Aim High is made possible through the work of multiple partnerships. Our host institutions, John Burroughs and St. Louis Priory schools, provide facility, technology, material and staff support for Aim High programming and operations. Partner districts and their schools facilitate recruitment and selection of students and our faculty, who come from both public and private schools from across the region.
John Burroughs School
John Burroughs is a coeducational, college preparatory day school (grades 7 – 12) where a liberal arts education balances academics, the arts and athletics. The school has small classes where students are deeply engaged in learning in an atmosphere of mutual respect among faculty and students. Community service and environmental awareness, objectives set by the school’s founders in 1923, are integral to the Burroughs’ mission. The school also puts a premium on ethics, diversity, student government, outdoor education and activities such as the American Field Service and the International Model United Nations. An academic support program to assist students with writing, math and study skills is available to all students.
St. Louis Priory School
St. Louis Priory is a Catholic, Benedictine monastery school located on the grounds of the Abbey of St. Louis and St. Mary. Administered by the monks of the Abbey, the School provides a strong college preparatory program for a diverse group of bright young men of all faiths. The curriculum requires athletic participation, course work in the fine arts and religious studies, a senior thesis and community service. Advanced Placement courses are offered in almost every discipline. On average 25% of graduating seniors are recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Foundation, and a majority are accepted at highly selective colleges and universities. Nearly 25% of the student body receives financial aid.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
The principles of Sacred Heart education are as relevant today as they were in post-Revolutionary France. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1800, envisioned a transformational education. Her vision was realized in the United States when Rose Philippine Duchesne arrived in Saint Charles, Missouri in 1818 to establish Sacred Heart education. Villa Duchesne was founded in 1929 in honor of this religious pioneer with Oak Hill founded in 1973.
Inspired by the vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School strives to educate the heart and mind of each child in a nurturing and challenging environment. We are dedicated to educating the whole child and preparing our students for lives of faith in God, integrity, leadership and service to others.
Our mission is to transform the world, one child at a time.
Aim High partners primarily with area public schools, but also committed charter and private schools, where the student population needs reflect Aim High’s intended goals for partnership. Primary recruitment districts include:
* St. Louis Public Schools
*Normandy Schools Collaborative
*Ritenour Public Schools
Applications are accepted from any 5th grade (rising 6th grade) student in the St. Louis area, however, recruitment resources are directed to districts and individual school partners with whom Aim High has an active partnership.
Aim High works with many of the most committed and highest quality program partners in St. Louis. Many organizations provide one-time support or resources for our students, but we’re proud to share our efforts to maximize student growth and leverage area resources with the following dynamic program partnerships:
College Bound – provides a customized early-years college preparation series for our recently graduated 9th grade Achievers called Get Your Prep On. Students return to Aim High for 6 Saturday Sessions during the school year to learn about readying themselves in high school for post-secondary success, while getting a jump start on the essentials of getting into their school and career of choice.
Character Plus – Aim High is one of just a few area non-profits who are proud members of this nationally recognized character development institution. With annual staff training opportunities and curriculum support, Aim High’s Achievers benefit from the knowledge of the brightest and most in-tuned minds when it comes to helping students develop the character traits and values that will drive them to lifetime success.
Washington University – Partnering for the first time in the summer of 2015, Aim High and Joshua Jackson, Phd in Psychology, seek to understand the connection between social-emotional development and student success. Comparing data from students, parents and teachers, against key indicators, Aim High seeks to understand the long-term impact of our partnership with students as they strive to build a bright future.