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Empowering Youth for Academic Success

The Academic Advocate is a parent outreach program designed to provide assistance and guidance to parents of minority youth who need additional academic support.

Let us be your Academic Advocate!
We're committed to closing the achievement gap and promoting academic equity for all students. Our experienced mentors provide personalized support and guidance to help students reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond.
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The Problem:
Alachua County's
Racial Achievement Gap

Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) has the WIDEST racial achievement gap in the State of Florida between white and Black students in both English language arts and mathematics.


The 2021-2022 State Assessments revealed a 28 point difference between White students and African American students in ELA and a 31 percentage point difference in Math. Alachua county has a 45 point difference (17 points higher than the State) between White students and African American students in ELA and a 46 percentage point difference in Math (16 points higher) than the State.

The Solution:
The Academic Advocate

At the Academic Advocate, we understand that the racial achievement gap is a prevalent issue is the educational system, and we are committed to helping underperforming minorities succeed. Our team of dedicated mentors provides students with the guidance and resources they need excel academically. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed and are committed to making this a reality for all students.

We can start narrowing  the racial achievement gap by providing targeted interventions to African American youth in Alachua County. 

More data

  • Alachua County has the fourth highest out of school suspension rate for Black students of all Florida school districts. 

  • Only 26.7% of Black students as compared with 71.5% of White students in Alachua County scored at or above grade level in English Language Arts on the Florida State Assessment (FSA) (FLDOE, 2018a).

  • Schools with magnet programs have a 66.8% achievement gap between Black and White students in ELA (SBAC, 2017; FLDOE, 2018b).

  • Black students comprise 35.5% of school population but account for 70.6% of district suspensions (FLDOE 2018b; FLDOE, 2018c).  

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