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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

Meet Our Teachers


Andrew Betz How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? 2021 is my 5th year, possibly 6th. What do you teach? I teach SSAT Math and Board Games Where did you go to school? I went to college at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania How would you describe yourself in middle school? Middle school was my opportunity to indulge in lawn mowing and math.  Lots of both. What was your favorite book, music, or movie when you were in middle school? Book - Lord of the Rings, Music - everything Beatles, Movie - Star Wars (I have [...]

Meet Our Teachers2021-04-14T14:45:41-04:00

Alumni Spotlight


Dr. Daniel Chandra, Cohort 2004 B Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… I heard about the program through my middle school guidance counselor and was inspired to join by my teachers, who advocated the importance of my high school experience in eventually achieving admission into college. Tell us a little about your family... Both of my parents immigrated from Indonesia. I was lucky to have extremely supportive parents who did not pressure me about my grades but instead encouraged me to explore my interests. What memories from the program stand out [...]

Alumni Spotlight2021-03-31T12:50:27-04:00

Kandon Fears (Cohort 2018 P) Sworn In as DeKalb County Youth Commissioner


Kandon Fears (Cohort 2018 P) Sworn In as DeKalb County Youth Commissioner Reach for Excellence Alum, Kandon Fears (Cohort 2018 P, DeKalb School of the Arts '22), was recently selected to be a DeKalb County Youth Commissioner. Thirty-two youth from throughout the County were sworn into their positions as Youth Commissioners by the Honorable Asha Jackson, DeKalb County Chief Judge of Superior Court at a recent virtual ceremony. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond was the featured speaker, stating “you have the power and the influence to transform and improve the quality of life throughout DeKalb County, [...]

Kandon Fears (Cohort 2018 P) Sworn In as DeKalb County Youth Commissioner2021-04-07T11:34:56-04:00

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