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In 2012, 20% of CGW students were accepted to selective enrollment high schools—the most at any non-selective/non-magnet South Side school.

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4444 S Evans Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: 773.624.0700

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UChicago Charter Carter G. Woodson Campus ( Grades 7 - 8 )

Carter G. Woodson (CGW) serves grades 6 through 8 and is one of the four campuses of the UChicago Charter School. CGW provides rigorous and engaging instruction that expands students' interests and increases their strengths, cultivating and developing leadership capacity in every student.

Approach and Curriculum

Carter G. Woodson is distinguished by:

  • A school culture of high academic achievement where students learn to lead themselves, their school and their world.
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum, programs, and practices that recognize and build upon individual student needs and strengths to support all students in forming positive identities and becoming independent scholars.
  • Committed, knowledgeable and skillful educators who teach, guide and inspire students to excel.
  • An emphasis on enabling students to develop their intellects and explore their interests through X-block courses such as real estate, ice skating, entrepreneurship, biking, fashion design, and cooking.
  • A Living Museum program that teaches students how to develop and apply research methods to the study of history and present their findings to juries of parents, community members, and experts in the field.
  • Oratory, which asks students to study poetry and the spoken word and give public performances rated by panels of peers, teachers, and spoken word artists.
  • Science Fair involving the formulation and testing of hypotheses and public presentations and ratings of the work.
  • Expert use of literacy and mathematics assessments to measure students' prog- ress in order to tailor instruction and supports to enable all children to reach higher levels of achievement.
  • The infusion of technology throughout the curriculum, including laptops for all students.
  • Increased instructional time through an August-June academic year and a school day that offers extended hours beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:45 p.m.


Carter G. Woodson educates students to be successful at high levels with
a deep commitment to addressing their individual needs and stages of development.

  • 20 percent of CGW students were accepted to selective enrollment high schools in 2012, the highest rate of any non-selective/non-magnet school on the South Side.
  • 100 percent of CGW graduates attended a high school of their choice in 2012.
  • Over the past two years, the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards has increased from 70 percent to 83 percent in reading and mathematics.
  • CGW's growth on 2012 ISAT exceeds both citywide and charter school growth.
  • In 2012, for the first time, a UChicago Charter School student qualified to participate in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington, D.C.

About the Carter G. Woodson Name

Carter G. Woodson Middle School's namesake created Negro History Week (later Black History Month) and was key to the establishment of Black history as an important field of scholarship. Carter G. Woodson was among the first African American graduates of the University of Chicago, receiving both his bachelor's degree and master's degree in 1898. In 1912, he became the second African Americanto receive a doctorate from Harvard University.

Campus Leadership

Jarred Brown, Campus Director

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