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Aim High is designed for current 5th – 8th middle school students from historically marginalized communities with limited access to summer enrichment. Our no-cost summer program ignites a love of learning and prepares students for success in high school and beyond.

The middle school years are pivotal for young people. Research indicates that high school success often depends on middle school performance. Aim High helps middle schoolers build academic confidence, discover a love of learning and develop the skills they need to thrive in high school and in life.

We currently operate at 16 summer campuses in historically marginalized communities across the Bay Area and Northern California. We have campuses in San Francisco (6), the East Bay (5), East Palo Alto/Redwood City(1), San Rafael (1), Novato (1) Napa (1), and Tahoe/Truckee (1). We choose school sites that are conveniently located in the neighborhoods we serve. Most students can walk or ride public transportation to Aim High. In some communities, we provide a bus.

Aim High is designed for current 5th – 8th middle school students from historically marginalized communities with limited access to summer enrichment. We recruit students who would benefit the most from our program—students who live in underserved neighborhoods, come from low-income households, and/or have limited or no access to educational opportunities during the summer. Students who are admitted to the program are expected to attend Aim High for the program’s full five weeks, and for up to four summers throughout their middle school years.

You can apply online at www.aimhigh.org/apply-now

Aim High is committed to hiring educators who serve as positive role models for our students, and strive to recruit and retain teachers that reflect the diversity of our students. Are you an experienced educator or interested in pursuing teaching? Aim High is the place for you! We pair experienced Lead Teachers with Assistant Teachers and Interns.

Every summer we hire +500 summer staff. We are currently accepting summer applications.

Aim High is offered at no cost to students and their families.

Aim High is one of the few free summer learning and enrichment programs in the Bay Area. There are a number of excellent summer program providers in the Bay Area, but Aim High is unique: Our teaching staff reflects our students’ demographics and socioeconomics. Half of our teaching assistants are graduates of the program, and live in the same communities as our students. 70% of our teachers are people of color. Aim High’s campuses are intentionally located in the neighborhoods where students live.

Aim High is not just a school, and not just a summer camp. We combine rigorous academics with fun, enriching, community-building activities. Our curriculum reinforces what students learned in the previous school year and prepares them for the year ahead.

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