History

Through a unique collaboration with parent volunteers, school district officials, and community leaders, IMANI has made solid progress over the past 18 years in narrowing the achievement gap between minority and white students.

Timeline

1999
January 1

1999

1999
When research reveals that white students in the Montclair school district are outscoring minority students on standardized tests and outpacing them on admission to top-tier colleges, the Superintendent of Montclair Public Schools asks a group of parents and community leaders to brainstorm ideas for eliminating the achievement gap.
2000
January 1

2000

2000
Recognizing the need to provide minority students with the same kind of support available to more affluent white students, IMANI begins offering SAT prep classes led by professional tutors and small study groups taught by certified teachers.
2001
January 1

2001

2001
IMANI collaborates with Montclair High School (MHS) to introduce summer enrichment programs in Literature and Algebra to help incoming freshmen strengthen their reading and math skills and more successfully navigate the challenging transition to high school.
2004
January 1

2004

2004
The Mini-IMANI program is introduced at the elementary school level to improve reading and writing skills through child-driven, parent-supported book clubs.
January 1

2004

2004
With major funding from the Bestfoods Educational Foundation, the IMANI College Advocacy Center opens its doors. This supportive and welcoming community-based resource provides individualized counseling to assist MHS students with all aspects of the college application process.  
2005
January 11

2005

2005
IMANI’s dedication to meeting the needs of underserved students in Montclair is recognized with the Walter A. Lack Distinguished Volunteer Award, presented by the Montclair Board of Education for “outstanding and consistent service and support to the public schools.”  
2006
January 1

2006

2006
Middle IMANI, a middle school program dedicated to improving the performance of adolescent boys of color, is launched with a generous grant from the Schumann Fund for New Jersey.
2012
January 1

2012

2012
The Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award is presented to IMANI Executive Director JoAnn McCullough for her dedication and service to the Montclair community.
2013
January 1

2013

2013
The College Board honors IMANI with the Dr. Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award, given to individuals and organizations that have encouraged African American students to strive for academic success.
2014
January 1

2014

2014
The Bestfoods Educational Scholarship is awarded for the first time to 2 graduating seniors who participated in IMANI academic support programs.
2015
January 1

2015

2015
To better prepare Montclair middle school students to meet the rigor of the Common Core State Standards for language arts and mathematics, a new co-ed Middle IMANI after school program is introduced at Glenfield Middle School.  
2016
January 1

2016

2016
During the 2015-16 school year, the Middle IMANI after school program is offered at Renaissance Middle School. The Middle IMANI Coding & Technology Club is also launched.

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