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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a student I benefitted from the tightknit community and compassionate teachers at Aim High who cared about making a genuine connection with the students, investing in us and our dreams, passions, and untapped abilities. What I loved especially about the program was its philanthropic atmosphere, promoting a communal give-and-take dynamic, where graduates of the program could come back as volunteers and give back to a program that provided so much. I returned to Aim High as a teacher, and got to sit on the other side of the desk with students, embodying the Aim High values, and invest in and watch the growth of so many bright, vivid and dynamic young minds. It was just as enriching and rewarding as my experience as a student. There truly is Aim High Magic to be felt when being part of this program. I wish every student in need could take advantage of this opportunity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have heard great things about this organization. I am a firm believer in providing our children a safe learning environment and support system to help them achieve their goals. Thank you Aim High for what you do for our future generation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My son attended Aim High for three summers. He was challenged, engaged, and social. It was a lifesaver as far as helping him to get ready for high school and keeping him busy with friends during those challenging summer months. He experienced the most freedom as well which helped him to feel more mature and responsible. Aim High is great at celebrating milestones and little successes. I felt they knew my son well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I was a student at Aim High, so I can personally say what it was like, unlike the adults here who are saying how wonderful Aim High is with no experience whatsoever. In Aim High, I was bullied. I was called names and harassed a little, but the adults never noticed a thing. Why should they? The boy doing the bullying in question was so smart and funny. My first years were fun, at least, but the bullying got to me. Thats my story anyway. I know it doesn't help Aim High, so I am sorry for that.

Comments ( 1 )

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MNieto 11/03/2014

Hello Qwertyboy, Thank you for your honesty. Every review helps Aim High to get better and we are the type of organization that wants to get better. I am so sorry your experience with Aim High was so unpleasant. If you feel comfortable and would like to tell us more about your time in our program, I would be happy to speak with you to understand your experience better. We welcome all feedback and appreciate your openness. If you are comfortable please feel free to give me a call, 415-660-7197 or email mnieto@aimhigh.org so we can understand your story better and hopefully make the Aim High experience better for all students. Thank you again for your honesty, Maya Nieto Aim High Central Office

Claudia23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In summer of 2009 our great journey with Aim High started. I did not know the great impact this summer program would have in my kid’s life. Aim High means a lot for our family because it is a program where my child changed her perspective of learning, come to have a fun while learning and had challenging experiences to mention some of the great skills that this program had given her. The extraordinary results were noticed right away. The kid that hardly used to speak soon was standing in front of people giving a science presentation, besides that she improved her math, writing, reading, and improved and grown her love for science. It was amazing to see. After the first summer she used to count the days for the following summers and was ready to learn those skills that would help her succeed during the school year. My little girl is in her last year of high school and she is doing wonderful and now she is ready to put in practice what she learned about the path to college in Aim High! The thrilling experience for my child with Aim High has not yet finished because this past summer she came back to the program as a teacher’s assistant where she continued not only to keep learning but putting in practice the great knowledge that one day was taught to her. Now she is getting ready to come back next summer, still counting the days. In addition, I would like to add that our youngest child is now experiencing the greatness of Aim High. Seeing your children growing, excited, prepare, happy, learning in a program like this one means the world for you as a parent. All I would like to say is: THANK YOU very much Aim High for a great program that help to “Reach for a Dream.”

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have spent many years listening to a friend of mine rant and rave about the amazingness that is Aim High. This program seems to give their students a sense of belonging and invaluable support. Aim High gives students the ability to find their voice and agency around who they are and what makes them come alive. The spirit and enthusiasm behind the program is one to be admired. I have talked with a few people and each one of them attended Aim High as a student, volunteered at Aim High, worked as a teacher for Aim High, and continue to stay involved as alumni. It isn't everyday that you run into a program where no one ever wants to leave. This is a wonderful program for the students and their communities!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

good! very good very very good very very very good. amazing :) Aim High aim higher and higher and higher

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the parent of two Aim High alums. My elder student started Aim High in the summer of 2006 and the younger, the following year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My eigh grader girl had the best summer experience ever. Hoover Middle School counselor told me that AIM High was a great program. I agree. My girl was acepted the second time we apply. I recommended 100%. AIM curriculum is perfect designed to prepare the student for the transition from middle school to high school. When she started her first week of high school experience, whe was very relax and confident. I thank AIM High for such a wonderful job. I am very happy AIM High accepted my niece when she needed the most. Go AIm HIGH!