Mission & History

Our Mission

Noble prepares low-income students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives, and serves as a catalyst for education reform in Chicago.

Our History

  • In 1999 two Chicago Public School teachers opened Noble Street Charter School in cooperation with the Northwestern University Settlement Association.
  • Noble’s first class graduates in 2003. More than 85% of graduates pursued postsecondary education.
  • In 2005, Noble began its expansion to serve more students.  Noble’s first two expansion campuses, Rauner College Prep and Pritzker College Prep open their doors to serve additional students in 2006.
  • Noble’s first class of graduates begins earning college degrees in 2007. Golder College Prep and Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy open in August of 2007.
  • In 2008, Noble opens its sixth and seventh campuses, UIC College Prep and Gary Comer College Prep.
  • Three Noble campuses are the highest performing open enrollment high schools in Chicago, based on 2009 ACT scores; Noble campuses rank first through third. Noble’s Muchin College Prep and Chicago Bulls College Prep campuses open.
  • In 2010, Johnson College Prep, Noble’s tenth campus, opens in the Englewood community. Noble receives a $10.6 million Charter School Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • In August of 2011, Noble opens our first middle school at the site of Gary Comer College Prep in the Grand Crossing community. Gary Comer Middle School welcomed its first class of seventy 6th graders and plans to serve 180 students in grades 6-8 when at full capacity.
  • For the third year in a row, in 2011 all Noble campuses taking the ACT rank among the top ten highest performing open enrollment schools in Chicago.
  • Noble began its next phase of expansion in August 2012 by opening two new campuses. DRW College Prep serves Chicago's West side in Homan Square and Hansberry College Prep is educating students on the far South side.
  • In 2013 Brenda Cora, a member of Noble's first ever graduating class, makes history by taking leadership of Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy as Noble's first alumni principal.
  • 2014 saw the opening of Noble's two newest campuses - ITW David Speer Academy and The Noble Academy. Speer Academy is Noble's first STEM campus and extends a Noble education to the families of Chicago's northwest side. The Noble Academy is a is a collaboration between Noble and Phillips Exeter Academy and brings small group, student-centered Harkness® instruction to Chicago.