Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

One of our core instructional values is Teaching Beyond the Test™—focusing on skills that will prepare students for success in high school and college. The same is true for our work in preparing students for high school admissions testing and selective enrollment testing. This work matters: research has made it clear that student success in ninth grade is strongly related to performance throughout high school as well as the likelihood of success in college.

Early Success = Later Success

We’re thrilled when we hear about our students’ success in admissions testing; in the last two years, 86% of our students shared outcomes with us that they were admitted to a top choice school or program. They also report the skills they learned with Academic Approach in 8th grade helped them once in high school: their grammar work helped improve their writing skills; their practice in close-reading nonfiction prepared them for high school-level social studies; and the skill-building work in math gave them the foundations they needed for success in advanced math courses in high school.

As ninth-grade GPA strongly predicts eleventh-grade GPA and is associated with higher college persistence rates, we know these students are on track to be successful throughout high school and college.

Upping the Rigor Earlier

As more and more families express their desire to see increased rigor in instruction and accountability for student learning this year, we are helping raise the bar. Our improved Middle School curriculum is geared to anticipate and prepare for the rigors of high school and beyond. We are intervening earlier to ensure we maintain academic progress now and later.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO