Connection and Community

Aim High is committed to supporting our community during these unprecedented times. In March, more than six million California public school children were out of school. Many of these students have limited access to educational resources at home, widening the achievement and opportunity gaps even further. Summer is our chance to address these divides so…

Windows and mirrors: Aim High’s recommended anti racist reading list

In 2013, when George Zimmerman was acquitted of Trayvon Martin’s death, Aim High’s curriculum team worked all weekend gathering and creating resources our teachers could use the following Monday to help students process their emotions about such a clear injustice. The following summer, after an NPYD officer killed Eric Garner and a Ferguson, Mo. officer…

This is Hard, and That’s Okay

During shelter-in-place, we have been reaching out to our Aim High educators for guidance on maintaining connection and community. Today, we’re sharing reflections from Michelle Cody, an Aim High graduate who is the founding site director for our Bayview campus at Willie Brown Middle School. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.  …

Aim High’s Teacher Pipeline: Inspiring the Next Generation of Educational Leaders

Throughout Aim High’s 34-year history, we have created a pipeline for talented young educators of color. It is critical that our students, 98% of whom are youth of color, have access to teachers who share their cultural and ethnic identities. Which is why each summer 79% of our teachers are people of color and 56%…

Danny and Jessica: An Aim High Love Story

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins.” ~ Mary Oliver It’s Valentine’s Day! And on this gorgeous and sunny February Friday, it’s impossible not to bask in the energy and sentiment of the day….

Aim High Educator Spotlight

Rosa Ayala spends her days empowering English learners as a translator/interpreter at her high school alma mater, East Palo Alto Academy. In the summer, Rosa works as a site director (Aim High’s equivalent of a school principal) at our East Palo Alto campus. We posed the following 8 questions to Rosa. Her responses shed light…

Aim High Gala Highlights: 2019 Edition

On Wednesday, November 6, we hosted our 2019 Annual Gala CONNECTIONS. It was an inspiring evening, and we’re grateful to everyone who attended and sponsored. Thank you for your support and belief in our work. We invite you to revisit the evening by viewing photos of the evening and reading the speech of our Rising…

Lessons from Montgomery

On a 100-degree fall day in Montgomery, Alabama, 14 Aim High staff members reckoned with America’s history of slavery, racial terror lynchings, segregation and mass incarceration at the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. EJI was founded in 1989 by attorney Bryan Stevenson to provide legal representation for…

Corporate Partners Make a Lasting Impact for Aim High Students

Aim High Career Days provide our students with the opportunity to dream big about life beyond middle school. Thank you to our corporate partners who make this essential part of our summer program possible!  In 2019, sixteen companies hosted 500 Aim High students at their offices across the Bay Area giving our students the opportunity…

New Aim High Campus Opens in Oakland at Westlake Middle School

Aim High launched its fifth East Bay campus this summer at Westlake Middle School in Oakland. Oakland educators Erica Bryant and Moses Omoade co-led the campus, which came to life with 60 eager students and a dedicated staff.  Erica is an 11th-grade humanities teacher and instructional coach at Alternatives in Action, a charter school in…