North Kenwood Oakland (NKO)

Grades PreK-5

1119 E 46th Street
Chicago IL 60653

Phone: 773-536-2399
Fax: 773-536-2435

School Day: 8:00am – 3:30pm MTThF, 1:00pm W


Campus Leadership:

Efundunke Hughes, Campus Director

Derrick Asante, Assistant Director

Curriculum & Approach

North Kenwood/Oakland’s academic approach is distinguished by:

  • A whole child approach that focuses on teaching the values of self-control, teamwork, integrity, commitment, and kindness
  • A school culture of high academic achievement, featuring rigorous instruction and a curriculum based on research and best practices
  • Committed and skilled educators, including award-winning and National Board Certified Teachers who guide and inspire students to excel
  • An emphasis on teaching students to become independent readers by grade three, using whole group, small group, and individualized instruction
  • A focus on higher-order thinking in mathematics
  • Expert use of literacy, mathematics, and science assessments to measure students’ progress and tailor instruction and supports to each student’s academic needs
  • Technology infused classrooms with desktop or laptop computer and iPad access for every student
  • A full-day pre-kindergarten that offers developmentally appropriate instruction in reading, science, mathematics, and the arts
  • Increased instructional time through an August–June academic year and a school day that offers extended hours beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.

About NKO

The UChicago Charter School’s North Kenwood/Oakland campus 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.