Our Programs

Programs

Academic Program

HighSight scholars meet three times a week with adult volunteer tutors for academic support.

Academic Program Details

As the goal of every HighSight scholar is to attend college, HighSight provides a number of activities to help them achieve that goal, such as ACT preparation, application workshops and college fairs and visits. One hundred percent of the HighSight graduates enroll in a four-year college.

Summer Programs

Freshman, Sophomore, Independent and Leadership summer programs offer academic, team-building, and leadership development.

Summer Programs Details

HighSight Scholars participate in a variety of activities throughout their summers. They include: an intensive writing course, college knowledge workshops, leadership and personal development. Also offered are independent summer programs such as college seminars or international travel to places like France, Ghana, China, Thailand and Paraguay.

Freshman Summer Program

Incoming freshman scholars take part in an intense, five-week academic program that emphasizes reading, math, writing and study skills. The program culminates with Freshman Week, where students work on team-building and leadership development.

Sophomore Summer Program
This summer experience is designed to assist students in making a positive transition to their second year of high school.  Students focus in writing and character development while reading books on setting goals and planning for college.

Independent Summer Program
All of our rising fourth year students get to participate in an independent summer program.  These include discovery and enrichment on college campuses, at elite boarding schools, and with international travel to nations around the world.

Summer Leadership Program
During this 10-session program, scholars focus on building self-confidence, improving leadership skills and enhancing their communication skills. The course starts with a two-day seminar at HighSight.

High School Scholarships

HighSight provides partial, 4-year scholarships for students to attend quality private high schools in Chicago.

High School Scholarships Details

Since 1992, HighSight has undertaken the responsibility of helping Chicago's inner-city youth to achieve their dreams through access to a quality education. We do so by providing our scholars with financial support through donor-funded partial scholarships to private high schools in Chicago.

Insight Middle School Program

The Insight Academic Program provides educational and social support to middle school students in Chicago.

Insight Middle School Program Details

The Insight Academic Program provides an adult tutor/mentor to help each child in the program with their academics and personal development throughout the school year.

Insight operated as a program of a Catholic Church located on the Near North Side of Chicago for more than 15 years. In August of 2004, in order to assure Insight's existence, HighSight adopted the program. Since then, we have been able to better serve the Insight students with high school readiness programming.

Insight currently works with 65 middle school children - 5th to 8th graders. The students, coming from more than 20 elementary schools, attend weekly mentoring sessions on Mondays during the school year.

With HighSight's experience over the past two decades of awarding scholarships for students to attend private schools, we have come to realize that many of the students who apply to us are under-prepared academically. Many students are attending schools that are not helping them develop the structure and personal discipline required to succeed at the high school level. Through Insight, we are able to assist the students take a more serious approach toward their academics, so that ultimately, they will be qualified to select and attend the best possible high school for them.

Questions? Contact Sr. Stephanie Schmidts at 312.787.9824 x 225 or sschmidts@sbcglobal.net.

Program Expectations

Becoming a HighSight Scholar

HighSight's goal is to challenge you academically and socially to meet the demands of high school and prepare you to succeed in college.

Becoming a HighSight Scholar Details

Our mission goes beyond awarding you a scholarship to attend the private high school of your choice. HighSight's goal is to challenge you academically and socially to meet the demands of high school and prepare you to succeed in college. As a HighSight scholar, you will be challenged to GO ANOTHER MILE beyond your expectations.

Students who earn HighSight scholarships show a desire to get a solid education, are committed to their future, are willing to work hard and are giving back to their communities.

If you are selected as a HighSight scholar, you join a strong community of students and families who care deeply about success, and staff and mentors who work hard to support each student. It is not easy and we will ask a lot of you. Are you up to the challenge?

Academic Success

HighSight challenges you to focus on your school work and become better prepared to attend the best college you can.

Academic Success Details

We have high expectations for each scholar. HighSight challenges you to focus on your school work and become better prepared to attend the best college you can. We know that with a strong desire to succeed, every student can do well in high school. Our scholars prove us right every year. Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, and what they have in common is a desire to succeed.

HighSight Activities

HighSight scholars are required to participate in a number of programs designed to support and challenge you both academically and socially.

HighSight Activities Details

Academic Mentoring

All HighSight scholars take part in weekly Academic Study Sessions where they meet with our volunteer adult mentors to work on homework, study skills and academic preparation. 

College Preparation

HighSight provides college tours, ACT prep classes, writing workshops, individualized college counseling and assistance in securing college scholarships. 

Summer Programs

HighSight provides a variety of programs during the summer to help prepare our scholars for their Freshman year in high school, and to continue with their academic success and college preparation.

Academic Mentoring

All HighSight scholars take part in weekly Academic Study Sessions, which currently meet Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings.

Academic Mentoring Details

All HighSight scholars take part in weekly Academic Study Sessions, which currently meet Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings. At the sessions, our volunteer adult mentors work with scholars on their homework, study skills and academic preparation. Freshman scholars must attend all three sessions.

College Preparation

The goal of each scholar is to graduate from an excellent college or university that provides great financial assistance.

College Preparation Details

The goal of each scholar is to graduate from an excellent college or university that provides great financial assistance. Therefore HighSight provides college tours, ACT prep classes, writing workshops, individualized college counseling and assistance in securing college scholarships. Every scholar is expected to enroll in the best college possible.

Summer Programs

HighSight scholars stay busy, starting even before they begin high school:

Summer Programs Details

HighSight scholars stay busy, starting even before they begin high school:

FRESHMEN attend afternoon academic sessions where they focus on reading, writing, math, character development and study skills. It is part of the extra edge that sets a HighSight scholar apart from other students. The summer culminates with a week-long leadership and team building workshop that includes a three-night stay at La Lumiere School in Indiana.

SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS participate in a variety of activities throughout their summers. They include:

  • an intensive writing course and college knowledge workshops;
  • a course in leadership and personal development. The class focuses on effective communication, leadership skills and confidence-building activities;
  • independent summer programs such as college seminars or international travel to places like France, Ghana, China, Thailand and Paraguay.

All of these programs are designed for good reason: our scholars see positive results.

Do you have what it takes to be a HighSight Scholar?

To become a HighSight scholar you must be willing to meet certain requirements.

Do you have what it takes to be a HighSight Scholar? Details

The contract you will sign before you begin with HighSight will be your commitment to:

  • Maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average
  • Attend academic sessions at HighSight three times a week
  • Participate in at least one extracurricular activity at your high school
  • Be an active member of HighSight - attend outings, college visits and summer programs
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude in all you do
  • Act as a role model to your peers
  • Attend the best college possible