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Aim High

For the past few summers, CDS has partnered with Aim High, a local learning program for low-income middle school students in the Bay Area. In June and July, CDS opens the doors of its middle school campus as host of Aim High’s Mission District site, and over 100 Aim High students spend those weeks deeply engaged in a blend of academics and enrichment, ranging from essay writing and squid dissection to cooking and music production.

Aim High’s decision to partner with CDS was inspired by several factors, notably the state-of-the-art facilities, access to technology, and a shared commitment to the community. Additionally, CDS and Aim High share many great connections: Our first grade teacher Kristina Berman has worked with Aim High for more than ten years, and Eric Guthertz, another beloved Aim High educator and current principal of Mission High School, is a former CDS parent.

Beyond shared values and connections, Aim High has a strong track record of partnering with independent schools in the Bay Area (Lick-Wilmerding High School, the Urban School, and Marin Academy). “We loved the idea of adding CDS to that list of great partners, and we’re grateful to be a part of the community,” says Alec Lee, Aim High’s co-founder and Executive Director.

Reflecting on the partnership’s inaugural summer in 2016, one Aim High board member commented that having CDS as the Mission District site “made a difference in students’ summer Aim High experience.” He credited this to the leadership of the Aim High teachers as well as the “resource-rich, learning-oriented CDS site.”

We are excited about this partnership, and we look forward to many more years of working together with Aim High.

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