The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made an investment of $21 million in Chicago Schools to strengthen the students’ preparation for college. The gift funds the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative, which will provide for major enhancements in high school curriculum and instruction to ensure the students are prepared to prosper in college and profession.
Under this effort, the coursework structure and mentor techniques of 50 high schools will be changed. The goal is to offer all students access to a high quality education, while keeping them inspired throughout their high school years. Courses will be provided to capture student interest, while offering them with the understanding required to go and finish on to college or another kind of post-high school education. The initiative also will provide instructors who are able and well prepared to inspire these young people with a love of learning and desire to excel.
Like numerous other large metropolitan districts, conventional high schools in the Chicago schools battle to offer tough and pertinent coursework with the individualized guideline essential for all students. Presently in the Chicago schools, only 47 percent of graduates go on to college, while 46 percent of 9th graders dropout prior to graduation. A number of those who continue to college discover they need restorative classes to cover material they must have mastered in high school.
The Gates Foundation picked Chicago schools to be one of the first huge cities to meet this difficulty for today’s youth. The Chicago schools aspired to partner in this undertaking.
Initially, Chicago schools will carry out the improvement strategy with 14 high schools, starting with the 9th grade. The redesign effort then broadens to other grades and to 36 extra high schools over the next three years. The preliminary 14 schools are:
- – Bowen Environmental Studies Team (BEST).
- – Carver Military Academy.
- – Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville.
- – Clark Academic Prep High School.
- – Crane High School.
- – Dunbar Vocational High School.
- – Dyett High School.
- – Fenger Academy High School.
- – John Hope College Preparatory High School.
- – Kenwood Academy.
- – Wendell Phillips High School.
- – School of the Arts, South Shore Campus.
- – Mose Vines Preparatory Academy at Orr Campus.
- – George Washington High School.
The goals of the broad redesign initiative are to improve class guideline, supply more choices and opportunities for trainees and their parents, and to make Chicago schools performance more responsible to parents and the community. The 5 most considerable difficulties to be attended to by the Chicago schools are strengthening the curriculum, increasing rigor and relevance of coursework, including depth to course content, improving expert advancement, and offering better school-based assistance.
The card tracks a school’s efficiency in locations, such as graduation rate, school environment, teacher details, and trainee accomplishment. One area of enhancement of benefit to trainees, instructors and parents, alike, is the recruitment of and professional assistance for high quality principals for the Chicago schools.
The initiative is one of the most thoughtful and thorough techniques to high school reform in the nation with its goal of raising expectations and preparing every student for success after high school.
The effort gives Chicago schools the prospective to substantially affect the quality of education students receive in high school and put them on the ideal track to succeed after graduation.
The objective is to provide all students access to a high quality education, while keeping them motivated throughout their high school years. Like lots of other large urban districts, traditional high schools in the Chicago schools battle to provide tough and appropriate coursework with the individualized instruction required for all students. Chicago schools will carry out the transformation strategy with 14 high schools, beginning with the 9th grade. The card tracks a school’s performance in areas, such as graduation rate, school climate, instructor info, and trainee achievement. One area of improvement of advantage to parents, students and teachers, alike, is the recruitment of and expert assistance for high quality principals for the Chicago schools.