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500 DC Area Students Compete in Summer Academic Competition
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From Higher Achievement:


For 500 DC area students, school might’ve ended in June – but the hard work of academic learning has continued through the summer. This Friday, Higher Achievement will host its 6th annual Olympics of the Mind, a full day of high-energy academic competition that showcases the remarkable academic skills Higher Achievement’s young people have built throughout the summer – including math, science, social studies, and history. It will feature field math and science games, trivia, scavenger hunts, and a chant performance, where each team will present a chant and dance routine about learning that they wrote themselves. The event will take place at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, VA. It comes at the end of Higher Achievement’s summer academy, which has been in session five days a week, eight hours a day since June 27.


Extensive research shows that more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be attributed to unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Higher Achievement seeks to close this gap in the Washington, DC region through rigorous, high-quality learning opportunities year-round. The program culminates in a three-day, two-night college trip where scholars attend college classes and stay overnight in student dorms. The results of these opportunities are proven – 95% of Higher Achievement scholars advance to top academic high school and 93% go on to college.


500 DC area students from Higher Achievement’s six area achievement centers will participate in the competition. These achievement centers are located in Wards 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 and Alexandria, VA. The event is sponsored by FedEx and Capital Source.


 Friday, July 29, 2011

9 am – 3 pm

George Washington Middle School

1005 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301-1707

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