1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Sunday, March 01, 2015

Minority Achievement

Office of Minority Achievement

Department of Instruction
Syphax Education Center @ Sequoia Plaza
2110 Washington Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Arlington, VA 22204


Cheryl Robinson, Supervisor

Sharon Goode, Administrative Assistant

Collage of facesThe Office of Minority Achievement is dedicated to helping students discover and utilize resources that will help them progress toward their personal goals. This department works to create an equitable, hospitable, safe, and inclusive environment for students, families, and staff. The goal of this work is to create culturally affirming spaces where openness, inclusiveness, respect, and appreciation for diversity of thought, values, cultures, learning styles, perceptions, and actions flourish.

Philosophy and Goals

It is the goal of the Office of Minority Achievement to assist students, families, and schools in the attainment of academic excellence by:
  • matching and monitoring students’ involvement with pre-existing, as well as, self-initiated educational and/or culturally enriching opportunities.
  • teaching parents and students to navigate the system so that educational goals are realistic and attainable.
  • encouraging students to take challenging courses throughout their academic career.
  • helping to ensure that students have equal access to all academic programs.
  • encouraging students to discover and utilize resources that will help them progress towards their personal goals.
  • teaching parents and students to become positive and effective self-advocates.
  • exposing students to the rigors and expectations of the next level of education.
  • providing teachers with direct support and strategies for working with families of a diverse student population.


Theme: "Get Moving!"
Yorktown High School
5200 Yorktown Boulevard
Arlington 22207
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Gregory Taylor at 703-228-8129 or Timothy Cotman at 703-228-5874.

Students Can See the Movie "Selma" for FREE

Please see the link below for more information on the opportunity for youth in grades 7-9 (with a student ID or report card) to view Selma for FREE in local movie theaters.



On Saturday, November 1st, APS sponsored the 3rd Annual Color of Leadership Middle School  Girls’ Conference at Washington-Lee High School. One hundred and seventy-eight girls were in attendance and given the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers, attend various workshops, and meet peers from the different middle schools. Speakers included Mpumi Nobiva, former student of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls of Johannesburg, South Africa; Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; and Briana Hanafin, former Yorktown student and 2014 Miss Arlington. To see pictures of the day, click the link https://plus.google.com/photos/118166559073041328571/albums/6076820658171868545
Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors!
  • Arlington Community Federal Credit Union
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bon Secours Sports Medicine
  • Girls for Greatness  
  • Lost Dog Cafe
  • Northern Virginia Section, National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
  • NVDECS Foundation
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Papa John's
  • Phil and Syl's Catering Service
  • Skyline Music Services
  • Torrid Fashions
  • United States Federal Reserve System
  • WiL4  
  • WJLA-TV Washington
  • News Channel 8
  • Worthy Workouts
  • Yarnspirations
  • 7-11 Biswas Corp

*Click the Student Resources link for workshop and scholarship opportunities.

Last Modified on February 20, 2015