SF Giants Pitcher Jake Peavy is an Aim High All-Star!

As if summers at Aim High weren’t memorable enough, SF Giants pitcher Jake Peavy made this one especially unforgettable. Through his eponymous foundation, Peavy generously sponsored 22 students to join our program in San Francisco. To honor his support, we launched ‘Peavy’s Pals,’ a baseball-themed afternoon activity. Students explored the math and science behind the sport and made…

5-4-3-2-1…Nasa Hosts Career Day for Aim High Students

It’s not uncommon for young people to dream of becoming an astronaut. Eating freeze-dried ice cream while floating weightlessly above earth is something we’d all like to try. This summer, Aim High students came a step closer to making that dream a reality when they attended a Career Day at NASA. Thanks to Aim High science teacher Jomei Liao, 21…

Yelp Hosts an Engaging Networking Day for Aim High Teachers and Alum

Yelp, the well-known crowd-sourcing website, hosted an exciting career networking day for Aim High teaching assistants (TAs) and alumni. Seventeen high school students visited the Yelp Headquarters in downtown San Francisco for a day of hands-on professional learning and networking. The event was informative, engaging, and fun. TAs and alumni learned about Yelp, its departments and objectives, and spoke with…

Career Days: Aim High Students Visit KPMG, Credit Suisse, and GoPro

College and career options are topics Aim High students explore each summer. It’s part of our mission, after all, to ‘Prepare students for college, setting them on the path to future successes’. Career Days, a staple of the Aim High curriculum, is one way we do that. During such, students engage in activities designed to show the connection between education…

Intersecting San Francisco Blogs About Aim High and Design School X

Intersecting San Francisco is a free Bay Area summer program that engages students in critical discussions about the city. Through interaction, discussion, and self-reflection, young people ages 14-18 are challenged to re-assess their own assumptions about San Francisco. They discuss inequality, new and persisting divisions in the city, and broaden their horizons. The program was launched by three Princeton students and convenes…

Meet Laney Corda, SF Teacher of the Year

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office honored Aim High co-Site Director Laney Corda this past spring with the Mayor’s Teacher of the Year Award. Along with five other SFUSD educators, Laney received the award for her commitment to innovation, accountability, and equity in the classroom. Laney is a beloved figure in the Aim High community. She has…

Signature Aim High Activities: Student Favorites over the Years

“Aim High is not a summer school. It’s a summer experience,” says Maya Nieto, Aim High Class of 2005. She’s right. Though our 2,200 students spend their mornings engaged in rigorous academic coursework, afternoons are devoted to fun enrichment activities, most of which are not offered in your average school day. These afternoon activities are…

Aim High Students Take the Field at AT&T Park

Thanks to our generous community partner and supporter Bank of America, students and parents from our Mission District campus attended the Diamondbacks v. Giants game on July 10. Students took the field moments before starting pitch and proudly stood in front of 42 thousand spectators. They met Giants players, got autographs, took pictures, and had a truly amazing afternoon….

Aim High Campuses Compete for Pizza in the 30 Photo Challenge

Collecting photos from campuses is always a gargantuan task. Teachers are busy with students and grades, so photos aren’t their top priority, and sending a professional photographer to each campus is unrealistic. This year, as a means to encourage photo sharing with the Aim High Central Office, we introduced the 30 Photo Challenge. Campuses were tasked with capturing 30 quality photos throughout…

Afternoon Elective Introduces Students to Street Art

Afternoon electives at Aim High are as fun as they are diverse. Some students play basketball or board games, while others opt for dance class or cooking. This summer, students at Wallenberg High School, our interim campus in the Haight, chose to engage in arts and crafts with a special focus on street art. Thanks to…