Founded in 2002, Regis High School’s REACH Program is an entirely tuition-free educational and leadership enrichment program that has transformed the lives of more than 500 Catholic, middle school-aged boys by helping them earn scholarships to Regis and other top Catholic high schools in New York City. REACH’s purpose is to strengthen learning and development for high-achieving young men who come from families facing significant economic hardships and other challenges. The REACH Class of 2023 received $3.4 million in total four-year scholarship and financial aid money
Today marks our sixth annual REACH Appreciation Day. It’s an opportunity for the wider school community to learn more about this incredible program and to support our students, our dedicated staff, and our Graduate Support Program.
We’re exceptionally proud of the REACH Program, and we’re eager to spend this special day celebrating its successes, highlighting our students and families, and sharing how you can help support its continued work.
As we celebrate REACH today, we ask the members of our community to consider making a gift directly to the program. To do so, please visit regis.org/GiveToREACH or donate by Venmo and note “REACH” in the comments. For more information or assistance making a gift to REACH, please contact the Office of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-288-1142.
REACH AT A GLANCE
There is no cost to any student to enroll in the REACH Program.
First-year “candidates” (students entering 6th grade) spend six weeks in a summer day camp at Regis High School. In each of the three subsequent years of the program (for students entering grades 7, 8, and 9), students spend three weeks in a residential program at Scranton University before joining candidates for three weeks in a day program at Regis. During the school year, REACH students spend 21 Saturdays of additional learning at Regis High School. Learn more about how REACH works here.
The rigorous REACH curriculum focuses heavily on mathematics and English language arts, the two subjects most critical for preparing students to gain admittance to and succeed at top high schools. Students are also exposed to music and visual arts, public speaking, Latin, robotics, computer programming, and test prep.
This summer, 193 students are enrolled in the REACH Program, including 57 candidate students who are entering the sixth grade. REACH students come mainly from grammar schools throughout New York City, with some others commuting from Long Island and Westchester. REACH has increased its enrollment by 50 percent since 2015; we are set to serve a record 153 students from the sixth through eighth grades this fall. All REACH families demonstrate significant financial need, with 86 percent of students coming from low or very low income families, per HUD guidelines.
Since 2013. REACH students’ grades on a nationally normed standardized exam rose an average of 8.2 percentile points from their first to third year. REACH continues to prepare its students for admission to Regis and other top Catholic high schools: Of the 42 students in the REACH Class of 2023, 14 will attend Regis, 12 will attend Fordham Prep, 11 will attend Xavier, and one will attend Loyola.