The University of Chicago Charter School
Our students outperform the city.
- In 2012, 81 percent of UChicago Charter School students met or exceeded in all subject areas on ISAT compared to 74 percent of students citywide.
- UChicago Charter School's growth on 2012 SAT exceeded both citywide and charter school growth.
Our students are meeting or exceeding state standards at high levels.
- The percentage of Donoghue Campus students who met or exceeded state standards in mathematics, literacy and science has grown dramatically, from 51 percent to 77 percent since 2006. 95 percent of 5th graders are meeting or exceeding in mathematics.
- Donoghue performs 20 percentage points better than other elementary schools in its neighborhood.
- 92 percent of North Kenwood/Oakland Campus students met or exceeded state standards in mathematics and science (a 24-point increase from last year).
- 83 percent of Carter G. Wooodson Campus students met or exceeded state standards in reading and mathematics, up from 70 percent two years ago.
- 88 percent of Woodlawn Campus students met or exceeded state standards in literacy.
Our middle school students are accepted to selective enrollment high schools at rates that surpass the majority of the district.
- In 2012, of the 443 district or charter schools that had at least one student selected for selective enrollment high schools, only 16 (only 2 of which were not selective enrollment or magnet schools) equaled or surpassed the Carter G. Woodson Campus in the number of students accepted into selective enrollment high schools.
- Carter G. Woodson is the only South Side non-selective or non-magnet school with this level of acceptance.
We are preparing our students well for college.
- 100 percent of the graduating class of 2012 were accepted to college.
- The Charter School has a 78 percent college-enrollment rate compared to 60 percent in Chicago Public Schools.
- To date, three Woodlawn Campus students have been selected to receive Posse Scholarships, reserved for students who possess extraordinary academic and leadership potential.
- In 2011, the Woodlawn Campus had its first Gates Millennium Scholar, a scholarship that provides full financial support for students’ post-secondary education.
The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program
Our teacher retention rates are excellent, surpassing national statistics.
- In contrast to national statistics that place a third of new teachers exiting their position within three years, and half within five years, UChicago UTEP graduates boast retention rates of approximately 92 percent over five years.
Our graduates are in high demand.
- 100 percent of graduates were employed by Chicago Public Schools for the past two academic years.
Chicago UTEP teachers are extraordinary.
- in 2011, Eliza Ramirez, from cohort 3, was honored with the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.
We are believed in and supported by the Department of Education.
- In 2010, Chicago UTEP was awarded an $11.6 million grant by the DOE to refine and expand. By the last year of the grant, UChicago UTEP will be supporting approximately 300 teachers a year. This expansion represents a significant contribution to the teaching force of Chicago Public Schools.
The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research
Our applied research has informed policy and practice across Chicago’s schools.
- Chicago Public Schools (CPS) adopted UChicago CCSR's 9th grade “on-track indicator” to measure whether students are making progress toward high school graduation.
- UChicago CCSR research on the 5 essentials for school improvement led CPS to revamp its school improvement planning process for every elementary school in Chicago.
- UChicago CCSR research on college access for urban students led to an extensive CPS program that included tracking systems to monitor the completion of financial aid forms and the proportion of students at each high school entering and graduating from college.
- UChicago CCSR research showing that most students displaced by school closings transferred from one low-performing school to another resulted in former CPS CEO Huberman to enact a "Student Bill of Rights" that states that no school can be closed unless all students can go to a higher performing school nearby.
Districts nationwide and the U.S. Department of Education are using UChicago CCSR research.
- In response to UChicago CCSR research, the federal government streamlined the FAFSA, making it easier for families to overcome the biggest barrier to college: paying for it. In Chicago alone, the number of high school seniors successfully applying for federal aide has risen from approximately 65 percent in 2007 to 87 percent in 2010.
- Districts and the DOE are using the UChicago CCSR “on-track” indicator as part of its own work to improve high school graduation rates.
- UChicago CCSR is now supporting the incubation of applied research centers in 20 major urban centers across the country. New York City, Newark, Kansas City and Baltimore have already established research consortia based on UChicago CCSR's work. In addition, Texas has launched a 19-school district consortium.
UChicago Impact's empirically-based tools and supporting services (STEP, 6to16 and 5E) are being used to improve schools across the nation.
- UChicago Impact tools are being used to improve literacy, college readiness and school organization in 20 states and 39 cities.
STEP has made a positive difference in the 85 Chicago schools that have leveraged it.
- There was a 14 percent increase in third grade ISAT reading proficiency scores in schools that used STEP compared to a 6 percent increase in schools that did not.
Teachers believe strongly that 6to16 is helping them develop a college-going culture.
- 100 percent of teachers strongly agree or agree that 6to16 has enabled them to develop a college-going culture in their classrooms.