High Jump is a two-year tuition-free academic enrichment program that serves motivated 7th and 8th grade students from families of limited economic means.

At High Jump, students take fun and challenging classes created to strengthen their math, reading, and writing skills as well as develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills—all to prepare them for high school and college success. Students learn to get organized, make good decisions, discover new passions, and be a self-advocate.

With three campuses across Chicago at the Latin School of Chicago, the Francis W. Parker School and University of Chicago Laboratory School; the program consists of six weeks of intensive daily instruction in the summer and two Saturdays each month during the school year.

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Our Students

High Jump students are enrolled in elementary schools across the city and reflect the vibrant mix of Chicago’s neighborhoods and racial and ethnic backgrounds. We recruit students who are performing well (within the top 20% of their class) and seek a higher level of academic rigor and challenge.

  • We focus on finding students who are not already benefiting from advanced instruction, gifted and talented services or other forms of targeted academic challenge and support.
  • They share a hunger to learn more, experience more and be more. They also share an uphill climb to fulfill their academic and leadership potential because of limited economic resources.
  • The bonds students form within High Jump’s powerful peer network inspire, support and propel them within and beyond High Jump.
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Our Curriculum

High Jump teachers lead small classes of students through rigorous coursework in core content areas emphasizing the development of key cognitive skills, positive academic mindsets, proactive learning strategies and leadership skills.

  • We have a maximum of 16:1 student to teacher ratio.
  • High Jump classes include math, physical and biological sciences, English, humanities, social sciences, learning and leadership skills and visual and performing arts.
  • During eighth grade, High Jump provides students and their families with support through the high school admissions process and informs them about financial aid and scholarship options.
  • We require students to apply to a minimum of three high schools across public and private options.