The Noble Way - September 2013

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The Noble Nine:

Noble campuses again flood the ranking of the top 10 highest performing schools on the ACT.

Nine of the top ten open enrollment public high schools in the city of Chicago are Noble high schools for the second year in a row, according to ACT scores published by Chicago Public Schools last month. In a year that saw the national and Illinois ACT averages go down, we are particularly proud of the success of the thousands of Noble scholars. Not only did Noble schools top the ACT ranking list,but 100 percent of Noble students were accepted to college last year earning more than $100 million in scholarship support.

Meet Jair: Noble's 1st Harvard-Bound Graduate

This fall, when he sets foot on Harvard University's campus as a student, Jair will disprove many of the expectations society would place upon him. Coming from Chicago's Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, Jair is the first in his family to attend college and will be pursuing a Physics degree from Harvard on a full-tuition scholarship.

Until he came to Pritzker College Prep, college was never a part of his life plan, but the teachers and staff began to open Jair's eyes to a new world of possibilities for his future.  "At first, I told myself that applying to Harvard was just about the money. A full scholarship would solve all of my financial restrictions on going to college. But, what kept me up at night for an extra hour adding the finishing touches to my essays was the thought that maybe I could have a chance at surrounding myself with some of the greatest people of my generation."

CPS CEO Attends Charter Parents United Town Hall

On September 18th, 500 parents and charter supporters braved the heavy rain to participate in a town hall hosted by Charter Parent United with the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Families turned out from charter schools across Chicago to voice their support for the educational choice they made for their child and get their questions answered.

Toni Sea-Gerald, a charter parent and head of Charter Parents United (CPU), ran the town hall and posed questions submitted by audience members to Byrd-Bennett. This was followed by key questions from a panel of CPU advocates. One of the biggest victories of the night came when Byrd-Bennett promised to have a charter parent advisory council assembled by October 31st. This council would give charter families and supporters more of a voice, while facilitating open communication and understanding between CPS and the charter community. Learn more about CPU and see media coverage of the townhall.

Doors Open at Two New Noble Campuses

On August 19th, more than 3,000 freshmen from across the city converged on Noble for the first day of school. After many months of preparation, the inaugural classes at Baker College Prep and Pullman College Prep came ready to make history at Noble's two newest campuses on Chicago's far southeast side. Students began classes at bright and renovated facilities decorated with college penants and Noble pride. Baker College Prep will provide a civics-focused curriculum to its students in addition to a rigorous college prepatory program. Pullman College Prep will offer Noble's first martial arts program as a unique approach to health and fitness at the campus. Martial arts will also help the students of Pullman College Prep develop the mental skills to support the rigorous education they will receive.

The first day was also notable for the scholars of Gary Comer College Prep Middle School as they walked through the doors at the campus's new home around the corner from the Gary Comer Youth Center in the former Paul Revere Elementary School.

586 Sophomores Spend Summer on College Campuses

Noble students at the University of Maryland.This summer Noble's Right Angle program sent a record 586 rising juniors to Summer of a Lifetime programs at 60 colleges and universities across the nation. Our students participated in summer programs at colleges such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins University among other schools. Students participated in collegiate programs in 20 states and the District of Columbia. For many of our students, this was their first time away from home and out of state.

"Attending Georgetown for Summer of a Lifetime exposed me to new cultures and gave me new goals for myself. Now, I definitely know that I want to do something important in my life, and that all of that begins with college.” Karla, Georgetown University

One of the largest Summer of a Lifetime sites was the University of Maryland, which hosted 25 students (pictured left). This summer also marked new partnerships with Washington University in St. Louis and Carelton College.