High Jump is a two-year program that equalizes access to education for rising seventh graders in Chicago.
Grants provide long-term financial sustainability and promote continued growth and development within our organization.
It is now more important than ever to build equitable learning opportunities for Chicago’s middle school students.
When High Jump students graduate they go on to attend rigorous college prep high schools in Chicago and across the country.
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High Jump has been providing students with academic enrichment, social-emotional learning skills and high school application support.
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High Jump invests in the next generation of leaders, giving them the opportunities, resources and connections they need to achieve what they want. Think you have what it takes? We know you do.
What is High Jump?
High Jump equalizes access to education for Chicago middle school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means.
We provide tuition-free academic enrichment, counseling and support to students of diverse backgrounds, with the goals of sending our participants to superior college preparatory schools, ensuring their success while they are there, and enhancing their ability to gain admission to highly regarded four-year colleges and universities.
High Jump provides a unique experience for students to reach their academic potential.
Year-Round Academic Enrichment
This FREE program consists of six weeks of intensive daily instruction in the summer and two Saturdays each month during the school year.
High School Choice Support
During eighth grade, High Jump provides support to students and their families for high school admissions, financial aid and scholarships.
Field Trips and Outdoor Retreat
Student field trips include visits to The Art Institute, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and The Steppenwolf Theatre and more, as well as an outdoor overnight retreat to the Lorado Taft Camp (a student favorite!).
For each day of programming, students receive free nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch.
High Jump teachers are professional educators who teach in a variety of public and private schools and colleges throughout Chicago. They take a hands-on, interactive, exploratory, and project based approach to teaching.
Free High School Admissions Exams
As part of the high school choice support, eighth grade students have the opportunity to take the Boarding School Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) and Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at no expense to the student's family.
In 2019, High Jump students and alumni accomplished the following:
0%Matriculated to top college prep high schools
0%Matriculated to four-year colleges and universities
0%of High Jump students will be the first in their families to attend college
High Jump is the first step to success.
After High Jump, our students go on to attend top high schools and colleges in Chicago and across the country and graduate from college at a higher rate than their peers.
4-Year College Completion Rates
*within six years of high school completion
†within eight years of high school completion
Read about some of our amazing alumni and what they’re doing now.
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
University of Michigan
“High Jump equipped me with the skills to be successful as a learner, a leader and a person.”
The Latin School of Chicago
Michigan State University
“I loved High Jump from the very beginning because it allowed me to use the energy I had been using for survival to work hard and succeed academically.”
Lincoln Park High School, IB Program
“Thanks to High Jump, my future is brighter than ever.”
Brother Rice High School
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
“From the curriculum to the friendships established, I always tell anyone who asks that the foundation for my success was High Jump.”
Francis W. Parker School
University of Chicago
“High Jump helped me pave the way to success and made my dream of going to a top high school a reality.”
“High Jump believed in my intelligence and taught me about the world beyond my own.”
Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
“High Jump was a foundation for everything I’ve accomplished now and everything I will accomplish in the future. I wouldn’t have taken opportunities or risks if it wasn’t for the program.”
The Latin School of Chicago
“High Jump gave me the tools to gain a world-class education.”
Robert Lewis Stevenson School
“High Jump helped my family break the cycle of poverty. The program showed me that I deserved a good education and it is such a part of who I am.”