Go-To-High-School, Go-To-College

History and Scope of Xi Alpha Lambda Go-To-High-School, Go-To-College Program

The “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College” program, established in 1922, concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement. Through the Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College educational initiative, young men receive information and learn strategies that facilitate success. The three primary vehicles to facilitate this program are:

Alpha Academy was established at Potomac Middle School in 2007 by Guidance Counselor Director and member of Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter, Bro. Richmond Hill. This program provides young males (6th—8th grade) with positive role models and the skills necessary for academic success and productive citizenship. The program emphasizes positive self-esteem, health and wellness, leadership training and development, community service, and career exploration.

In 2017 Alpha Academy expanded to add another program at South County Middle School in Lorton, VA.

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Alpha Scholars is an extension of Alpha Academy established to prepare young males (9th-12th grade) for college and the post-secondary challenges they are sure to face. We focus on scholastic achievement, choosing the right college, SAT/ACT prep, finding scholarships and best practices on the journey towards graduation. The young men receive hands on experiences to open their minds to varying career paths, and post-secondary avenues for success. The Alpha Scholars serve as junior mentors for the young men in the Alpha Academy program.

The Alpha Academy @ Potomac Middle School and Alpha Scholars meet twice a month on Saturday mornings and Alpha Academy @ South County Middle School meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each session is strategically thought out by the mentors to address issues that are relevant to the young men. Each lesson is designed so that the mentees in these programs can take and share what they’ve learned with their community.  Additionally the program incorporates affirmation statements and poems that each young man commits to memory over the course of the program. All of these elements provide for a unique program that enforces discipline and accountability for every participant.

For more information about the Alpha Academy or Alpha Scholars program, email: alphaacademyxal@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AlphaAcademyXAL

Xi Alpha Lambda chapter has supported the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia since 2012. AVID is a system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.  The AVID schoolwide model can bring about systemic change across an entire campus by increasing the instructional impact through strategy instruction in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, or WICOR.  AVID schoolwide examines and reflects on leadership, instruction, school culture, and systems and works to decrease achievement and opportunity gaps by further promoting post-high school planning.  In essence, the AVID system supports equitable practices and opportunities for ALL students.


The AVID elective course in the secondary model targets students who are typically under-represented in four year colleges, students in the academic middle (2.0 – 3.5), those determined to attend post-high school institutions, and students who may be the first generation in the family to attend college. All AVID students who have the desire to take part in this ongoing elective course are required to complete an application and take part in an interview prior to being selected. Brothers from the chapter serve as instructors, keynote speakers, and panelists to support this program.

Download the Go To High School, Go to College Mentoring Application here.

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For more information on the GTHS-GTC program, email: xal_education@apaxal.com

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  • Origins of Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter

    In the late summer of 1980, the idea of establishing an Alpha Phi Alpha chapter that would be directed towards serving the communities of Prince William and Southern Fairfax Counties took momentum. It was on May 31, 1981, that 34 brothers chartered Xi Alpha Lambda (XAL) in Prince William County, VA as Key Number #590. The men of XAL Chapter consists mostly of active and retired military officers, government civilians and businessmen. We are leaders in the community who are constantly striving to project the positive image of Alpha men as Servants of All.
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