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…

30 Years, 30 Stories: Bringing the Aim High Magic Outdoors

When imagining academic enrichment, do you see yourself in a classroom or out in the wilderness? What about both?

What most people don’t know about Aim High is that some of our greatest transformative learning opportunities happen when students can get out of the classroom and get a little dirt under their fingernails.

In our third edition of 30 Years, 30 Stories, we take a closer look at the launch of our flagship program, the Aim High Environmental Home.

30 Years, 30 Stories: Our First Summer (1986)

Many of us at Aim High have only heard stories about those first foggy summers at Aim High’s inaugural Lick-Wilmerding campus. After all, it all began 30 years ago, and 30 years is a long time. In the Summer of 1986, Ronald Reagan was President, Top Gun was in theaters, and Whitney Houston and Madonna…

Aim High Students Take the Field at AT&T Park

Thanks to our community partner Bank of America, nine Aim High students took starting position at the Giants vs. A’s game on Sunday, July 26. Students were chosen through a raffle, and winners got to invite their families. Here are some pictures of the unforgettable afternoon. Photos by Maya Nieto and Michelle Capobres. Want to…

Oakland Students Explore Hip-Hop and Self-Expression

Aim High teachers inspire and empower our students, and they also lead some pretty cool lessons. Jewell Bachelor, an Issues and Choices teacher at our East Oakland campus, is an excellent example of this. In her class, she introduced her students to the five elements of hip-hop—emceeing, beatboxing, breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti. At the end…

Random Acts of Kindness Uplift Tahoe/Truckee

Pulling weeds and playing bingo with hospital patients may sound like unusual ways for teenagers to spend the afternoon, but that’s what some Aim High students are doing in Tahoe/Truckee. This summer, the afternoon activity Random Acts of Kindness teaches students to give back to the community. Each Thursday afternoon, Aim High teachers Kendra Madding and Liza Engstrom lead…

Aim High Students March For Affordable Housing

Aim High students and teachers crossed the intersection of Guerrero and 18th Street amidst honking horns and cheering pedestrians. “Together we can!” students chanted, “Together we will!” This summer, our Mission campus organized a march around the neighborhood to protest rising housing prices that have displaced hundreds of families throughout the Bay Area. The march…

Aim High Students Impress the San Francisco Public Library

Aim High teachers are serious about reading. One site’s first field trip of the summer was to multiple public library branches around the city. Students toured the facilities, applied for library cards, and checked out books. After visiting the Excelsior Branch, the librarian quickly emailed the Site Directors, praising our students: These students, along with…

Middle School Students Are Natural Lyricists

Students and teachers broke into verse during our Visiting Day at Garfield Community School last week. As part of the afternoon activity Beats and Rhymes, students wrote and composed a rap expressing their love of Aim High and the great things they experience. Their teacher, Ariel Estébez, spends her school  year as a traveling music…

Aim High Students Raise Worms, Grow Plants, and Discover the Art of the Sandwich

Personal enrichment is a central component of Aim High. Inspiring a love of learning and encouraging exploration is woven into every aspect of our summer program, and nothing demonstrates this more than afternoon activities. After morning classes and lunch, students participate in enrichment  activities until the day ends at 3pm. Activities are organized and led…