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Our Purpose & Goals

While experiencing overall increases in student graduation rates, Advanced Placement course enrollment, and the number of college and university applications completed, Fresno Unified School District recognized that our African American students were not experiencing these positive trends at the same rate. Having made these observations, Fresno Unified School District identified an underlying need to accelerate its efforts and invest further in this aggressive effort to to justly serve African American students.

The African American Academic Acceleration Initiative (A4) is dedicated to addressing the fundamental causes for the discrepancy in academic outcomes between African American students and other subgroups of the student population within FUSD.

The A4 Initiative exists to:

  • Ensure African American students will excel in reading, writing and math

  • Achieve for our African American students

  • Create data-informed academic programs

  • Identify opportunities for academic supports for educators and administrators

  • Provide access to academic-advancing tools and experiences for students

  • Develop focused strategies to engage students and parents to become self-advocates

  • Identify effective practices from practitioners and leaders from other districts who focus on African American academic acceleration and have succeeded in closing the achievement gap

  • Become leaders and a model for other districts in this state and across the country

A4 aims to achieve the following goals in collaboration with Fresno Unified School District and district-wide school sites for our African American students:

  • All students reading at or above grade level

  • Rise in student performance on math and science examinations

  • Increase in high school graduation rates and post-secondary and career


  • African American Academic Acceleration (A4)
    2309 Tulare - Fresno, California - 93721
    Phone: (559) 457-3728

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    2309 Tulare St., Fresno, CA 93721   •   (559) 457-3000

    Non-Discrimination Statement: Fresno Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, age, creed, religion, political affiliation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, medical information, military veteran status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other basis protected by law or regulation, in its educational program(s) or employment. If you believe you, or your student, have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying you should contact your school site principal and/or the District’s Chief Compliance and Title IX Officer Paul Idsvoog, by phone at 559-457-3730, by email at, or in person at 2309 Tulare Street Fresno, CA 93721.
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