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…

Students and Families Prepare for Life Beyond Aim High

As our program heads into its final weeks, teachers are preparing our students and their families for the transitions they will face in the upcoming school year. Moving onto middle school, choosing a high school, and beginning to prepare for college can be stressful, and Futures Night is one way teachers are helping families and…

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….

Aim High’s 30th Summer Kicks Off at All Campus Day

For the past few months, Aim High has been gearing up for a fantastic summer. From recruiting students to hiring energetic teachers, every step is an essential part of the preparation process. The final step is uniting our teachers at All Campus Day to train and inspire our staff before they head off to their respective…

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…

Opening a Third Site on the Peninsula With Great Leaders

This summer, we’re opening a third site on the Peninsula and we couldn’t be happier. When we expand to a new site, it’s crucial that we find talented, energetic, and positive role models to head up our campus as Co-Site Directors. Marcos Lopez and Jessica Gonzalez are exactly that. This summer, they will be the founding…

270,000 Minutes to Read Around the World: The 2015 Aim High Summer Reading Challenge

Summer is a time for relaxation, friends, and laughter. But it’s also a time when kids fall behind in their reading skills. On average, students lose two full months of learning during the summer if they’re not reading regularly. Aim High seeks to counteract this effect, called the Summer Slide, through rigorous academics, and also by…

2014 Distinguished Alumna, Lakisha Young, shares her Aim High story

First and foremost, I’d like to thank my mom. I would not be able to share my story with all of you tonight without her support and belief in me. Unfortunately, she is not here tonight. She is on her first trip ever out of the country. I am very happy for her, but sad…