Aim High

Rating: 4.95 stars   150 reviews

Address:

PO Box 410715 San Francisco CA 94141 USA

Mission:

Our mission at Aim High is to create life-changing opportunities during the summer and beyond. Our community: NURTURES the promise and potential of middle school students from low-income neighborhoods. PREPARES students for high school setting them on the path to college and future success. INSPIRES the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. Our vision is to close the opportunity and achievement gaps in Northern California through our transformational summer learning program. We envision every middle school student having access to joyful summer learning, inspired and innovative teachers, and the support they need to succeed in school and life.

Results:

Through high-quality summer enrichment programs, Aim High has touched the lives of thousands of low-income youth in the Bay Area, and continues to employ a diverse group of teachers - 67% of whom are people of color. Aim High's impact is significant: 99% of students say they have an adult or teacher who cares about them 95% of students can imagine themselves as successful college students 79% of students improved their math skills (based on pre- and post-test scores) 87% of students tell us they were challenged at Aim High 90% of students report they are better prepared for the upcoming school year

Target demographics:

Low-income Bay Area middle school youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

2014: 1,700 students at 15 campuses

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, San Rafael and Tahoe/Truckee, CA

Programs:

Our summer program model aims to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income middle school students by offering an engaging, supportive, and tuition-free summer learning program. The Aim High experience fosters critical thinking, instills academic habits, and cultivates a love of learning. Students participate in four rigorous academic classes in the mornings: Math, Science, Humanities and Issues & Choices. Aim High classes have a low student to teacher ratio, allowing for individual attention and a focus on project-based learning. In total, students receive over 60 hours of academic instruction over the course of the five-week program. In the afternoon, students participate in activities such as art, drama, and sports. Students typically participate for three or four summers, and many return to teach in the program. Aim High continually evaluates feedback, assesses results, and shares best practices in order to deliver a high-quality program.

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415-551-2301
www.aimhigh.org

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Reviews for Aim High

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Suzanne & I was 1 of the 1st 50 students when Aim High first started, graduated in 1988. My 2 younger siblings attended Aim High also. For me Aim High was a great experience. Aim High, Mr. Lee, Mrs. Mc Bride & Mr. Matthews just to name of few of my teachers helped me grow as a person, build my self esteem, confidence & brought me out of my shell. I was afraid to speak in public at first, but with the help Aim High, I have no problems, still anxious & nervous in the beginning, but once I got started it was a breeze. The program is a great asset & experience for children to receive. I honestly preferred going to school at Aim High, than regular school. I have children now, 2 teens. Unfortunately, I don't live in the Bay Area, but if I did, or if they had Aim High where I live, I'd put my children in in a heartbeat. SUPPORT AIM HIGH & THE EXPERIENCES & EDUCATION THAT CHILDREN DESERVE TO HAVE.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Lick Wilmerding H.S. campus in San Francisco, CA from 1985 to 1988.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing. Just keep doing the great job that they're doing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

How did you find this group?

Mr. Alec Lee and Mrs. Eleanor Mc Bride came to my school to introduce the program.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Aim High helped me with my self esteem and confidence.

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Since joining Aim High, I can honestly say that i have seen a positive change in my son who is transitioning into the 7th grade this year. He is showing me that he can be responsible and account for the things he has or hasn't done. They have taught him how to love himself and others and to always be respectful. There were many instructors that impacted my son, but one in particular is Mr. Ise from the Bishop O'Dowd campus...my son really looks up to him and really appreciates the time, energy and teaching methods of Mr. Ise..he is very engaging and enlightening.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely positive and reassuring to the kids. They engaged them in learning through their creativity and that played a great part in the children wanting to go to Aim High every day and do their best.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

As a woman, a life-long learner, and a professional educator Aim High has changed my life. The healthy, positive adult relationships, opportunities for academic risk-taking, and emphasis on leadership and self-advocacy helped me to build the confidence that I needed to define and achieve my goals. Now that I am an employee of Aim High, I get to help other young people to build leadership skills and encounter experiences that will enrich their lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life and the grades and attitudes of the students we serve now.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

bring it to the South Bay. There is a great need for this kind of summer enrichment experience in the Silicon Valley where poverty lives among progress.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that I found a safe, supportive place to develop my identity and make friends.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

role models

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide California -- and the country -- with a brighter future and a stronger economy.

Ways to make it better...

I had also worked at Aim High in high school.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding sustained, long-term partnerships for locations and donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Aim High provides a progressive teaching method which engages the students in learning in a fun interactive environment. They provide support to their students and aid in building confidence, self esteem, and a sense of accomplishment. It is a rewarding program that has a positive impact on it's students.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they provide high quality education in a friendly environment that is conducive to learning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

progressive and dynamic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

i love Aim high!!!!!! it is by far the best summer program i have went to out of seven different programs!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is they great people that helped me though the summer!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing!!!!! i still talk to most of them and they are supporting me and helping me reach for the STARS!!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help students across the country!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I love Aim High. My son loves Aim High. The teachers are terrific. They care about the kids and they make the kids want to learn. My son came home every day this summer more excited than the day before.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my son go from getting d's to wanting to learn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the look on my son's face after he did the experiment regarding lungs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AWSOME!!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The can do anything

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

n/a

One thing I'd also say is that...

n/a

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

All four of my children had the privilege of attending Aim High. Aim High puts "JOY" in learning! Is there anything else that's important?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

grant it more funds

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their dedication to the kids

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the look of education today

Ways to make it better...

there was more time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-6-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This was my son's first summer with the Aim High program. This was a good experience for him because it was a chance for him to learn without just sitting in a classroom for hours. Because there were many different activities, it made him look forward to going to the program everyday. Also, he will be able to receive help throughout his school year because the program is offering tutoring.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commitment of the program to help my son do better academically

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

young, in touch, from same cultural background, different cultural backgrounds, happy to be there.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many kids that struggle and so many kids that don't struggle but lack the resources to stay on track.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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11 people found this review helpful

Aim High is such an awesome opportunity for the youth. My son really enjoyed it this summer. The great thing about Aim High that they believe in our children and help them thrive and prepare for their academics and their future, the teachers are wonderful. The staff at Aim High are very helpful as well. We are looking forward to having our son at Aim High in the next two years! Aim High Rocks!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child's education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I;ve seen my child want to learn and participate more at school, because what he learned at Aim High.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make it's own facility/school for more children to have this opportunity.

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none

One thing I'd also say is that...

They rock.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

my experience from aim high was one of the best moments of my life. I appreciate all the teachers of aim high and especially those at lick wilmerding high school. LWAH is most definatly the best campus of all. Nate and Carrie are the best directors, always giving their time to make the kids time the best. When you are at aim high, the five weeks go by so fast and you will be so sad when its over but even more excited for the next summer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievable to the nearest extent. the teachers were one of the best parts . THANKS TEACHERS ESPECIALLY LWAH TEACHERS!!!!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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