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High Jump Alumnus and Board of Directors Member in The Executives’ Club of Chicago Member Spotlight

Featured by The Executives’ Club of Chicago in their Member Spotlight, John Akalaonu is Senior Vice President, Customer Delivery of CDK Global. He is also an active member of our Board of Directors and an alumnus of High Jump (Cohort 4). Born and raised in Chicago, John attended high school at Culver Academies following his…

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Cohort 30 High School Choice

Every High Jump 8th-grade student works one-on-one with teachers and staff to ensure a right-fit high school choice that will support their needs and goals. Amid school closures in 2020, High School Choice programming was continued via one-on-one virtual meetings— providing guidance and support for more than 150 students. Below is a list of the…

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Reflection Surveys Improve Virtual Programming

This summer has presented many new challenges that make continuous inquiry and analysis crucial to improving virtual programming for High Jump students. Incorporating weekly surveys from students, families, teachers, and teaching assistants has provided reflections and feedback that reinforce what’s working and reveal areas of improvement. As we look to the Fall and beyond, surveys,…

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Self-expression Readies Students for High School

If you could let it all out in a speech, what would you say, and to whom? This is just one of the thought-provoking exercises that High Jump High Freshman Seminar students work on this summer. Through this self-expression exercise, students reveal a need to “get noticed” and share that they are “relieved to get…

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Virtual Tech Assistants Keep Students Learning

Adapting our highly interactive in-person program for virtual lessons does not go without some obstacles. But with the help of our Tech TAs, students at High Jump’s summer session are supported with technical assistance at any time during their class day. Following Morning Assembly, where Campus Directors encourage students and help get them ready for…

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Alumni Spotlight: Denisse

High school sophomore Denisse says her parents always told her, “Your education will make you someone one day,” and so they were excited to learn about High Jump’s free academic enrichment program. When Denisse first started at High Jump she felt panicked because it was a completely new environment. She started out being very quiet,…

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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…