For more than two decades, the REACH Program at Regis High School has empowered high-achieving Catholic middle-school boys with significant financial need and from underserved communities to participate in an entirely tuition-free high school preparatory program through which they develop skills needed to earn scholarships and be successful at top Catholic high schools in New York City.
On Wednesday, August 17, we invited the wider Regis community to celebrate our fifth annual REACH Appreciation Day in support of our students, dedicated staff, and our Graduate Support Program – now in its fifth year of providing a robust support network for both REACH alumni and current REACH students as they transition from middle school to high school.
Since REACH was founded, we have welcomed gifts of any size and those gifts enable us to achieve our important mission, increase students served, and expand programming. To make a gift directly to REACH, 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 Development Office at email@example.com or 212-288-1142.
REACH Graduate Support Director Prince Hunt Regis '16 (REACH Class of 2012) sat down with Vice President for Development James Kennedy '02 this week for a wide-ranging conversation about the program. The first REACH alumnus to serve as a full-time REACH administrator, Hunt discusses how REACH shaped him, why he decided to work in education, and the inspiring work he does to support REACH graduates throughout their lives.
There is no cost to any student to enroll in the REACH Program.
Students spend 37 of their summer days in an intensive leadership and academic summer program. The first three weeks are a residential learning academy at either Fordham University of University of Scranton. The second three weeks are comprised of a day program at Regis High School. Students also commit to 21 Saturdays of additional learning during the school year.
REACH annually enrolls approximately 160 middle school students who come from a variety of grammar schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City, with another handful commuting from Long Island and Westchester. From a program of less than 100 students in the early years, REACH expanded by 50% to serve 150 students in 2016, and this summer (2022) serves 192 students across four grade levels – a record number of students served.
All REACH families demonstrate significant financial need. 88% of the newly admitted students (84% of all REACH students) are from low and very low-income families (per HUD data). 93% of current REACH students are students of color and over half speak a language other than English at home.
Program Updates and Student Achievements
To learn even more about the REACH, browse the REACH website or read these past articles on the program:
Thank you so much for your ongoing interest in and support of the REACH Program. If you have any questions or need assistance in making a gift to REACH, please contact the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-288-1142.