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EIN: 36-4470186


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.

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Executive Director

Nate Pietrini

Main address

59 W North Blvd

Chicago, IL 60610 USA

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Subject area info

Education services

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

Low-income people


NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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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

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External assessments

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Goals & Strategy

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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.


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.68 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of HIGH JUMP’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $262,566 $341,144 $27,541 $112,902 -$304,909
As % of expenses 14.5% 17.8% 1.3% 5.2% -12.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $262,566 $341,144 $27,541 $112,902 -$304,909
As % of expenses 14.5% 17.8% 1.3% 5.2% -12.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,911,417 $2,295,255 $2,626,601 $2,378,677 $2,272,233
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.9% 20.1% 14.4% -9.4% -4.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 8.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.8% 99.9% 99.9% 91.9% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,805,545 $1,914,731 $2,072,471 $2,185,722 $2,541,329
Total expenses, % change over prior year -14.3% 6.0% 8.2% 5.5% 16.3%
Personnel 69.0% 72.8% 73.1% 79.2% 73.6%
Professional fees 0.7% 1.7% 2.2% 0.9% 2.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 30.3% 25.4% 24.7% 19.9% 24.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,805,545 $1,914,731 $2,072,471 $2,185,722 $2,541,329
One month of savings $150,462 $159,561 $172,706 $182,144 $211,777
Debt principal payment $0 $50,000 $0 $293,600 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,956,007 $2,124,292 $2,245,177 $2,661,466 $2,753,106

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.4 6.4 8.7 7.4 5.9
Months of cash and investments 4.4 6.4 8.7 7.4 5.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 5.2 4.9 5.3 3.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $657,932 $1,018,361 $1,496,540 $1,352,373 $1,241,870
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $69,640 $81,630 $205,610 $228,923 $108,104
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 31.9% 18.5% 18.3% 2.4% 1.7%
Unrestricted net assets $482,101 $823,245 $850,786 $963,688 $658,779
Temporarily restricted net assets $62,970 $102,350 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $62,970 $102,350 $628,939 $708,992 $744,805
Total net assets $545,071 $925,595 $1,479,725 $1,672,680 $1,403,584

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Nate Pietrini

Nate Pietrini joined High Jump as the Executive Director in 2017. Before joining High Jump, Nathan served as the principal at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Lake View where he led the school to improvements in all major data points, and helped reshape the way collaboration and teacher leadership takes place at Hawthorne. Nathan has worked as a teacher and assistant principal in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), as well as outside of the district, for 14 years. He first became a teacher because he saw a need for students to have positive and supportive role models. After helping start a new CPS high school in 2007 as a social studies teacher, Nathan began a transition into leadership as he recognized that strong administrators were the most important lever for school improvement.

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as of 03/09/2023
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Organizational demographics

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

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