Genie Arcila, Cohort 2006 D Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… I enrolled in Reach for Eexcellence because my brother was already in the program after a teacher had recommended him for it. What memories from Reach for Excellence stand out to you? I remember when RFE took us on college tours. I had always heard about the idea of college and people believed that it was in my future. But as a person of color, I didn't see myself at school or in my teachers. When I went on the [...]
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Meet Our Teachers: Christopher Michaud How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? I have taught at REACH for 3 years. What do you teach? I teach computer science and engineering to 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade scholars. Where did you go to school? That is an interesting question. I completed degrees at three Universities: Temple University: Bachelor of Music George Mason University: Master of Arts in Music Georgia Institute of Technology: Master of Science in Computer Science How would you describe yourself in middle school? I was a quirky student interested in music, math, acting, and [...]
Alumni Spotlight: Jared Alexander, Class of 2007, Cohort E Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence. My mother was looking for an enrichment program to ensure I was getting the best instruction year-round while keeping me ahead of my public school’s curriculum. What memories from Reach for Excellence stand out to you? The majority of the schools I attended were primarily black. RFE was my first time having classmates from vastly different cultures. I remember we had a culture fair in which students set up displays representing the different countries they (or [...]
Congratulations to the Reach Class of 2020, Cohort R! On Saturday, August 1, Reach for Excellence celebrated the Class of 2020, Cohort R, with a drive-by graduation ceremony. These 28 graduates are residents of DeKalb, Gwinnet, Fulton, and Rockdale Counties. They displayed their tenacity and drive throughout this last summer as Reach for Excellence converted to distance learning. This cohort boasts acceptance to the following college preparatory programs throughout Atlanta: Banneker High [...]
Meet Our Teachers: Fatima Cheffen How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? I LOVE the Reach for Excellence Program so much; it seems like I’ve taught with Reach forever! If I’m not mistaken, I joined the staff in 2017, so I’ve been with Reach for three years. What do you teach? I teach “life” via English-Language Arts and Writing here at Reach for Excellence, on Saturdays, and as a Summer Instructor. Our teaching and learning strategies surpass the realm of academics. I am an educator for the Magnet and Gifted Program at Chamblee Middle School, [...]
From student to supporter "Growing up, my parents worked hard to provide for the family, but we still had many hardships. My parents immigrated from Mexico and made their way here to Atlanta. I was raised in Atlanta and still call it home. During middle school, Reach for Excellence taught me skills that I carried with me as I went through high school and college. Reach showed me the importance of enriching your education, becoming a leader, and never giving up on your goals. Using those skills, I graduated high school from Marist School and later graduated [...]
Reach for Excellence receives funding for new Reach Hispanic Initiative We are pleased to share that Reach for Excellence has received a sizable grant to fund a new initiative to improve college matriculation rates among Latino scholars as well as specific aspects of other Reach programs. The grant takes a three-pronged approach to supporting Reach for Excellence for current and future needs. In addition to funding the Reach Hispanic Initiative for the next three years, the grant also provides funding for an additional passenger bus needed to transport students. In addition, the grant will provide funds [...]
Meet Our Teachers: Megan Christian How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? I first started working with Reach for Excellence as a college intern during the summer of 2012. After graduating college and moving back to Georgia in the fall of 2015, I re-joined the team as a Saturday teacher and Summer Session teacher. I have been teaching on Saturdays and during the summers with Reach ever since 2015! Now that I live in Athens, the commute is a bit long, but getting to work with our scholars makes it more than worth the drive. [...]
Reach for Excellence Alum wins Prestigious Cooke College Scholarship Congratulations to Aissata Bah! Aissata is a winner of the prestigious Cooke College Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Ms. Bah was in Reach Cohort 2016 N, Phillips Academy, Class of 2020, and will attend Harvard, Class of 2024. Aissata was selected as one of 50 recipients chosen from 5,400 applicants. You can read more about the Cooke College Scholarship here: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/2020-cooke-college-scholars/?utm_campaign=2021_all_Outreach&utm_source=Counselor_News&utm_medium=Email