High Jump is an academic enrichment program that serves motivated 7th and 8th grade students who are of limited economic means.
At High Jump, students take fun and challenging classes created to strengthen their math, reading, and writing skills as well as develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills—all to prepare them for high school and college success. Students learn to get organized, make good decisions, discover new passions, and be a self-advocate.
High Jump students make a two-year commitment to attend our program, which includes an intensive six-week summer session and Saturday seminar classes that meet twice a month from September through April. Students enjoy the interactive classes, the field trips, and meeting other kids who are smart, creative, and love to learn. They also participate in special events, including our overnight camping trip, Career Show & Tell and Academic Expo.
High Jump is a free program! Our mission is to provide high-quality educational experiences to students who have exhibited academic ambition but face limited opportunities due financial resources. All students receive instructional supplies, books, and healthy food.
Rigorous academics, leadership development, powerful networks, and high school choice are the pillars of High Jump’s program and our students’ success.
High Jump students are enrolled in elementary schools across the city and reflect the vibrant mix of Chicago’s neighborhoods and racial and ethnic backgrounds
- They share a hunger to learn more, experience more and be more. They also share an uphill climb to fulfill their academic and leadership potential because of limited economic resources.
- The bonds students form within High Jump’s powerful peer network inspire, support and propel them within and beyond High Jump.
We recruit students who are performing well (within the top 20% of their class) and seek a higher level of academic rigor and challenge.
- We focus on finding students who are not already benefiting from advanced instruction, gifted and talented services or other forms of targeted academic challenge and support.