Our Programs

Academic Enrichment. Social-Emotional Support. Lifelong Learning.

High Jump empowers Chicago’s middle schoolers to become well-rounded leaders through our tuition-free programs with one-of-a-kind experiences, resources, and educational support for curious and motivated 7th and 8th-grade students who want to challenge themselves academically.

What makes a student a scholar? A love of learning and a desire to seek experiences to challenge themselves socially and academically. Our students are intellectually curious and academically motivated; many are the first people in their families to attend college.

High Jump scholars graduate from our program, ready for what’s next. Our alums are lifelong learners seeking resources and opportunities to improve their lives. They advocate for themselves and their big ideas and stay connected with their High Jump peers as they grow and uplift their communities.

We support our scholars with academic enrichment, but it’s so much more. High Jump is dedicated to being there for our scholars. We provide programs and support during high school and are an ongoing resource for them through college.


    Commit to two years of tuition-free academic enrichment through our Scholars or Community Scholars program.


    Continued academic enrichment, college counseling and readiness, and financial aid literacy for getting to and through college.


    Stay connected and feel supported all the way through college with our alumni support programs.

Become a High Jump Scholar

High Jump Scholars is a holistic learning program designed to help learners develop the skills they need to thrive wherever they go.

The program consists of six weeks of daily instruction in the summer and an average of two Saturdays each month during the school year. Our curriculum exposes students to culturally relevant literature, themes, rigorous math instruction, and experiential learning.

Students will join us onsite at one of our three campuses in Chicago: the Latin School of Chicago, the Francis W. Parker School, and the University of Chicago Laboratory School.

Student in class

The Change-Makers of Tomorrow.

Our Scholars are discovering new passions, building confidence, and following their dreams.

Learn about the Community Scholars Pilot Program

Community Scholars is a partnership with Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and support from Chicago Public Schools and District 65 Evanston/Skokie. The program is designed to bring programming to neighborhood schools and reach more students across Chicago.