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HIGH JUMP

Student First. Hands-On. Campus Based.

Chicago, IL   |  www.highjumpchicago.org

Mission

In 1989, High Jump started with a single, mighty mission: to bring equity to education for Chicago middle grade students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means. Today, that mission is stronger than ever. 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.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Nate Pietrini

Main address

820 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 310

Chicago, IL 60607 USA

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EIN

36-4470186

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholars Program

High Jump’s tuition-free Scholars Program begins in the 7th grade, where Scholars participate in a two-year academic enrichment program, with six weeks of daily intensive programming in the summer and two Saturdays each month during the school year. Scholars from all over the city attend programs at the Latin School of Chicago, Francis W. Parker School, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Scholars then participate in similarly scheduled programs the summer before 8th grade and throughout that year.

After completing our two-year program, High Jump Scholars will have engaged in 700 hours of academic enrichment. According to data provided by CPS, two years of High Jump is equivalent to four years of academic growth.

While 41% of all academically strong low-income students and 74% of all academically strong high-income students nationally complete their Bachelor's degree within eight years of high school completion, of High Jump Alumni, 87% graduate from college.

Population(s) Served

High Jump’s leadership has sought many ways to expand the program in a cost-effective way and provide access to students who wouldn’t have otherwise enrolled in the program. A series of exploratory meetings with the dean of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy led to the collaborative pilot, Community Scholars, launched in summer 2021. While the Scholars Program takes place at one of our three partner campuses on weekends during the school year, Community Scholars takes place after school in students’ neighborhood schools, improving accessibility to young people across the city and to students and families who might otherwise have scheduling conflicts.

STEM learning is a major component of Community Scholars. Our research, paired with national best practices, has led us to invest in the FUSE curriculum, developed by Northwestern, to deliver high-quality programming that will increase our students’ abilities, interest, and confidence within STEM fields.

Population(s) Served

High Jump Alumni Scholars (Scholars who have completed the full two-year program) then have the opportunity to participate in continued programming throughout high school, including high school transition support, academic enrichment, social-emotional learning, and college counseling to select a right-fit college and graduate within six years. While High Jump’s program model focuses the majority of the attention on a Scholars’ middle grade years, High Jump creates a supportive community for alumni to keep coming back to long after they graduate from middle school. Annually, we serve over 500 Alumni Scholars.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

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

Number of students enrolled

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We now accept 225 new scholars annually, allowing us to serve 450 students as well as an additional 50+ students in Community Scholars. We will continue sustainably growing our cohort size every year.

Percent of program alumni who graduate from college within six years of completing High School.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

22% of CPS graduates complete college. Nationally, 41% of all academically strong low-income students and 74% of all academically strong high-income students graduate college within 8 years of hs grad

Percent of program alumni attending a good-fit high school.

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Through 8th graders high school choice elective (30 hours in-class time) and an additional 30 hours/family of out of class time, our program team ensures 100% of alums attend a good-fit high school.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

High Jump seeks to provide the foundation of academic and life skills that each student needs to be successful in high school, college, and beyond. Our program goals and objectives are:
- To help students gain access to, and prepare for success in, rigorous boarding, parochial, public and independent college preparatory high schools
- To provide an educational setting in which it is safe to be smart and rewarding to work hard
- To introduce students to a diverse cultural environment
- To empower High Jump students and families to successfully exercise high school choice
- To introduce High Jump families to financial aid options and scholarship opportunities

Rigorous academics, leadership development, powerful networks, and high school choice are the four pillars of High Jump’s program:

- Rigorous Academics: The academic instruction that students receive at High Jump enhances their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students benefit from small classes of no more than 15 students and take advanced coursework in math, science, humanities, writing, visual and performing arts, social studies, and physical education.

- Leadership Development: High Jump’s instructional approach fosters independence, analytical thinking, self-advocacy, and self-expression through our leadership development course, Learners & Leaders, daily interaction with near-peer role models, and discussions with professionals from a wide range of fields at the program’s annual career day.

- Powerful Peer Networks: The High Jump culture provides students with a powerful peer network that is designed to inspire in its students both a love for learning and the discipline to excel academically. High Jump also hires near-peer teaching assistants who are High Jump alumni and can model what high school and college success looks like.

- High School Selection: During the eighth grade year, students focus on their high school selection process. High Jump provides extensive high school admissions and financial aid counseling for students and their families, in addition to exam prep classes. During our annual High School Fair, students and their parents have an opportunity to meet with representatives from over 35 boarding, parochial, independent, and public college preparatory schools from across the city and country.

With the capacity to serve 280 students annually, High Jump operates three campuses at the Latin School of Chicago, Francis W. Parker School, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Students are admitted and begin the summer before their seventh grade years. The program consists of six weeks (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. days) of daily intensive programming in the summer and two to three Saturdays each month during the school year. This amounts to more than 350 instructional hours annually — or 33% more class time — beyond their regular schooling.

Since High Jump’s inception in 1989, High Jump has graduated 28 cohorts of students, amounting to more than 1500 alumni. 100% of High Jump alumni have gone on to attend rigorous private and public college preparatory high schools — and now more than 98% of High Jump's high school class of 2017 (Cohort 23) attend four-year colleges and universities.

Financials

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HIGH JUMP

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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