Annual Report 2011-2012
Determined Learners, Future Leaders
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During the two or three years that they are enrolled in High Jump, students participate in over 350
classroom hours of academic enrichment annually, including Saturday programming and daily six-week
intensive summer sessions. High Jump students receive mentoring, high school application and financial
aid counseling, supplies and textbooks and are exposed to life-changing opportunities such as an annual
educational leadership experience and other special activities.
1OUR MISSIONHigh Jump equalizes access to education for middle
school students who have exhibited exceptional
academic ambition and potential, and who are of
limited economic means. We provide academic
enrichment, counseling, and support to students of
diverse backgrounds, with the goals of sending our
participants to superior college preparatory schools,
ensuring their success while they are there, and
enhancing their ability to gain admission to highly
regarded four-year colleges and universities.
High Jump helped me turn opportunities that I thought were beyond my dreams into the next logical step. Shamsideen Musa, Cohort 7
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3Shamsideen Musa, an alumnus of Cohort 7, shared an observation about the program that
resonates in many ways with the year we have had here at High Jump. In reflecting upon his path to his May 2012 graduation from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Shamsideen told a room full of High Jump friends and supporters, High Jump helped me turn opportunities that I thought were beyond my dreams into the next logical step. In June 2012, High Jumps leadership realized a long-held dream to increase the number of students who benefit from the programs mix of rigorous academics, powerful peer networks and character and leadership skill development. We are increasing the number of young people in Chicago who will experience the kind of opportunities that Shamsideen was talking about. One of our founding partners, the Francis W. Parker School, joined Latin School of Chicago and the University of Chicago Lab Schools to welcome High Jump students into their school communities.
Parkers support coupled with Latins steadfast partnership and Labs commitment to allow us to serve 40 percent more students in our Prep 6 program has allowed us to grow dramatically. We now serve 220 students and are on track to serve 280 by June 2013.
I admit, being new to High Jump, I was nervous about pursuing a steeper trajectory of growth than High Jump had ever undertaken before. But the opportunity to find even more talented kids, help them develop their talents and then connect them to earned opportunities has been extremely meaningful to me both personally and professionally. Our staff team was so eager to double our recruiting challenge and find more students and then more great teachers to guide those students. Our board members were so invigorated to secure the financial support we needed and committed to guiding our growth. I realized this was a chance for High Jump to live up to the model Shamsideen and every other young High Jumper who had conquered fear, doubt and unease on their own path has set for us. We would turn this opportunity to grow into simply the next logical step.
Such alchemy would be impossible without the ongoing support of our generous donors and partners. We thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to support High Jumps determined learners and future leaders.
Lee HartExecutive Director
Dear Friends of High Jump,
from the Executive Director
We are very pleased to share with you this annual report for High Jumps 2011-2012 school year, a period marked by tremendous change and growth for the program. At the beginning of the year, we welcomed Lee Hart as our new executive director. For those of you fortunate enough to have met Lee, you will know that her energy and enthusiasm for working with High Jumps talented students have only been matched by her drive to see the program serve more great kids. In just a short time, Lee has raised the bar pushing hard to grow the program to a third campus location and to ensure that our results are tangible and measurable.
High Jump has a long history of providing high quality academic enrichment opportunities for Chicagos brightest, hardest-working middle schoolers. Since its founding, our tuition-free program has focused intently on helping to make an excellent education accessible to motivated students, regardless of their financial situation. Students graduate from High Jumps two-year course of study with a solid academic foundation, and 100 percent go on to attend the finest college preparatory high schools in and around Chicago, and across the country. Our students work hard to achieve their education goals, and as a community of supporters faculty, staff, parents, volunteers and donors we know that we must also continue to work hard to help them succeed.
As we look back on the year, we can say with certainty that we did work hard on the students behalf. With the generous support of the Francis W. Parker School community, we opened a new location that will allow High Jump to double the number of students the program serves. This is not only an exciting development for High Jump, but it is welcome news in our city and for the many deserving students who will benefit from greater access to learning and choice.
We are proud of our High Jump students, and of their achievements in school and in their careers. Their successes inspire us in so many ways. We hope that they continue to inspire you, too.
Thanks very much for your support.
All the best,
Vince CozziChair, Board of Trustees
from the Chair of the Board of Trustees
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5Our students work hard to achieve their education goals, and as a community of supporters we know that we must also continue to work hard to help them succeed. Vince Cozzi, 2011-12 chair of the Board of Trustees
6Organizational Highlights 2011-2012
Independent, boarding and parochial
schools have committed more than
$1.4 million in financial support for
18 graduates of 2012s Cohort 22.
To ensure a quality experience for all
students, High Jump began working
with Mission Measurement, nationally
respected consultants that work with
nonprofits to measure and maximize
their social impact.
In the third year of programming, the
number of students in attendance at High
Jumps University of Chicago Laboratory
Schools Prep 6 program increased by more
than 40 percent. Even with the increase in
students, High Jump was able to maintain
a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
With increased funding in 2012,
High Jump was able to create frontline
leadership positions for our campuses.
This is an integral part of fulfilling
the goal of becoming a successful
multi-site organization with replicable
goals and outcomes.
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7High Jump secured several large
multi-year gifts that allowed the
program to launch a third campus at
Francis W. Parker School in 2012.
For the third year in a row, a High
Jump alumnus was awarded the Gates
Millennium Scholarship. In addition,
one alumnus received the QuestBridge
Scholarship and three alumni were named
Posse Scholars. These college-access and
youth-leadership scholarship funds are
highly competitive on a national level.
By June of 2013, High Jump will be
serving 280 students annually. Since
the programs inception, High Jump has
produced more than 900 alumni.
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Programmatic Highlights 2011-2012
Exploring ChicagoSixth grade students toured the University
of Chicago and attended the acclaimed
Physics with a Bang showcase at the
University of Chicago Kersten Physics
Teaching Center. The day featured hands-on
demonstrations and lively lectures given
by university physics professors. Students
were also given tours of physics laboratories.
Seventh graders attended the Chicago
Shakespeare Theatres world premiere
family musical The Adventures of
Pinocchio, and enjoyed the sites of
The eighth graders ventured to Six Flags
Great America to study the laws of
physics in motion and discover how
math and science apply to roller coasters.
Students built model roller coasters
and learned how force and acceleration
operate in the real world.
Students build personal libraries of fiction and nonfiction booksHigh Jump students ended the school year
with a dynamic collection of books including: l Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck l Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson l Orphan of the Sun by Gill Harveyl Chandras Secret by Allan Strattonl Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijiel Our America: Life & Death on the South Side of Chicago by LeAlan Jones & Lloyd Newmanl Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Penal The Giver by Lois Lowryl Lord of the Flies by William Goldingl Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradburyl A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespearel Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell