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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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization..my daughter attended this summer program and has benefited in so many ways. Come fall she was ready and willing to take on an important role in her own education

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended Aim High the past two summer and absolutely loved it. Now that is a miracle statement coming from my son! He hates summer school because "it just does not make sense to go to school during the summer"! During Aim High he jumped out of bed to get there early and came home excited to talk about what they did and the friends he made. He can not wait for next summer and has already mention going back as a volunteer when he is old enough! Thank you Aim High for showing my son that learning can be fun!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was astounded, thoroughly impressed and extremely fortunate to have learned about this phenomenal summer program. It provided my son with an enriching academic experience and sports activities. A parent could not ask for more in a summer program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience as a single mother of two children has been very supportive. My oldest son is the one who was accepted to participate in this program for the following two years. Last summer was the first time we were part of Aim High. I said WE because we attended as a family the orientation, and we have been involved in the program, bringing our country food in a cultural event, and been welcome very warmly since the begining for the teachers and staff. After the program was over I can basically observed and feel my son more assertive and entusiastic about school, and himself. Thank you Aim High for having us be part of the program, and ernriching my son's academic and social life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AIM High walks the talk relative to educational equity! Our son was lucky enough to get into their summer program and it has made a significant difference in his beginning school year achievement. This program is truly a gem and worthy of much public support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Aim High does such important work, teaching our kids. My daughter and I have had one incredible summers. The love and passion and dedication the teachers have day in and day out throughout the program. Aim High it's such a wonderfull program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Aim High does such important work, teaching our kids to have high expectations for themselves. The Bishop O Dowd site in East Oakland has been such a blessing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program provides everyone with a chance to learn and have fun at the same time! For those who don't like to work out of a book or worksheets, it perfect. We mostly learn from activities. Also every Friday, we explore our neighborhood and learn our cultures. Plus we get ready for our futures and we learn to take the right path. Aim High gave me the best summer ever and I could never forget it even if i wanted to. The trips to the exploratorium was unforgettable. I smile just thinking about it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great time at AIM High. It was fun when we went to the Botanical Gardens, and got to observe different plants/trees, afterwards we got Jamba Juice. In Science we learned "The Bone Song", which we had to say the names of the bones in our body and do a specific dance move along with saying the name. In Humanities we did a collaborative poster about modified versions of Greek Mythology. I also liked Jeopardy which takes place every Friday. Everyone got a little too competitive but we all had a great time trying to earn points. AIM HIGH IS AWESOME!!