Heights is hiring for Summer 2024! Learn more about opportunities to join our team. 

A strong foundation
for future success


The path to college and careers begins here. Our comprehensive, sequenced programs and services start early in the educational journey, preparing students to successfully navigate high school. The result: established pathways to success, empowering middle schoolers and their families to enter high school with confidence.

Middle school programs

Students gain skills and experiences to strengthen academic performance, guidance navigating high school placement and selection, and college and career advising. Our staff are embedded at four School District of Philadelphia schools and are available to all Philadelphia middle school students in the summer.

Working with students in sixth to eighth grade on academic success and pathways to college and career. 

Supporting eighth graders and their families through the High School selection process. 

Summer programs are dedicated to serving rising seventh to rising ninth graders with a focus on social and emotional skills, as well as the transition to high school. 

Heights' Steppingstone Academy student

Our middle school partners

Mary McLeod Bethune School

Paul L. Dunbar School

Tanner G. Duckrey School

Morton R. McMichael School

Steppingstone Academy

Steppingstone Academy

Beginning with recruitment in the spring of students’ fourth-grade years, the Steppingstone Academy places high-achieving scholars in independent and magnet schools. Join our summer and Saturday academic programs, internships, free tutoring, and college and career advising. 

Our preparation and placement for fifth and sixth graders, this 14-month program includes weekend academic sessions during fifth grade, bookended by two six-week summer sessions.

Tap into academic enrichment and advising for scholars in grades six to eight.

Summer programs

Tap into rigorous summer study collaborations with partner colleges. Students explore a variety of topics including writing, environmental science, and career exploration.

Our vision for middle school students


of cohorted students will persist to the next grade level


of cohorted students will apply to a criteria-based high school


increase of Black and Latinx students at most selective district high schools by 2026

See more of our program pipeline

High school

Receive college and career preparation embedded in Philadelphia high schools, including enrichment, summer programs, and 1:1 advising.


Gain a college advisor and connections to greater resources — including career opportunities, stipends, and scholarships — at over 70 distinct institutions across the country.


Launch a life-sustaining career with a solid path to employment in a variety of industries, plus internships, mentoring, and other job opportunities.

Let’s bring a brighter future to life

Join Heights and see how far Philadelphia students can go.