We annually assess our summer program by examining results from students, teachers and parents. In 2015, the nationally-renowned Stanford University John W. Gardner Center stepped in to evaluate our program. They found that Aim High reflects the best in educational and youth development, and that our efforts result in positive outcomes for students.

Read the Results

When our students and teachers succeed, it creates a powerful ripple effect that’s felt in families, schools, and communities.

In 2016, our 2,185 students gained access to:

  • 10,000 hours of outdoor education
  • 45,600 healthy meals
  • 35 visits to local companies
  • 150 afternoon activities
  • 330,000 minutes read in great books
  • 300,000 hours of academic and enrichment activities

Our Impact on Students

  • 88% of students said they have a more positive attitude about learning because of Aim High

  • 86% of students showed improvement in their reading, writing, and science skills

  • 95% of students said they made new friends at Aim High

  • 93% of students feel they understand how to make positive life choices

  • 92% of parents feel their child is better prepared for school in the fall

Our Impact on Aim High Graduates*

Students Who Graduated High School On Time
  • 98%
    Aim High Students
  • 83%
    National average of low income students 1
Students Who Enrolled in College
  • 98%
    Aim High Graduates
  • 67%
    National average of low income students 2

Our Impact on Teachers

  • 71% of professional educators believe they will be a better teacher during the academic year

  • 81% of teachers feel their teaching skills have improved because of Aim High

  • 91% of teaching assistants reported that they gained valuable and important job skills at Aim High

*based on an 84% response rate of 773 students who completed Aim High in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
1 United States Department of Education. (2017). Common core of data [Data file]. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/tables/ACGR_RE_and_characteristics_2012-13.asp
2 United States Department of Education. (2017). Immediate college enrollment rate [Data file]. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indic ator_cpa.asp