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AIM HIGH SUMMER 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

Over fifteen hundred middle school students across Northern California participated in Aim High’s 36th annual summer program. For five weeks this summer, students discovered the joy of learning, explored their full potential and changed the trajectory of their educational futures.

PARACHUTE Challenge

Students applied the Engineering Design Process to build and test prototype parachutes for their first STEAM challenge!

GARDEN CHALLENGE

By planting their own seeds, students discovered how much space, water and sunlight a garden requires.

VERTICAL GARDEN DESIGN

To understand food justice and the challenge of limited space, Aim High students conceptualized and designed vertical gardens that could be constructed in their own communities.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Our Novato students learned to create with simple knots, patterns and cords in a macrame elective.

FOUND POETRY

Using "found" text from their readings, students composed poems and explored the power of word choice.

ANTI-RACIST ART

Inspired by L.L. McKinney’s “Your Life Matters,” students designed clothing and everyday items to illustrate anti-racism, encouraging others to become allies in challenging discrimination.

TEXT as metaphor

After reading Jason Reynolds’s “The Ingredients,” students considered the "ingredients" that make up their communities by creating a sandwich that represents the important individuals in their lives.

MORNING CIRCLES

Aim High educators placed community at the center of everything this summer. Every day, they conveyed a sense of connection, community and belonging in their Morning Circle videos.

COMMUNITY CIRCLES

In Community Circles, Aim High educators centered student voices, creating spaces where students felt safe to express their feelings, fears, dreams and hopes.

CORE CONNECTIONS SPEAKER SERIES

Aim High students engaged in lively discussions with industry professionals about their career pathways and their own middle school experiences.

FUTURE SUCCESS

By creating personal vision boards, students mapped out their college and post-college goals. Young people benefit from identifying immediate and long-term educational and social goals through activities that illuminate future possibilities.

LACROSSE

Players learned the fundamentals of lacrosse and the key skills of being a good teammate and leader. In collaboration with Oakland Lacrosse.

BASKETBALL

More than a game: middle schoolers learn about the social issues their favorite players care about while also improving their basketball skills. In collaboration with Ball for Life.

FRISBEE

Ultimate frisbee combined the nonstop movement, field spacing, sprinting and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football — all in a non-contact format. In collaboration with Ultimate Impact.

ROPEs COURSE Adventures

A series of high-climbing rope activitieswhile safely secured in harnessesencouraged students to trust in themselves and their teammates. With Outward Bound California.

RIVER RAFTING

Our Tahoe/Truckee students experienced an outdoor classroom and the great outdoors while rafting the Truckee River.

PERFORMANCE ARTS

Under the guidance of the American Conservatory Theater, students learned the basics of acting and improvisation, created original performance pieces and immersed themselves in imaginative skits.

ROBOTICS

Students built and programmed robots at one of our San Francisco campuses with Lowell High School’s Cardinal Robotics.
A family affair: weekly Aim High Family Challenges invited Aim High students and their parents and siblings to celebrate their culture through creative activities and cooking.