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UChicago Charter North Kenwood / Oakland Campus ( Grades PreK - 5 )
North Kenwood / Oakland (NKO) serves grades PreK through 5 and is one of the four campuses of the UChicago Charter School. NKO engages students in a challenging academic environment and fosters in all students a sense of responsibility for themselves and their community. NKO is one of the highest-performing non-selective elementary schools in the City of Chicago.
North Kenwood/Oakland is a high-performing school that has won wide recognition for enabling students to learn and achieve at high levels.
For seven years in a row, an increasing percentage of NKO students scored at the meets or exceeds level on ISAT according to the original benchmark. In 2012, 86 percent met or exceeded state standards in reading, mathematics, and science.
All students in grades 3 - 5 participate in the UChicago Charter School Science Fair that is designed to improve students’ ability to be successful in STEM fields.
Every year since 2001, NKO students have outperformed Chicago Public Schools students citywide. In 2012, 26 percent of NKO students exceeded state standards compared to 17.8 percent for CPS.
North Kenwood/Oakland is named after and located at the juncture of the South Side neighborhoods of North Kenwood and Oakland, historic communities formed by African Americans and others seeking a better life, including high quality educational opportunities for their children. In 2008, North Kenwood/Oakland was honored as the recipient of the Illinois State Federation of Community Schools’ Dimon Distinguished Community Schools Award.