophy… I prefer employing the Socratic Method by using [...]

Meet Our Teachers2022-05-20T11:26:10-04:00

Career Day 2021


Reach Graduates Return to Speak at Career Day On Saturday, December 4th, twelve Reach for Excellence Alumni returned to our campus to invest in our current students.  Jared Alexander ('07 E), Genie Arcila ('06 D), Shelby Ashley ('07 E), Terrance Butler ('09 G), Jocelyn Calvillo ('08 F), Christina Chandra ('06 D), Brandon Fountain ('11 I), Erik Guzman ('16 F), Jay Kendrick ('07 E), Serena Lau ('11 I), Wollinsky Mendez ('05 C), Summer Robinson ('11 I), and Chanel Tobias ('10 H) shared their experience from high school to college to [...]

Career Day 20212021-12-07T10:47:36-05:00

Meet Our Teachers


Davonté Simmons What is your favorite Reach for Excellence memory from this Summer? My favorite reach for excellence memory from this Summer is completing two novels during our Book Club. The young men and I both were excited and proud to complete two thought-provoking novels during our time together. What do you teach? I teach 5th grade, all subjects, including Bible curriculum. Where did you go to school? I went to Benedict College, an HBCU in South Carolina, for undergraduate studies and the University of Kansas to obtain my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. How would you [...]

Meet Our Teachers2021-09-15T11:52:40-04:00

Stepping Up, 2021


Cohort 2021 S completes Reach for Excellence On Saturday, July 31st, Cohort S 2021 was honored for completing Reach for Excellence's three-year academic program.  Henry Diep, Cohort 2017 O, was our guest speaker.  Henry will be attending Georgia Tech this Fall and is a recipient of the Tim Cambias Memorial Scholarship.  The young scholars of Cohort S were accepted to the following high schools: Chamblee Charter High School Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School DeKalb Early College Academy Holy Innocents Episcopal School Lanier High School Marist School North [...]

Stepping Up, 20212021-08-06T10:26:43-04:00

Open House, Summer Session 2021


Open House Guests See Reach for Excellence in Action This past Tuesday, July 20, Reach for Excellence welcomed friends of our program to visit our campus.  Guests met several Reach for Excellence alumni currently serving as interns during our summer session and where able to ask them questions about their experience in the program and their journey after.  Following a brief update by our Executive Director, Karen Dessables, guests were invited to tour classrooms and interact with our teachers and students.  We are so grateful to all who [...]

Open House, Summer Session 20212021-08-06T10:28:49-04:00

Alumni Spotlight


Chanel Tobias, Cohort 2010 H How did you hear about Reach for Excellence and what inspired you to join the program? My mother heard about RFE from a coworker. She applied because she thought RFE was a good educational opportunity and wanted to surround me with other gifted students. Tell me a little about your family growing up… My family relocated from Buffalo, New York, to Atlanta, Georgia when I was four years old. I grew up in a single parent household with my mom and brother. I had a great childhood, and in between all the [...]

Alumni Spotlight2021-08-06T10:35:48-04:00

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