High Jump seeks sixth-grade students who demonstrate strong academic potential, value learning, and dream of excelling academically. We embrace diversity and look for students from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds living in Chicago and the immediate metro area.


  • Students with B or higher average (High Jump students earn more A’s than B’s)
  • Students who thirst for more knowledge or require an academic challenge
  • Students whose family demonstrates a financial need—eligible for Illinois free or reduced breakfast/lunch or financial aid at tuition-based schools. Financial need refers to families whose annual incomes are at or under $65,000.


Students who attend High Jump :

  • Commit to attending and successfully completing a two-year program which includes:
    • Two six-week summer intensive class sessions
    • Saturday classes sessions held two to three times per month during the school year
    • Algebra, biology, physics, humanities and writing workshops. 
  • Will receive ongoing feedback on their academic progress through projects, class discussions, exams and more. 
  • Attend classes at one of our three campuses: the Latin School of Chicago, the Francis W. Parker School, and The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
  • Are active participants in all of High Jump’s mandatory events, including but not limited to:
    • Family Orientation (before each session)
    • High School Fair
    • High school visits
    • High school exam prep courses
    • Class trips
    • Moving Up Ceremony
  • Agree to work in collaboration with High Jump to select and apply to a range of high schools.
  • Sit for required high school entrance exams such as the ISEE, SSAT, Selective Enrollment Public, or Catholic School Entrance Exam.