8 Plus Learning Academies are deigned to meet the needs of students who have not met the New York City Promotional Standards at the end of the eight grade. The program can be seen as a "middle high school program," where eighth grade students will have an opportunity to meet the promotional standards, gain knowledge about high school requirement, earn high school credits in specified courses and participate in a standard-based programs that emphasizes literacy and numeracy. The purpose of the Eight Plus Program is to offer: