AIM HIGH

Rating: 4.96 stars   137 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: PO Box 410715 San Francisco CA 94141 USA

Mission: The mission of Aim High is to inspire a life-long love of learning and to instill a sense of community, opportunity, and respect so that students are prepared for success in school and in life. Aim High changes the lives of under-resourced middle school students through an enriching, and academic summer experience that leads to success in high school and beyond. We intervene at a critical stage in students' lives with a free, multi-year summer program. Empowering youth in a supportive classroom environment transforms their attitudes toward learning and unleashes their potential. Our 15 campuses are located in Northern California, where we serve 1,700 students and employ 400 teachers. Our educators reflect the neighborhoods where our students live, and many alumni are inspired to return and work for Aim High. Aim High’s incubator role for innovative teaching techniques inspires new generations of teachers and provides access to real job training and job development. Aim High also provides summer employment opportunities and career development for teachers and teens, many of whom are Aim High alums.
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, Marin City 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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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!!!!!!!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My child has spent two summers at Aim High. Two awesome summers. She has opened up and made lots of new friends. She enjoys her learning experiences there. The Aim High staff really relate to the kids and make everything fun. It doesn't feel like a summer school program. We are so thrilled with Aim High, we are coming back next year with another child plus we are signing up for the afterschool tutoring they provide during the school year.

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

My child had a safe place to go in the summer. The program has helped her learn what she wants to do in life.

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

For the last five years I have been personally involved with the program. My brother and I have both gone through the program and loved it. Before this program I was not someone who would take chances, try new things, and believe that I could literally aim high. Once I finished the program I had made long lasting friends, I know that as a minority I can still aim high and love academics, my grades and my engagement in class has improved, and I am willing to take on any challenges and take risks. I will make a speech in front of a crowd or perform, because of my experience at Aim High. Every year I will help out Aim High with recruiting kids or help out at fundraisers because of my experience. My brother and I have gone back to volunteer and work with these students to make a difference in their lives as those T.A.s and teachers have made a difference in ours.

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

professional in the sense that even though not all them were not yet college graduates, they used their knowledge and taught students what they needed. All of their class activities engaged these students.

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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