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High Jump

  • High Jump
  • 59 W. North Blvd.
  • Chicago, IL 60610
  • 312-582-7700
  • 1989

Program Description

High jump is Chicago's leading tuition-free academic enrichment program for talented and motivated middle school students. In 1989, High Jump was founded by the Francis W. Parker School and Latin School of Chicago with full funding from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. The organizations set out to combine resources, programs and experiences to ensure that access to competitive secondary school education was not determined by lack of information, limitations of home schools, or personal financial resources. High Jump prepares students for top public, parochial and independent day and board schools.

Selected students participated in a rigorous 2 year, six month course of study on Saturdays and daily during the summer session in their 7th and 8th grade year. The hallmark of the High Jump experience is a course of study that builds academic and social skills, fosters self-confidence and independent thinking as well as provides critical information about future educational choices.

High Jump has made it possible for more than 900 deserving young students to be prepared for, and to succeed in, some of the most challenging college preparatory high schools in the country.

100 percent of program alumni matriculate to and graduate from top college preparatory high schools and more than 85 percent go on to attend college. We are extremely proud of this record of success and the impact High Jump has on educational attainment and future success.

During the summer of 2010, High Jump expanded outreach and launched Prep 6, a pilot program at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Prep 6 targets students a year earlier, in the 6th grade, focusing specifically on math and writing. Prep 6 was made possible through generous funding from the John Buck Company Foundation.

High Jump is proud to announce that we have launched a new site on the campus of one of our founding partners, the Francis W. Parker School. We are excited to extend the reach of our academic support to eager and talented students citywide in Chicago. With the launch of the new site at Francis W. Parker School, High Jump now serves 220 students. By June 2013 our numbers will grow to 280 students.

Students who participate in the High Jump program come from all over the Chicagoland area. Students who apply to High Jump must be in the fifth or sixth grade at the time of application, excel academically, and possess the desire to learn and come from families who demonstrate limited family income.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 3%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 7%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 41%
  • Other: 3%
  • African American: 44%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 285
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bates College
  • Beloit College
  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Drake University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hampton University
  • Harvard College
  • Illinois State University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Knox College
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Macalester College
  • Marquette University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Miami University-Oxford
  • Middlebury College
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University-Calumet Campus
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn