Aim High is a summer enrichment program for middle school students. In addition they also have tutoring programs during the school year. They run a Student Center for high school and college placement support, and other service learning programs.
The Aim High Headlands Environmental Home (AH-HEH) Program is a week-long environmental education experience for Aim High's graduating 9th graders. As part of Aim High's five-week summer program, 9th grade students from each site dedicate one week to learning what it means to be stewards of the park. Under the guidance of the GGNRA's Habitat Restoration Team, students undertake restoration projects including trail maintenance, removal of invasive plants and monitoring and propagation of native species, providing more than 1,500 volunteer hours to the park annually. Students also camp overnight, hike, visit the beach, take solos (periods of quiet reflection), journal, speak and listen to the group at Council, work in small teams, and learn about the ecology and the history of the region from park experts and naturalists.
Inner-city middle school kids have an opportunity to participate in a challenging, supportive, and tuition-free summer school program. This isn't really a camp but rather a summer education program. Students focus on math, science, humanities, and project-based learning in the mornings, while afternoons are spent on art and mural projects, biking and bike repair, cooking, music, and more. Aim High also organizes field trips, cultural programs, and park stewardship activities at Tennessee Valley Native Plant Nursery in Marin.
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 8am–3:30pm
Applications are due on April 5 and decisions are mailed on May 1. Once admitted, students can participate every summer before entering 9th grade. Enrollment information is available on Aim High's website.
Students in the summer program can avail of free tutoring during the school year. There is also a Student Center that offers college, high school, and financial aid counseling, weekend outings, and job and internship referrals. In the winter, selected groups of students practice stewardship and environmental studies in the Tennessee Valley.