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New Program Assists in Transition to High School

Stamford Achieves launches pilot summer bridge program

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Stamford, CT | Added on August 19, 2014 At 11:47 AM

Summer's winding down, the school year is around the corner and a new program is helping middle schoolers transition to high school.  

"We're giving them tools for high school, tools for success," said Andy Sklover, director of education and advocacy for Stamford Achieves.  "As our motto says, we want to prepare them to succeed."

Andy Sklover says the non-profit Stamford Achieves came up with the Beyond Limits Scholars Program, in conjunction with Stamford's High School Call to Action Committee.  

Stamford Achieves is an organization serving as an advocate and catalyst for closing the achievement gap in Stamford Public Schools, and it's launching the pilot summer bridge program this week.

"It's an issue that people are addressing, or trying to address, all over the country.  Our numbers are not very attractive in terms of the number of students that are struggling, even mid-year students, in middle school when they get to high school freshmen year.  Unfortunately many of them are performing poorly," said Sklover.  

However, the program's designed to offer a solution -- helping 30 students prepare for the academic and social challenges ahead.

BLSP is running a one week intensive in partnership with Stamford Public Schools, Stamford YMCA, The Ferguson Library, Stamford Public Education Foundation, The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, Future 5, and UConn Stamford.  But students who complete the week will be provided with additional support during this school year.  

For more information about the Beyond Limits Scholars Program, including information for businesses and individuals interested in providing resources or partnering with Stamford Achieves, please contact Director of Education and Advocacy, Andy Sklover,, or call (203) 561-5631


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