Why Clinton ABC

Clinton ABC is a program that works. Since 1972, all of our graduates have been admitted to college and gone on to lead lives of consequence as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and businessmen.

Small School Setting – with only about 100 students in each grade, teachers get to know their students well and students have more opportunities to join groups, organizations and sports teams.

A Blue Ribbon School – Clinton High School has earned the highest national honor a public school may receive from the United States Department of Education having  been named a “2017 National Blue Ribbon School.”  Clinton qualified for the designation as an “Exemplary High Performing School” which means it is among the highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests (program information).

Nationally recognized school for academic excellence – Clinton was selected as a school of excellence in the U.S. Department of Education’s School Recognition Program. In 2014, Newsweek ranked Clinton 232nd nationally and 23rd in New York State on its list of America’s Top Schools.

Tutoring Program – Individual academic support is offered to ABC scholars by Hamilton College student tutors five nights a week (Sun. – Thurs.) during study hours.

Home environment – Scholars live together in a home with a resident director family.

Use of college facilities – The ABC House is on the Hamilton College campus and students have free access to college facilities, including the library, fitness center, pool, field house, theatres and more.

Extra college counseling – in addition to the expertise of the guidance counselors in the high school, the Clinton ABC board includes two members who work as college admission officers. All of these people assist our scholars in their search for the right college. Typically, more than 90% of Clinton’s seniors go to college.

A long history of success – Clinton ABC graduates have gone on to some of the best colleges in the country to become successful in a range of professions.

Lifetime friendships – Many of our scholars remain connected to their host families and friends throughout their life.

Our Mission

To substantially increase the number of well-educated young men and women of color capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.