The mission of the PEAK Foundation is to equip underserved students with the development of life skills and disciplines necessary to improve college preparedness. KIPP is widely recognized for its remarkable success in advancing its scholars to college, but those new college students are often confronted with certain challenges that hinder their ability to complete the journey.
Research – and experience – tell us that college preparedness is improved when high school and college pathways are clearly understood by students and their parents or guardians. We also know that junior high achievement is a critical predictor of success in high school, college, and beyond.
PEAK Achievers are selected from a competitive application process to participate in this rigorous after-school program. Site-based leaders meet with 8th grade students weekly to facilitate improved self-awareness, self-confidence, public speaking skills, and other competencies crucial for post-secondary success.
New skills and confidences developed during the 8th grade after-school workshops are applied as PEAK Achievers transition to high school. Those individuals apply their personal strengths and growth objectives when they initiate year-long community service projects as 9th graders while also mentoring the junior high school inductees entering as 8th graders.
Connections with PEAK Achievers are maintained during successive high school years as students are presented with opportunities to learn and remain engaged during the summer months. Currently available options include a unique developmental summer camp experience and paid professional internships prior to their senior years.