Middle School Supports / HERO


CSF - DC’s college readiness program begins at 7th grade when students’ grades, attendance rates and level of school engagement have a major impact on their ability to complete high school and position them to be successful in post-secondary education. 

Higher Education Readiness Opportunity (HERO)

The HERO Initiative (Higher Education Readiness Opportunity) is designed to increase college readiness for African-American and Latino male students, and other under-represented male students. The HERO program operates in four middle schools in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia.

HERO advisors work with 7th and 8th grade students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard but may be falling short of their potential. HERO provides support directly to students, their families, and academic communities to ensure that they have the resources necessary to help them build their academic and leadership abilities.

HERO provides the following services:

  • Academic Advising
  • After School Programs
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Curriculum)
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivational Speakers
  • College Awareness
  • College Visitation Programs
  • Test Preparation and Information
  • Academic Enrichment

HERO advisors work with middle school students and hold weekly group meetings/activities. Middle school HERO services include grade and attendance monitoring, social/emotional and leadership skill building, tutoring and college visits. HERO advisors provide differentiated case management supports based on need. HERO advisors emphasize students’ completion of Algebra I in the 8th grade, so students are prepared to take Geometry on time for the SAT.

To apply to participate in the CSF-DC Program, please fill out the application and submit it to your College Success Foundation - DC Advisor.




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