Gaela Peters Shines a Light on Aim High’s Purpose at Shorenstein Luncheon

On Thursday, May 18 over a hundred Aim High supporters joined us at our annual Shorenstein Luncheon. At the event, Gaela Peters, a long-serving Site Director, reminded our community of the important work Aim High does every summer–and the promise and potential of Bay Area Youth. Read the text of her speech below, and be…

PAYING IT FORWARD: Young Educators of the Peninsula

Previously, we shared with you the origin story of Aim High on the Peninsula and the people that helped make it happen. Now, we want to share with you the stories of two individuals who truly embody the values and spirit of Aim High on the Peninsula, and everywhere else. Diana Vargas and Lucia Gonzalez…

Aim High Champions of the Peninsula

Aim High is celebrating its 30th year of providing transformative summer learning experience. We are also celebrating  Aim High’s 10th Anniversary on the Peninsula! Since 1986, Aim High has been serving under-resourced middle school students across the Bay Area. Over the past thirty years, Aim High has grown considerably. By 2005, what began as a…

Celebrating those who come back year after year

All Campus Day is an opportunity for our teachers to collaborate, connect, and create great lessons for our students. But it’s also a chance to honor those teachers who keep coming back to Aim High year after year. This year, we honored 52 teachers who have been with Aim High for six or more years….

Being 12 Years Old is Hard. But Aim High Makes it Much Easier.

Every summer, magic unfolds in just 5 weeks and encircles our middle school children. Aim High staff work countless hours to create a safe, engaging, and welcoming home for each student. Not only do we appreciate our children for the awkward and curious 12 year olds that many of them are, but we look at what opportunities and support they may never have during the regular school year, and strategize as to how we can provide it.

Meet a Few of the 440 Teachers Who Make Aim High Unique

With Preview Week in full swing, the Aim High central office is buzzing with excited teachers. The four teachers below will join more than 440 others this summer to create fun, engaging learning communities across 15 campuses.  Come see Charlie, Melanie, Samantha, and Dimitri in action this summer at one of our Visiting Days.  What’s something…

Preview Week Gets Teachers into the Aim High ‘Groove’

You know summer is around the corner when when Aim High’s Preview Week begins. Preview Week is a series of professional development workshops offered to all Aim High teachers. Through these trainings, teachers prepare for the summer and adjust to the Aim High culture, which differs from a typical school environment. “Working with people who are involved…

Aim High Honors Distinguished Teacher and Alumna at Annual Gala

On Wednesday, November 13, over 400 supporters gathered at Bimbos’ 365 Club in North Beach to support Aim High and celebrate the accomplishments of its teachers, students, and partners. Tony Rodgers, an Aim High teacher for 12 years, was introduced by a group of his former students as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Educator…

Profile: Darrius Johnson

Darrius Johnson is an Aim High graduate and a Teaching Assistant with Aim High’s Environmental Home program (AHEH).  AHEH is a hands-on outdoor experience that fosters environmental awareness, leadership, interpersonal understanding, and a stewardship ethic that extends into all areas of life.  For more than 15 years, Aim High’s graduating 9th graders have spent a…

Aim High Grad & Teacher Dakarai Griffin Selected for 2012 “Building A Grad Nation” Summit

Aim High-Urban graduate Dakarai Griffin has been selected to participate in a national summit on closing the achievement gap and building a college-going culture among American youth in Washington, D.C.  The 2012 Building A Grad Nation Summit is the capstone event of a 10-year campaign from America’s Promise Alliance, focusing on ending the high school…