Project REACH


What is Project REACH – Talent Search Program?

REACH: Reaching Every Academic and Career Horizon

Apart of the  federally (US Department of  Education) funded TRiO Educational Talent Search program, Project REACH assists qualified first generation individuals (neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree) from disadvantaged backgrounds and supports and empowers them to successfully graduate from high school and pursue higher education.

Project REACH (ETS) provides learning resources, experiences, and support to promote educational persistence in secondary education while fostering a culture of success and personal motivation that results in high school graduation. Students are empowered to achieve their educational goals by providing a variety of services and activities that enhance their personal development, expand their educational experiences, and support their individual responsibility for goal attainment.

Project REACH (ETS) uses a cohort model to support 500 students beginning in the 6th grade and culminating in the 12th grade. The project serves: Colonial High School, Liberty Middle School, Jackson Middle School and Union Park Middle School. The program will also provide services to adult learners (19-27) who have yet earned a secondary school diploma or a GED.

Talent Search (Project REACH)

  • Objective 1— Persistence Rate: 95% of non-senior participants served each project year will complete the current academic year and continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level.
  • Objective 2— School Graduation Rate (regular secondary school diploma): 85% of all seniors served during the project year will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma within the standard number of years.
  • Objective 3— School Graduation Rate (rigorous secondary school program of study): 35% of seniors served during the project year will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study and will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma within the standard number of years.
  • Objective 4— Postsecondary Education Enrollment Rate: 54% of who have graduated with a regular secondary school diploma, during the project year, will enroll in an institution of higher education by the fall semester immediately following high school graduation or will have received notification, by the fall semester immediately following high school, from an institution of high education, of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the next academic semester (e.g. Spring semester).
  • Objective 5— Postsecondary Attainment Rate: 67% of participants served during the project year who enrolled in an institution of higher education by the fall semester immediately following high school graduation, or by the next academic semester (e.g. spring semester) as a result of acceptance by deferred enrollment, will complete a program of postsecondary education within six years.

Program application

REACH Application template