The mission of the University of Chicago Charter School is to prepare 100% of students for college acceptance and graduation through a pre-K to 12 superhighway that cultivates critical thinkers and leaders. Students are academically prepared for the rigor and demands of college life through challenging coursework and intensive research during their time in middle school and high school. With a college-readiness curriculum including college visits to campuses around the country, UChicago Charter is dedicated to our students' successful acceptance to and graduation from college.
Since 2012, 100% of our UChicago Woodlawn graduating students have been accepted to college.
UCW alumni have attended Stanford, The University of Chicago, Oberlin College, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Missouri, Howard University, and other selective colleges across the country.
UCW holds one of the highest college persistence rates of all non-selective high schools in Chicago.
Exposure is one of the basic barriers to college—many urban students of color and first generation students never step foot on a college campus. College Week gives University of Chicago Charter School students many opportunities to experience firsthand the campuses of colleges and universities across the country and to directly interact with admissions counselors and current students. UChicago Charter Woodlawn high school students have visited colleges in Illinois and on both coasts, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, small liberal arts colleges and prestigious universities. Seeing and experiencing is integral to fueling students' passion to continue to rise to excellence for high school graduation and beyond.
The UChicago Charter Woodlawn Campus held its first annual College Week Kickoff event in 2012. Watch the video to learn more about how College Week builds the UChicago Charter's college-graduation culture: