A-G Associates’ Partnership with San Miguel School

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Since 2014, A-G Associates has worked with the San Miguel School as a donor, presenter, Gala attendee, and mentor. On May 11th, A-G took part in San Miguel’s first ever Job Shadow Day. An 8th Grade student came into our office to participate in meetings, discussions with A-G’s staff, and to get advice based on the staff’s experiences, personally and professionally.

The goal of this program is to give 8th graders access and exposure to professionals and professional settings so they could start thinking about, and exploring, career paths. In mid-May, 25 8th graders took part in the Job Shadow Day with an equal number of employers/professionals participating. Some of the professions and careers explored included:

  • Small business ownership
  • Law enforcement
  • Veterinary science
  • Teaching
  • Non-profit management
  • Architecture
  • Health care/medicine
  • Law

A-G Associates works with San Miguel because of the amazing things they do for the Washington, D.C. youth. San Miguel School was founded in 2002 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools as a ministry of St. John’s College High School. In 2006, San Miguel incorporated and became an independent middle school, operating as a 501c3 nonprofit with a board of trustees. An independent Catholic school, San Miguel is open to children of all faith traditions and backgrounds. San Miguel School provides a comprehensive and holistic middle school education for Latino boys from low-income homes in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, equipping them to succeed in high school and to graduate. In Washington, D.C., fewer than 60% of Latino males graduate from public high schools.

San Miguel’s program is tailored to meet the challenges of at-risk students through an extended-day (7:30am-5pm) and extended-year (200 days) program, with a focus on core subjects of reading, math, technology, and science. The San Miguel model offers small classes, experienced teachers and tutors, on-site professional counselors, and a unique graduate support program, which develops students as young men of achievement, responsibility, and high moral character. San Miguel educates 85-90 Latino boys in grades 6 to 8, and provides support services to more than 200 alumni in high school, college, and the workforce.

Most students come to San Miguel performing below grade-level in reading and math. One hundred percent are English language learners, with Spanish being the primary language spoken in their homes. Nearly 90% of students qualify for the federal meals program, a key poverty indicator. Results:

  • 100% proficiency in reading and math at 8th grade graduation.
  • 100% acceptance to college-preparatory and private high schools.
  • 100% high school graduation rate.

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