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The University of Chicago Charter School is a neighborhood charter school on the South Side of Chicago, operated by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Comprised of four campuses spanning all grades from early childhood through high school, UChicago Charter is a PreK to 12 superhighway that empowers students to RISE to excellence at every level, cultivating critical thinkers and leaders for success in college and in life.

North Kenwood/Oakland, founded in 1998, educates children from prekindergarten to grade five. Donoghue was created in 2005 and also serves children from prekindergarten to grade five. Carter G. Woodson, launched in 2008, provides schooling to children from grade six through eight. Woodlawn was established in 2006 and educates students from grade six to grade twelve.

UChicago Charter provides students with rigorous instruction and comprehensive academic and social supports to accelerate learning, develop college readiness, and cultivate self-responsibility and leadership. Our campuses provide extensive instructional time, including a longer academic day and an extended day, week and year. We take a research-based approach to instruction, engaging students in ambitious intellectual work. Students undertake research projects in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, beginning in elementary school and culminating with thesis projects in the senior year. Each campus envelopes students in a culture of high academic achievement, with explicit attention to issues of race, class, culture, and gender that affect urban schooling.

UChicago Charter uses diagnostic assessments to gauge student progress towards learning standards, using the results to fine-tune instruction, introduce interventions, and target academic and social supports. Intensive professional development, supports, and incentives are in place for teachers and school leaders. An advanced technological infrastructure supports teaching and learning. Parent centers and parent leadership are integral to our school culture. Above all, our teachers, staff, and leaders are dedicated, knowledgeable and skillful educators who teach, support, and inspire our students to achieve at high levels.

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