Chicago Tribune cover story shows UChicago Charter's college-enrollment rate as #2 among all high schools in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
For the first time, the annual report cards released by the Illinois State Board of Education include college-going statistics and reveal that the University of Chicago Charter School is among the top high schools in the state in terms of college enrollment. For the 2011-12 school year, 89 percent of UChicago Charter graduates enrolled in college within 12 months, and 92 percent enrolled within 16 months. Not only does this far exceed the Chicago Public Schools and state averages, but it places UChicago Charter at number two in the Chicagoland area, behind only Walter Payton College Prep. (Chart from Page 6 of Oct. 31, 2014 Chicago Tribune, Print Edition)
Across all four UChicago Charter campuses spanning grades Pre-K to 12, leaders, teachers, staff, parents, and students have worked diligently to instill a college-graduating culture, preparing and supporting alumni not only for acceptance to college, but cultivating the academic mindsets and creating the supports needed to persist through to college completion. At a time when a college degree is more important than ever, the Urban Education Institute's efforts continue to build on this success—at the UChicago Charter School and in research, practice, and policy—to focus on what really matters to create college success for all students.