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Our Mission

The Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies' mission is to guide high-achieving, economically disadvantaged high school students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty.

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We are a college readiness STEM program spanning over two years, the junior and senior years of high school, aiming to bridge the learning gap between high school and college. We focus on teaching our scholars Cultural Capital & Life Skills, College Readiness, and STEM Career Awareness.

To shape our students' personal, professional, and educational development, we host STEM guest speakers, teach networking and communication skills, create student excursions to college campuses and STEM career facilities, hands-on STEM projects, and much more.

What Do We Do?

The goal of Achievement Institute’s College to Career Readiness STEM Program is to provide low-income minority students in Santa Ana with a clear college to a career pathway in the STEM fields to ensure that they obtain gainful employment and break the cycle of poverty in their families.

Class of 2015 at Edwards Lifesciences learning about bioprosthetics

Our Goals

Motivate youth to specialize in the fields that are the future of our country, educational system, employment opportunities.

Coordinate industry and academic partners to motivate and assist our students in applying to colleges and universities, majoring in STEM fields

Help parents of economically disadvantaged high school students understand the value of higher education and access the resources necessary to enable their children to obtain a university education.

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Provide training on “cultural capital” to the students: leadership, team-work, cooperation, time management, manners, attire, comportment, and personal presentation skills.

Good Jobs Now and for the Future, by Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration, shows that growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years. And throughout the next decade, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17%, compared to 9.8% growth for other occupations.”

-Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce


A scholar from AISS class of 2017 introduces himself to Lucinda Pueblos, Assistant Superintendent of SAUSD

Our Goals
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