Students Leading Students to Greater Success
The Minority Achievement Committee, known informally as the MAC Scholars Program, is a student-led program aimed at improving the academic achievement of African-American males at Shaker Heights High School.
Widely emulated by schools all over the United States, the program was initiated by high-achieving African-American students in 1990 and continues to be led by high-achieving juniors and seniors. Key elements of the program include goal setting, mentoring, help with study skills, use of the academic support resources available at the High School, and public recognition of academic improvement.
In Their Own Words
The MAC program is continually evolving, refining techniques that work, experimenting with new ones, and expanding the dimensions of the project. Each year, the program takes on a slightly different character as the new leaders bring to it their special talents.
What remains constant are the wisdom and integrity of a group of high-achieving black male student leaders who have assumed some measure of responsibility for reversing the disturbing downward trend of their younger counterparts. The Scholars are steadfast in their belief that they can make an important difference and that their mission is to restore hope in the younger students that they will, indeed, have futures that hold promise.