Who We Are

ABLE is a non-profit organization led by young professionals in Boston seeking to provide a high-expectation high school education to students who may not be eligible for traditional merit based scholarships and who would likely struggle in a traditional high school.

How ABLE Works

ABLE partners with select middle schools to identify these students who would benefit from a high-expectations high school education and a dedicated and involved mentor. Prospective students are screened through an application process and collaborative discussions with school administrators to ensure that ABLE’s resources are allocated to those most in need. Upon selection, ABLE provides customized financial aid packages and pairs students with a committed mentor who supports a student throughout his or her high school career. Mentors serve as role models and academic coaches stressing the importance for students to graduate from high school and go on to a 4-year college.

Partner High Schools

ABLE partners with 4 high schools throughout Boston, including: BC High, Cathedral, Catholic Memorial and Matignon. Click on the school links below to learn more about each one.

Boston College High School

Cathedral High School

Catholic Memorial High School

The Cambridge Matignon School

Our Operating Model: Built on Success

ABLE is modeled after Student Sponsor Partners (SSP), a New York City based program that currently provides financial support and academic mentoring to over 1,200 at-risk students. ABLE was founded in 2008 and currently serves over 20 students in 4 partner schools.

Since its founding in 2008, ABLE has graduated numerous students from high school.  Over 90% of these students have gone on to a 4-year college.  Universities that past ABLE scholars have attended include Regis College, Williams College, Boston College, Northeastern University, New York University, Providence College, UMass-Boston, UMass-Amherst, Barry University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Target Student

  • Motivated to succeed and has demonstrated a willingness to work hard if given the proper support
  • Someone who has demonstrated some level of academic need, with average grades
  • Someone who wants and appreciates the value of a mentor
  • Someone who comes from a family who cannot afford a private school education without ABLE’s support