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Teacher Spotlight: Kari Lehman

For World Teachers’ Day we want to highlight Ms. Lehman, one of the many stellar teachers at High Jump! She has been teaching our Exam Prep and High School Choice classes for three years and helping students get into their best-fit high schools. Read about her insights and experience as a teacher: Why did you…

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High Jump Launches New Alumni Program

This summer, High Jump launched High Jump High, its new alumni program that supports students’ academic growth, social-emotional well-being and college readiness throughout their time in high school. The program consists of four key components: a pre-9th grade summer course, academic planning, a civic engagement series and a college counseling program. Eight rising freshmen participated…

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Cohort 29 High School Matriculation List

This fall, 159 High Jump alumni are starting their freshman year of high school! Here is the full list of where they are attending: Independent Private SchoolsBeacon AcademyBennett Day SchoolChicago Hope AcademyFrancis W. Parker SchoolGCE Lab SchoolLatin School of ChicagoMorgan Park AcademyUniversity of ChicagoLaboratory SchoolsWolcott School Independent Boarding SchoolsBrooks SchoolCulver AcademyDeerfield AcademyGeorge SchoolLa Lumiere SchoolLake…

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High Jump Receives $10,000 Grant from Cubs Charities

Thank you, Cubs Charities! High Jump is honored to be a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the organization. Cubs Charities improves the lives of children and families across Chicago with the goal of providing increased access to opportunities for improved health, fitness and education for those who need it most. This grant will help…

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High Jump Alumnus Blog Feature on Education Post

What Every First-Gen Student Needs to Know About Attending a Predominately White Institution Originally posted on the Education Post on May 17, 2019 Diestefano “DJ” Loma is a first-generation college student at the University of Chicago majoring in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a minor in Latin American Studies. He is pursuing his passion for…

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Cohort 29 Graduates from High Jump

This year 160 eighth graders in Cohort 29 graduated from the High Jump program at the annual Moving Up Ceremony! It’s always a proud moment for the High Jump family to see students celebrate their accomplishments with their family and friends. These students have given it their all these past two years and we’re excited…

High Jump's Annual Benefit at the Four Seasons in Chicago, IL on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Photos by Jasmin Shah

High Jump Raises OVER $1 MILLION at Annual Benefit

It was a record-breaking event for High Jump! Our annual Spring of Opportunity benefit on May 3rd was a huge success and we raised OVER $1 MILLION! We’re so grateful to all our supporters and sponsors who made this possible – together we are providing more students in Chicago with the opportunities they need to…

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Interview with BestColleges: How to Support First-Generation Students

Originally posted on BestColleges on May 1, 2019 Can you define what “first-generation student” means to you? What makes them unique, aside from family history? A first-generation student is someone who has overcome the barriers set up by economics, prejudice, and disenfranchisement to complete a level of education that hasn’t been completed by those before…

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High Jump Students Discuss High School Decisions with Chalkbeat

Decision day: What happens when students don’t get their first-choice Chicago high school Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Adeshina Emmanuel on April 11, 2019 Eighth-grader Mia Paulus’ first choice for high school was Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago’s Roseland community. Last month, she said she was confident, but nervous at the same time,…

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The Women of High Jump

March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate we are highlighting three of the many strong women behind High Jump’s mission. We are grateful to ALL the women who are working hard to create a better future for girls. Who is a woman in history you admire? Marva Collins. She started out as a substitute…