Only one of the 19 new schools that Arne Duncan proposed for next year and beyond didn't get approved at yesterday's Board meeting, according to the press release below. I'm told it's Community Services West that got held back, but is expected to go up to the Board next month. Congrats and condolences to all those who got the green light. You've got a busy year ahead of you to get students and get the doors open on time. You'll get accolades from the press and from the Board, but many of those who comment here won't take what you're doing seriously. Thank God there's only two more years until we get to 100 new schools and 2009-2010.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oct. 25, 2007
Eighteen New Schools Approved by Board of Education
School for autistic
children, U of C charter and elementary replicators among approved
The Chicago Board of Education approved 14 schools to open in the fall of 2008 and four schools to open in the fall of 2009 at yesterday’s board meeting.
Among the approved was the Hope Institute, serving K-8 children with autism and developmental disabilities, Disney II and Burroughs II, replicating the academic successes at Disney Magnet School and Burroughs Elementary, and a charter school that will be run by the University of Chicago and serve middle-grade students.
The schools were among 19 new school proposals recommended to the Board by Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan two weeks ago. One school, Community Services West, was deferred by the Board until its November meeting.
very excited about the truly unique, high-quality education opportunities
these schools will give parents and children,” said Chicago Board
of Education President Rufus Williams. “We’ve always said that not
every child learns the same way, and these schools are an excellent
example of just how diverse great learning environments can be.”
The 14 schools approved by the Board for 2008 are:
- Virtual Opportunities Inside a School Environment (VOISE), a performance school that will serve grades 9-12. It will fully integrate technology into the classroom to provide students with enriched learning environments. VOISE will open fall of 2008 at Austin High School, 231 N Pine.
- Noble Street Charter High School UIC, a charter school that will serve grades 9-12. It will have a college prep curriculum with an emphasis on careers in health and medical fields as part of its partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago. The school will open fall of 2008 on the near West Side near the UIC campus. The Noble Network of Charter Schools currently operates five schools throughout the city.
- Noble Street Charter School Comer Campus, a charter school that will serve grades 9-12. It will have a college prep curriculum and have a partnership with Gary Comer Youth Center. The school will open fall of 2008 in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The Noble Network of Charter Schools currently operates five schools throughout the city.
- Amandla Charter School, a charter school that will serve grades 5-12, with a college prep curriculum starting at the middle school level. Founded by several CPS teachers, including a Building Excellent Schools Fellow, this school will share space with Parker Elementary, 6800 S. Stewart. The school will begin accepting fifth-graders in 2008.
- Perspectives Chicago Lawn, a charter school that will serve grades 6-12. Its culture and curriculum will reflect the Perspectives philosophy, “A Disciplined Life.” The school will open fall of 2008. Currently, Perspectives Charter School operates four charter schools across the city.
- Perspectives Math and Science Academy, a charter school that will serve grades 6-12 and similarly reflect the Perspectives philosophy, “A Disciplined Life,” with a math and science focus. The school, partnering with the Illinois Institute of Technology, will open fall of 2008 at 300 W. Pershing. Currently, Perspectives Charter School operates four charter schools across the city.
- University of Chicago, a charter school that will serve grades 6-8, with a college prep curriculum and a mission to strengthen the community through research, leadership and service. The school will also serve as a professional development site for teachers, principals and support staff, and will open fall of 2008 at Woodson South Elementary, 4444 S. Evans. Currently, University of Chicago operates three charter school campuses across the city.
- The Academy for Global Citizenship, a contract school serving grades K-8, will incorporate the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and focus on global citizenship. The school will open fall of 2008 at 4101 W 51st St.
- LEARN Charter School West Garfield Park, a charter school that will serve grades K-8. Its curriculum will focus on preparing students to be contributing citizens of tomorrow in a safe, nurturing environment today. The school will open fall of 2008 at a yet to be determined location in West Garfield Park. Currently, LEARN operates an elementary charter school in North Lawndale.
- Chicago International Charter School-Friesse, a charter school that will serve grades K-3. It will have an innovative and rigorous curriculum. The school will open fall of 2008 at 9535 S. Throop.
- Disney II, a performance school that will serve grades K-8. Its curriculum will be modeled after Disney Magnet School, an elementary school located on the North Side, and will incorporate many of the same successful instructional practices. Disney II is one of two franchised elementary schools that will open fall of 2008 at a location yet to be determined.
- Burroughs II, a performance school that will serve grades K-8. Its curriculum will be modeled after the curriculum at Burroughs Elementary, a neighborhood school on the Southwest Side, and incorporate many of the same successful instructional practices. Burroughs II is one of two franchised elementary schools that will open fall of 2008 at a location yet to be identified.
- American Quality Schools (AQS) Plato Learning Academy, a contract school that will serve grades K-8. Its curriculum will incorporate a mission and belief that every child has the innate capacity to achieve success through high academic and personal standards, competent and caring faculty and staff, and involved and caring parents. AQS Plato will open fall 2008 in the Austin community.
- Kwame Nkrumah Academy, a contract school that will serve grades K-5. The school takes its name from the first president of Ghana, Francis Nwia Nkrumah, considered the founder of the Pan-African movement. Its curriculum will be African-centered, and approach teaching and learning through the African concept “Ubuntu,” which means, “I am because we are” and “my humanity is expressed through your humanity.” The school will open fall of 2008 at 901 E. 95th St.
The four schools approved by the Board for 2009 are:
- Air Force Academy, a performance school that will serve students in grades 9-12. It will have a rigorous college prep curriculum designed to prepare students for post-secondary education. The Air Force Academy will open fall of 2009 at a location yet to be identified.
- Chicago High School for the Arts, a contract school that will serve students grades 9-12. A state of the art performing arts school with a comprehensive college prep curriculum, it will provide artistically gifted students with intensive pre-professional arts training. Chicago High School for the Arts will open fall of 2009 at a location yet to be identified.
- LEARN Charter School North Lawndale II, a charter school that will serve grades K-8 with a curriculum similar to the other approved LEARN school. The school will open fall of 2009 at a yet to be determined location in North Lawndale.
- Hope Institute, a contract school that will serve students in grades K-8 with autism and developmental disabilities. The Hope Institute for Children and Families, based in Springfield, will open fall of 2009 at a location yet to be determined.
Also, six schools were approved by the Board last November to open in fall of 2008:
- UNO Charter School Network-Archer Heights Campus South will be one of two elementary school campuses at 4248 W 47th St. As with the North campus, the South campus also will offer effective direct instruction methods within a disciplined environment. The Archer Heights campus will open fall of 2008.
- UNO Charter School Network-Archer Heights Campus North will be one of two elementary school campuses at 4248 W. 47th St. The school will offer effective direct instruction methods within a disciplined environment. The Archer Heights campus will open fall of 2008. UNO currently runs four charter campuses in Chicago and seeks to relieve overcrowding while generating community involvement.
- UNO-Archer Heights Campus High School will be United Neighborhoods Organization’s (UNO) first school serving students in grades 9-12. UNO will combine its model of direct instruction within a disciplined environment with high academic expectations for its students. The Archer Heights campus will open fall 2008 at 4248 W. 47th Street.
- ASPIRA Rosa Parks Communication and Technology High School will be an additional charter campus and serve grades 9-12, preparing students for technology-based jobs. The school will offer a 4-year college prep math and science curriculum within the areas of computer science, media arts, and communications. The school also will emphasize the social, cultural and political climate of the surrounding community. ASPIRA currently operates three campuses: a traditional high school, an alternative dropout recovery high school, and a middle school. The Rosa Parks campus will open fall of 2008 at 1856 N. LeClaire.
- ASPIRA Trade Tech High School will be an additional charter campus serving grades 9-12 with a focus on specialized areas of the construction trades. It will also offer a 4-year math and science curriculum, and also emphasize the social, cultural, and political climate of the community. The Trade Tech campus is proposed for fall of 2008 at 4101 W. Ann Lurie Pl.
- Henry Ford Power House Charter High School will serve grades 9-12 and feature a college prep curriculum, where students will engage in hands-on learning programs utilizing a wide range of local resources. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in structured, supervised internships with a variety of corporations throughout Chicago. Located at 931 S. Homan, the old Sears Powerhouse, the school will open fall of 2008 with 9th graders in the first year.
This past summer, CPS received 38 new school proposals submitted by teachers, community leaders, and local and national educators through the Renaissance 2010 Request for Proposals process. After an extensive review process involving parents, educators, elected officials, local and national experts, community leaders and CPS staff, Duncan chose 19 proposals to submit to the Board for approval.
for the new schools comes in significant part from the Renaissance Schools
Fund, a private partner to the Chicago Public Schools in fundraising,
strategy and accountability for Renaissance 2010.
“Investments by Chicago’s business and civic communities are helping to bring successful school models to scale,” said Phyllis Lockett, Chief Executive Officer of the Renaissance Schools Fund, which has raised more than $41 million in private funds for Renaissance 2010. “Many of the schools approved today will offer innovations, including a longer school day, more professional development for teachers, and programs that encourage active parental involvement—innovations we hope to see translated across the system.”
Mayor Daley began Renaissance 2010 three years ago to create 100 new schools by 2010, replacing low-performing schools with new educational options in underserved communities and relieving school overcrowding in communities experiencing rapid growth.
Under Renaissance 2010, 18 new schools opened this fall, 15 new schools opened last fall, and 22 new schools opened in the fall of 2005, for a total of 55 schools. Also, three additional schools opened at Dodge, Williams and Terrell in 2003 and 2004 under the original pilot program that preceded the June 2004 start of Renaissance 2010.
Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system.
It includes more than 600 schools and about 409,000 students.
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