Center for Community Engagement

What is Amherst ABC?

ABC is a national residential high school program which prepares academically talented and highly motivated African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American students from educationally underserved school districts for college and future leadership roles in the broader community. Approximately 96% of A Better Chance graduating seniors immediately enroll in college.

Since its foundation, the Amherst ABC chapter has sent over 100 students to Amherst Regional High School, a school rich in diversity, both racial and socioeconomic, which offers rich college preparatory curricula and a vast array of extracurricular and sports activities. Graduates have attended more than 50 colleges and universities.

Amherst ABC Scholars live family-style in the ABC House at 74 North Prospect Street in downtown Amherst. ABC Resident Directors provide a warm supportive environment enriched by daily sessions with Amherst College tutors. ABC Board members, community mentors and ARHS faculty and staff also offer guidance and support. ABC Scholars forge lasting bonds with local host families through monthly weekend visits and additional enrichment activities.

While many Amherst ABC Scholars come from urban neighborhoods in Massachusetts and New York, some have come from as far away as Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas and New Mexico. The ABC Program depends on proceeds of the annual ABC Walk each fall to maintain this high successful residential model. Thanks to those of you who have supported us in the past.

Want More Information?

Download ourĀ ABC ManualABC Manual to read more about the program. You can also watch this episode of Voices from Our Schools, featuring John Sieracki and Talib Sadiq from ABC.



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