Office of Minority Achievement
Department of Instruction
Evelyn Syphax Academic Center @ Sequoia Plaza
2110 Washington Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Arlington, VA 22204
Cheryl Robinson, Supervisor
Sharon Goode, Administrative Assistant
The Office of Minority Achievement is dedicated to enabling students to discover and utilize resources that will help them progress toward their personal goals. This department works to create an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive environment for students, families, and staff members, resulting in openness, inclusiveness, respect, and appreciation for diversity of thought, values, cultures, learning styles, perceptions, and actions.
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.
"AMERICAN PROMISE" Movie Viewing
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
125 Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. An Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Grand Jury Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
For more information or to rsvp, call 703-228-6152
*Click the Student Resources link for workshop and scholarship opportunities.