A Better Chance in Darien (ABC) is one of 20 community school programs (CSP) of A Better Chance, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
ABC in Darien was founded in 1980 and our first class of six female scholars arrived in the fall of 1981. The scholars live in Darien and attend our nationally-ranked high school. Over our more than 40-year history, 58 scholars have graduated from Darien High School and gone on to prestigious universities, successful careers and impactful community involvement.
Today we have seven scholars who live together with live-in resident directors who provide a safe and supportive home-like atmosphere and help provide the tools needed to thrive and successfully complete the ABC program. They are supported by an active board of directors, academic tutors, college counseling, a local host family and volunteer drivers to ensure they can take advantage of all that the Darien community has to offer.
Our ABC house is located within walking distance of town allowing scholars easy access to shops and activities. Downstairs features a fully stocked communal kitchen, dining room and cozy living area and, below that, a basement study area and rec room. Upstairs, scholars have semi-private bedrooms which they can decorate as their own. The house sits on a private 3/4-acre lot with a lovely backyard and patio.
Recently rated the #1 public high school in Connecticut by US News & World Report, Darien provides world-class academics that prepare scholars for college
With a 100% graduation rate, and in-depth college counseling, scholars have attended and succeeded at leading universities throughout the US.
Beyond academics, scholars are very active in Darien High School extracurriculars including sports, clubs, performing arts, volunteer organizations, student government and more
After-school jobs, internships and community volunteering are other ways scholars become part of the Darien community.
Family-style living promotes a strong bond among the scholars creating sisterhood, mentorship and life-long friendships
A local host family provides another home away from home and typically builds a long-term relationship that lasts far beyond their four years in Darien.