AIM HIGH Overview
Target demographics: Low-income Bay Area youth ages 11-14; Aim High graduates age 15-19
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2008: 1,100 students at 12 campuses
Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto, CA
Programs: For the past 22 years, Aim High has been helping middle school students in the San Francisco Bay Area achieve their dreams by providing a tuition-free summer enrichment program in underserved neighborhoods. Nearly 5,000 students have benefited from Aim High's unique, innovative curriculum that offers challenges and, most importantly, results at a time when students need it most.
The Program: There are five main components to Aim High's program outlined in the strategic plan, Vision 2010. The summer school program has always been, and remains, the heart of our work, but other key initiatives build on our strengths and support our mission. These are listed below:
* Summer School Program - During the summer session, students participate in academic classes in the morning, attending Math, Science, Humanities, and Issues & Choices (an adolescent development class). Aim High provides each class of sixteen students with a Lead Teacher and a Teaching Intern or Teaching Assistant; this favorable ratio (1:8) of teachers to students allows for individual attention. In the afternoons, students participate in a range of arts, cultural and sports activities. Aim High works with many organizational partners to enrich students' experiences, including: The Urban School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, St. Paul's Episcopal School, Bishop O'Dowd High School, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), the Exploratorium, the San Francisco Zoo, and the newest partner, California State University. Aim High set a goal to grow to at least 12 sites, serving more than 1,200 students by 2010, and will reach that goal in 2008 (two years early).
* Student Center - Aim High has created a Student Center to provide tutoring, high school and college placement support, financial aid workshops, and cultural enrichment activities for Aim High students and alumni.
* Headlands Environmental Home Program - Aim High will continue to develop the Headlands Environmental Home program in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to increase opportunities and access to the park for urban youth.
* Teaching & Learning - Aim High will continue to refine and publish its curriculum and further develop the teacher training component of the program.
Aim High's impact is significant:
-More than 90% of graduates report that Aim High has helped them to be better prepared to learn in school, make new friends, and be aware of issues that affect their lives.
-94% of students report maintaining or improving their GPAs since attending Aim High.
-98% of Aim High's class of 2002 graduated high school on time in Spring 2006; by comparison, only 71% of students graduated on time in the state of California.
-95% of Aim High grads went on to attend 2- or 4-year colleges.