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Welcome to Reach for Excellence

Tuition-Free Program

Reach for Excellence is a free program that offers students with limited income a combination of academic, cultural, and communal experiences that prepare students for the challenges of high school and college preparatory programs.

Our Tuition-Free Program

Reach for Excellence is a three-year academic and leadership program for talented middle school students. Through three six-week summer sessions and three years of Saturday classes, Reach for Excellence provides and reinforces the academic and social skills each student needs to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Our Impact

Reach for Excellence was founded in 2001 and has celebrated over 500 graduates. All of these students have gone on to high school and 93% have matriculated to college, including many of the most selective programs in the country


Reachfor Excellence Graduates since 2001.

High Schools

Graduates Attended 111 Different High Schools

College Acceptances

Acceptances at 194 Colleges

Graduate Schools

Acceptances at 35 Graduate Schools


Meals Served Per Year


Coding Education Hours Per Summer

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Apr 02 2024

Saturday Science Experiments

During recent Saturday sessions, current Marist students, including Reach for Excellence graduates, met with our 8th grade scholars for some hands-on science...
Apr 02 2024

Reach for Excellence announces a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Reach for Excellence has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for Middle School Academic Enrichment. This grant will support Reach for...
Feb 03 2024

Music Appreciation with the Buford Highway Youth Orchestra

On Saturday, February 3, the conductor of the Buford Highway Youth Orchestra, Mrs. Juana Algaza, met with our 6th grade scholars to discuss music appreciation and to...