UChicago Charter Donoghue Campus (Grades Pre-K - 5)
Donoghue (DON) serves grades pre-K through 5 and is one of the four campuses of the UChicago Charter School. Donoghue focuses on children's academic and social development, engaging students in challenging academic environments and fostering in all students a sense of responsibility for themselves and their community.
Donoghue's academic and curricular approach is distinguished by:
- A school culture of high academic achievement featuring rigorous instruction and a curriculum based on research, best practices and high academic standards.
- Committed, knowledgeable and skillful educators, including National Board Certified Teachers, who teach, guide and inspire students to excel.
- Increased instructional time through a school day that begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., Saturday classes and full-day summer school.
- Emphasis on teaching students to become independent readers by grade three, and using whole group, small group and individualized instruction.
- Focus on high-order thinking in mathematics.
- Expert use of literacy and mathematics assessments to measure students’ progress and to tailor instruction and supports to enable all children to reach higher levels of achievement.
- A full-day pre-kindergarten program that offers developmentally appropriate instruction in reading, science, mathematics, art, music and dance.
- A science laboratory where students conduct experiments to test their hypotheses about the physical and biological worlds.
- Instruction in dance, drumming, painting and music offered by professional artists.
Donoghue has won state and national recognition for enabling students to make significant progress towards success in college.
- Over time, more Donoghue students meet and exceed state standards. The percentage of students meeting and exceeding state standards in literacy, mathematics and science at Donoghue has grown dramatically from 52 percent to almost 70 percent since 2006 (according to 2012 ISAT benchmarks).
- Strong mathematics instruction is getting results. 84 percent of students at Donoghue meet or exceed state standards in mathematics.
- Donoghue students enjoy the benefits of extended-day learning. 75 percent of students participated in extended-day academic, sports and arts activities through programming before school, after school, on Saturday or during the summer.
- Donoghue is an award-winning school. Donoghue received an EPIC award for bringing about a significant increase in student achievement.
Donoghue is named after George T. Donoghue, a civil engineer and the first general superintendent of the Chicago Park District. Under his leadership, the Park District began community programs and opened facilities and field houses in neighborhoods across the city. Donoghue was also one of the original organizers of the Bud Billiken Parade, the oldest and largest annual African American parade in the country.
Erin Gilmore Slack, Director
Aneesa Sergeant, Assistant Director