THE AIM HIGH DIFFERENCE

 

Aim High is a unique blend of rigorous academics, cultural enrichment and community building. By partnering with a wide array of schools, including both our host institutions and partner districts, we bring together teachers, students and citizens from all over the St. Louis metro region to create a diverse, lively community that feels more like a family.

 

Why should you choose Aim High?

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Aim High’s 2021 Summer Program will take place from June 18 – July 23!

The 4-year Aim High program is intended to support a holistic learning experience for our middle school Achievers, opening the doors to new people, new environments and new ideas. The foundation of the program is a five-week summer program with Saturday morning sessions during the academic year.

Most students are recruited and enter the program in the summer prior to their 6th grade year graduating as rising 9th graders. Students do not have to reapply each year, so long as attendance is consistent.

Want to learn more? Check out our 2021 Recruitment video!

Community

Aim High brings together staff, TAs and students from across the region. Our host institutions, John Burroughs, Priory, and provide faculty and TAs, while our teachers come from both public and private schools in the St. Louis area.

VALUES

Every element of the Aim High community is intended to model and encourage positive behaviors and character values. From responsibility sharing at lunchtime to good sportsmanship at physical fun, we foster and recognize these values:

  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Self-confidence
  • Determination
  • Initiative
  • Ability
  • Fun!

Learning

The Aim High curriculum is based on key state standards and designed to strengthen the students’ skills in the core courses of language, history, math and science. 

Enrichment

While academics are the cornerstone of what Aim High provides, our intent is to support the growth and development of the whole student. Enrichment services include:

    • College and Career Fair
    • Arts Assembly
    • Guest Speakers
    • Yearbook writing
    • Journalism
    • Physical fun
    • College visits
    • Field Trips
    • Talent Show
    • and so much more.

APPLICATION

APPLICATION PROCESS

AIM HIGH WELCOMES APPLICATIONS FROM ALL ST. LOUIS AREA ACHIEVERS!

It is important that the student carefully and thoughtfully complete their portions of the application. Parents are encouraged to support their effort and are required to limit their work to the parent sections only. 

WE LOOK FOR STUDENTS WHO:

  • Are currently in 5th grade and will be entering 6th grade in the fall. We occasionally admit rising 7th graders.
  • Achieve Bs and Cs on their report cards
  • Have strong records of attendance
  • Have one or more parent or caregiver who will support their 4 year attendance

Preference is given to students attending one of Aim High’s partnering school districts: St. Louis Public Schools, Normandy Collaborative Schools, University City Schools, and Ritenour School District Schools. Preference is also given to students who would be first-generation college students (neither parent completed a 4-year program of study at a post-secondary institution).

Aim High admits approximately 120 students per year. Applications are reviewed once a year in April for admissions beginning that summer. One of the two host campus sites will be assigned to each student based on their home school.

2021 APPLICATION TIMELINE:

APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 ARE CLOSED AS OF MAY 31,2021

 

  • 2 Weeks Post-Application – Rolling Acceptance – Letters of Acceptance and Acceptance Email sent to Families
  • June – New Family Orientation – details mailed to accepted students and families
  • June 18 – First Day of Aim High

NEW STUDENTS

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:

  • A Student Nomination Form completed by their primary teacher, principal or counselor.
  • Current report card – upload into online application or submit with written application
  • IEP (if applicable) pages that discuss diagnosis and accommodations – upload into online application or submit with written application
  • Summer Food Program Form must be completed, signed, and returned by mail, fax, email or brought by student on the first day of the program.  

STUDENT NOMINATION FORM

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FORM

RETURNING STUDENTS

If you have previously been admitted to Aim High, please complete the Returning Student Form so we know your intent to return for the summer. Please provide your most updated contact information so we can communicate appropriately with you and your family regarding upcoming Aim High activities.

All returning students must also complete the summer food program form. Please print, complete, sign and return via mail, fax, email, or bring it on the first day of programming.

RETURNING STUDENT FORM

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FORM

FORMS IN PDF

While we would prefer you to complete your application online using the online form, we understand that isn’t always possible. If you would prefer to download a copy of the PDF and mail that into us, you can find a PDF version of the application here. 

RETURNING STUDENT FORM

NOMINATION FORM

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FORM

SATURDAY SESSIONS

Throughout the school year, we provide Saturday sessions once a month to enrich student learning and re-connect the Aim High family. These sessions range from homework help and tutoring, to college visits to cultural enrichment field trips.

SATURDAY DATES FOR FALL 2021

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TRANSPORTATION

Just like with the summer program, Aim High provides free transportation to and from program activities. Whether Saturday session is on-campus or on a field trip, buses will run from partner school districts to the activity site. As always, you are welcome to drop off and pick-up your child.

Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic our Saturday sessions are operating virtually. When we resume in-person, our bus schedules will be posted here.

 

2021 BUS SCHEDULE

ELECTIVES

Electives are a big part of the Aim High day. These  hands on, creative, informal learning opportunities allow students to experience new things and strengthen their skills. Teachers and TAs from that year create ever-changing elective options based on interests, skills, and expertise. Some past electives include:

  • Ceramics
  • Robotics
  • Coding
  • Mask Making
  • Journalism
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Chess
  • Strategy Games
  • Team Sports

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