Moving Up! and on to New Things

Moving Up is the culmination of two years of hard work for students ready to embark on their high school journey. Cohort 31 began the program in 2019, the summer following their 6th-grade year. After putting in the 700 hours of challenging but rewarding work, 157 students graduated from the program this year. Held at…

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Meet Daniel, Future Engineer

Daniel is the youngest of five siblings and the only one attending remote CPS classes this year. After learning about High Jump from his school principal and English teacher, Daniel enrolled at the Lab School campus last year, where he developed a passion for science lab. “I love dissecting animals and seeing what makes them…

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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

Tech TA Hector at his work space

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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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…

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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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High Jump Students Celebrate Black History Month

For Black History Month, our students shared their thoughts on the importance of celebrating black history and the leaders, innovators and heroes who they admire. Black History Month is important because we need to know about our history and what people did for us to get our education today and how we got to the…

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Words of Encouragement in 2018

In August we asked the High Jump community to send words of wisdom to encourage our current alumni who are starting out their high school and college careers. Here are some of the great messages we received from High Jump alumni, parents, staff members and supporters: “You may not feel like you belong, you may…

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