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.
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.
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.
The Mini-IMANI program is introduced at the elementary school level to improve reading and writing skills through child-driven, parent-supported book clubs.
The Bestfoods Educational Scholarship is awarded for the first time to 2 graduating seniors who participated in IMANI academic support programs.
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.
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.