1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Minority Achievement

Office of Minority Achievement

Department of Instruction
Syphax Education Center @ Sequoia Plaza
2110 Washington Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Arlington, VA 22204


Teri Adkins, Ph.D., Supervisor

Jennifer Falbo, Administrative Assistant

Collage of facesThe Office of Minority Achievement is dedicated to helping students discover and utilize resources that will help them progress toward their personal goals. This department works to create an equitable, hospitable, safe, and inclusive environment for students, families, and staff. The goal of this work is to create culturally affirming spaces where openness, inclusiveness, respect, and appreciation for diversity of thought, values, cultures, learning styles, perceptions, and actions flourish.

Philosophy and Goals

It is the goal of the Office of Minority Achievement to assist students, families, and schools in the attainment of academic excellence by:
  • matching and monitoring students’ involvement with pre-existing, as well as, self-initiated educational and/or culturally enriching opportunities.
  • teaching parents and students to navigate the system so that educational goals are realistic and attainable.
  • encouraging students to take challenging courses throughout their academic career.
  • helping to ensure that students have equal access to all academic programs.
  • encouraging students to discover and utilize resources that will help them progress towards their personal goals.
  • teaching parents and students to become positive and effective self-advocates.
  • exposing students to the rigors and expectations of the next level of education.
  • providing teachers with direct support and strategies for working with families of a diverse student population.

On Saturday, March 21st, APS sponsored the 4th Annual Color of Leadership Middle School  Boys’ Conference at Yorktown High School. Two hundred fourteen boys were in attendance and given the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers, attend various career, manhood, and sports-related workshops, and meet peers from the different middle schools. The keynote speaker was Mr. Jesse Mejia, founder of MBA Catalyst®.

The conference ended with a Brother-to-Brother ceremony in which each participant was able to choose a necktie from a collection donated by community members and APS partners, and have an adult mentor teach them how to tie it.

Opening session video

To see pictures of the day, click the following link: 


Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors!
  • Arlington Career Center 
  • Arlington Community Foundation
  • ASAP Screen Printing
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bon Secours Sports Medicine
  • Define Physical Therapy
  • Edu-Futuro
  • From the Heart Church Ministries
  • Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
  • Macedonia Baptist Church
  • MBA Catalyst®
  • Men's Wearhouse
  • Mikido
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
  • Nauck Community Services Center
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Office of Minority Achievement
  • The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families Foundation
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Federal Reserve System

*Click the Student Resources link for workshop and scholarship opportunities.

Last Modified on November 5, 2015