“The best options for students in high school and beyond grow from the seeds of support and confidence they receive during their middle school years. We work with them to close academic gaps quickly and effectively.”

—Executive Director Nora Dowley-Liebowitz


MISSION: Empower. Transform. Inspire

Achieve partners with families to empower motivated students from underserved Boston communities to close the opportunity gap. With middle school programming and support through high school and college, our community provides transformative academic and enrichment experiences, and fosters enduring mentoring relationships that inspire confidence, learning and joy. 


In addition to the full-time Achieve staff, the summer instructional staff increases to 25 top teachers from both private and public schools in Massachusetts, including the Boston Public Schools system. Academic classes are taught by a master teacher with at least three years of teaching experience, and a teaching assistant with at least one year of teaching experience. During the school year, Nobles student tutors volunteer their time on Saturday mornings to co-teach program sessions.

What type of student is an Achieve scholar? Achieve students are motivated, resilient and thoughtful young people who grow into extraordinary leaders.

  • All Achieve scholars come from Boston Public schools and must qualify for free or reduced lunch (according to federal guidelines).

  • Currently, 30 Boston public schools are represented from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Charlestown and East Boston.

  • 99% are students of color.

  • 89% of students will be the first in their family to go to college.

  • 68% of students speak another language at home.

Founded in 2007, Achieve celebrated its 10th anniversary during the 2017 summer session with 83 students enrolled in the program.