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…

Alumni with Student Group

Tahoe Truckee Aim High: Five Magical Summers

Lake Tahoe and Truckee usually elicit visions of picturesque vacation homes, a crystal-blue lake, and ski slopes as far as the eye can see.  But in the past, those in education saw something different. They saw a problem. A few years ago, the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) had one of the largest achievement gaps in California. Aim…

Aim High Inspires The Children’s Day School Community

Aim High’s summer program excites and inspires students and teachers. Turns out it inspires our partners, too! On Tuesday, June 28, we hosted our first ever Visiting Day at Children’s Day School, our newest school partner, located in the Mission. CDS staff and parents were invited to see the program in action. They met our students, teachers, and…

A Decade in the Making: Aim High’s Return to the Bayview

Today marks the second week of Aim High at Willie Brown Jr. Middle School, our newest campus in San Francisco. Although it’s only been six days since our program launched, the notion of a new Bayview campus had been on the minds of Aim High leadership for years. “We really pride ourselves on locating Aim High campuses in…

Summer Matters, and The New York Times Agrees.

For some families, June, July, and August are carefree months filled with summer camps and vacations. For others, it’s a period of stress and desperation as lower income families search for affordable child care or resort to leaving them home alone. On June 4, The New York Times published The Families That Can’t Afford Summer, a pertinent article…

The Urban School and Aim High: The Spirit of Collaboration

Aim High began in the summer of 1986 as a small, one-school operation at Lick Wilmerding High School. Soon after, another independent school got word about Lick’s incubation of the Aim High summer program. Aim High wouldn’t stay small for very long.   In the spring of 1988, Aim High co-founders Alec Lee and Eleanor…

SF Mayor Honors Aim High Site Director as Teacher of the Year

Aim High Site Director, Laney Corda, received the prestigious Mayor’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year Award on May 9 during a Giants Pre-Game Homeplate Ceremony at AT&T Park. As part of Teacher Appreciation Month, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recognized teachers and principals in the San Francisco Unified School District for their commitment to improving…

Pathways and Possibilities: The Legacy of Doug Shorenstein

Many people already know about Doug Shorenstein: the successful businessman and civic leader. Through the seventh installment of our “30 Years, 30 Stories” series, we hope to acquaint people with another Doug Shorenstein: the philanthropist, friend, and family man.

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…