Student First. Hands-On. Campus Based.

High Jump Scholars is a tuition-free program with one-of-a-kind experiences, access to resources, and educational opportunities.

Students are intellectually curious and academically motivated, and they seek a high school experience that will challenge them socially and academically. The program takes place at three campuses in Chicago with teachers from across the city.

What is High Jump?

Year Round tuition-free Academic Enrichment

For over 30 years, High Jump has been committed to supporting Chicago's middle school youth with one-of-a-kind experiences, access to resources, and educational opportunities.

Who can apply?

  • All students currently in 6th grade
  • Students with a B average or higher
  • Those who are intellectually curious and academically motivated
  • Students seeking a high school experience that will challenge them socially and academically
  • Students who meet the required income thresholds

Student Experience

  • Make new friends and gain meaningful experiences, including field trips, high school networking, and hands-on learning activities.
  • Discover new interests with electives such as visual arts, film studies, music history, and more!

High School Selection Support

During eighth grade, High Jump supports students and their families with the high school admissions process, financial aid and scholarship information they need to prepare for high school and college success.

Materials and Meals

All learning materials for the program will be provided. Students will also receive free breakfast, lunch, and snacks at each day of programming they attend.

Where do I attend High Jump?

  • Latin School of Chicago
    59 W. North Blvd
  • Francis W. Parker School
    330 W. Webster
  • University of Chicago Laboratory School
    1362 E. 59th Street

How do I Apply?

Applications for our next cohort will open in November 2023

  • Online applications due February 2024
  • Application requirements include:
    • 2 personal essays
    • 5th-6th grade report cards
    • 3 Teacher/School Recommendations
    • Family Financial documents
  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview in March 2024
  • Please direct any questions or concerns about your application to [email protected]

Building the Next Generation of Leaders.

At High Jump, we help learners develop the skills they need to thrive wherever they go. Our curriculum exposes students to culturally relevant literature, rigorous math instruction, and experiential learning to help them prepare for high school, college, and beyond.

High Jump at Latin School on Saturday 1st, 2022. Photos by Jasmin Shah

Our 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio helps students thrive. Small class size means more one-on-one time with teachers to provide an emotionally supportive learning environment that’s more meaningful for students.

Scholars make new friends, gain meaningful experiences, and build confidence to follow their dreams. Interested in applying? Have more questions about how it works? Check out our program FAQs.