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Achievement Plus

Families, schools and communities collaborating for student success


Achievement Plus Schools are full-service community schools that focus on raising student achievement. Schools and organizations work together to provide resources that help students and families to continue to succeed. Achievement Plus is a collaborative partnership of Saint Paul Public Schools and the Wilder Foundation.


About Achievement Plus Schools

For over 20 years, Saint Paul Public Schools and the Wilder Foundation have collaborated with educators, partners and supporters to provide Achievement Plus full-service community schools where students and their families thrive.

Full-Service Community Schools

Achievement Plus is a whole-community approach to public education that supports student and family success. Achievement Plus Schools are public schools where community partners and educators work together to provide the resources and services that help students – and their families – continue to succeed. More information about community schools.

Community schools work because they:

  • Involve parents, community members and school staff in the students’ academic achievement
  • Serve as a hub for the community and neighborhood
  • Are open to students, families and community members outside normal school hours
  • Offer educational opportunities and resources to school families and community members
  • Tap the community as a resource for learning

Designed as “neighborhood hubs,” Achievement Plus schools provide:

Services provided by Wilder's Achievement Plus, a whole-community approach to public education that supports student and family success.

On-site Achievement Plus Partner Liaisons communicate and collaborate with the school, broader community, parents and guardians to better understand and ensure students and their families are connected to supportive services and resources.

School leaders, staff, families, partners and volunteers work together to raise student achievement and support unique family goals within the school community.

Achievement Plus served 1,200 students and their families in the 2019-2020 school year.

Achievement Plus Schools in Saint Paul

John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School

A collaborative community committed to the academic success of all students. More.

Achievement Plus Site Coordinator
J.T. Harney

John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary
John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School

Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary

A richly diverse neighborhood school (pre-K through grade 5) on Saint Paul’s East Side that focuses on raising student achievement. More.

Achievement Plus Site Coordinator
Cindy Torguson

Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary
Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School

Saint Paul Music Academy

Along with other academic instruction, students receive violin, keyboard and vocal music instruction Pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade. Students in grades 3-5 may choose their musical emphasis. More.

Achievement Plus Site Coordinator
Craig Sweet

Saint Paul Music Academy
Saint Paul Music Academy

It's a tremendous benefit for children and the families because of the wraparound services.

Community Partner

Courageous Stories of Achievement Plus

Achievement Plus staff on Zoom video call

Achievement Plus Finds New Ways to Support School Communities during COVID-19 Closures

Students and families at Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School can get food and basic medical, mental health and dental care alongside classroom learning and academic instruction. Through Achievement Plus, a partnership with ...More about this story »

Get Involved with Achievement Plus


Tour a School

See our community schools in action. Connect with the Achievement Plus site coordinator at the school you'd like to visit for details or email us at


Volunteers help many of our community partners keep their programs running smoothly. Whether you want to tutor a student, stock a food pantry or help out in the classroom or at a school event, we can find the perfect spot for you. Contact for more information.

Partner with Us

We are always looking for community partners who can bring needed services and resources to our Saint Paul families and students. If your organization is interested in partnering with us, let’s connect. Please contact any of our Achievement Plus site coordinators to explore how we can work together or email