Top 10 Charter & Performance School Increases 06-07

Check out below which charter and performance schools made the biggest jumps.


100 New Schools for Chicago 


August 2007

Volume 3, Issue


Letter from the Chief



Dear Colleagues:


As we near the start of the school year, I am honored to
be in a

joining the Chicago Public Schools team as the Executive Officer of the Office
of New Schools.  I am a practitioner with 16 years of experience teaching high
school social studies in public, public charter and independent schools; being
a youth development program director within a public school; and serving as a
principal and school replicator for a charter boarding school serving the urban
youth of
Washington DC, most recently at the SEED
Foundation.   I loved my previous work, but I could not pass up the opportunity
to work with a district, within an office, and with school operators, leaders
and teachers dedicated to offering a diverse range of high quality school
options to all our youth. 


Chicago Public Schools is moving with a sense of urgency
to make the necessary changes to prepare all students for the rigors of college
and the work world.  I am eager to work with all of you in making that happen.
Over the next several months, I plan to visit each school with whom our office
works so I can see teaching and learning in action.  I have spoken with or met
several members of our community already, and I look forward to meeting and
working with you all in the near future.


Yours in Service,


Josh Edelman

Executive Officer






TOP 10 New Schools1 that experienced
the highest gains on the % of students meeting or exceeding state standards on
the ISAT from 2006 to 2007

2007 Data Preliminary







































School Name



Percentage Point Gain






Sizemore Academy of Betty Shabazz International Charter School









Galapagos Charter









University of Chicago – Donoghue campus









Williams Prep Medical









CICS- Basil  campus









CICS – Wrightwood campus









UNO – Tamayo campus


















Young Women’s Leadership Charter School









Alain Locke Charter







[1] Includes
Performance and
Charter Schools






Cohort III School Opening Celebrations


As the fall 2007-2008 school year rolls around, help ONS
celebrate the opening of several new schools.  The chart below details the
information about several of the schools opening this fall.























































Event Date






Event Time



Event Location



Collins Academy High School



  August 4






  Park, 1401



Chicago International Charter School-Irving Park Campus



  August 17






Brands Park, 3259 N. Elston Ave



Catalyst Elementary School



  August 18









John Harvard Elementary School for Excellence



  August 25






    S. Harvard Ave



  Charter Schools-Officer Donald Marquez Campus



  August 30






W. 47th



Polaris Charter Academy at Morse



  September 1






  N. Sawyer



TEAM Englewood Community Academy



  September 4






  of C International House
1414 E. 59th St.



North Lawndale College Prep



  September 5






  1615 S Christiana



Perspectives Charter Middle School



  September 12






  S. May



Perspectives Charter Schools-Calumet High School of Technology



  September 12






  S. May



Frazier International Magnet School



  September 13










If you would like more information about the school
opening celebrations, please contact Jaime
Guzmán (



Illinois Network of Charter Schools: Charter Up!  Celebration
for All Charter Schools


The Illinois Network
of Charter Schools (INCS) is pleased to invite the charter community to the 2007
Charter Up! celebration, their
second annual performance recognition program for charter public schools in


This year's
recognition ceremony will celebrate the innovation, passion and successes of
all charter public schools by highlighting the strides they have made in
education.  In addition, several outstanding schools whose programs best
exemplify the essence of charter schools will be given an award
distinction.  The charter public school community including parents and
students will attend. Members of the media and other notable citizens will be


All charters are
encouraged to attend Charter Up!  The ceremony will be held on Thursday,
August 23rd at University of Chicago Charter School – Donoghue
Campus located at
707 E. 37 th Street Chicago at 10:00 A.M.
Please RSVP by August 9th to Marvin Smith at INCS 312-235-0798 Ext
26 or e-mail



Annual National Black Child Development Institute Conference | Hyatt Regency,
Chicago |
21-23, 2007


The 2007 Annual Conference will provide over 150
seminars, forums and workshops led by renowned experts on child development
issues. The conference is your chance to:

à Learn
about the issues that enhance the overall development of our children.

à Expand
your knowledge and skills to achieve greater outcomes for children.

à Experience
the Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) to increase parental involvement, and
empower parents to become real advocates for their children.

à Engage
in public policy discussions that focus on Universal Pre-Kindergarten and other
issues from national, state and local perspectives.

à Receive
cutting-edge, research-based early literacy and reading strategies to improve
student achievement.

à Discover
the latest culturally relevant tools and practices used to promote the social
and emotional development of children.

à Attend
hands-on strategy sessions and forums that will help you get children ready to

à Network
and share ideas with a diverse group of professionals from around the country
to make the NBCDI conference a yearlong experience of learning and professional

à Meet
with representatives from companies and other organizations that work on behalf
of children to learn about their products, services and research.

à Obtain
CEU credits toward professional development


Register by 7/31/07 to secure
the discounted fee.
  For more information, call (800) 556-2234
or (202) 833-2220.


Visit, periodically, for updates on
special events, speakers and much more



Teachers Career Fair | Soldier Field, Cadillac Club |
Friday, August 10, 2007 from 9:30am to 2pm 


Charter School principals and administrators are encouraged to
participate in the upcoming CPS Certified Teacher Career Fair on
August 10, 2007
, and meet highly qualified,
certified teacher candidates to fill their vacancies for the upcoming school


As space is limited, reservations will be processed on a
first come, first served basis.  Registration
for this event will close promptly at
midnight on Friday August,
3, 2007
or when the event is full.


To register and learn more about this Career Fair, please
call Raquel Saucedo at (773) 553-1047, or contact an ONS school coordinator



College Teaching Seminar | Great
Barrington, MA | August 19-22, 2007 


The Institute on
Early College Pedagogy at Bard College-Simon’s Rock offers four-day
residential seminars for school leaders and educators to learn the philosophy
and pedagogical practices that have made Simon’s Rock the pioneer early
college in the
United States.  Seminar
participants’ experience, through observation and participation, a
curriculum and pedagogical model specifically designed for adolescent
learners.  Participants learn how to engage students of 15 and 16 years of
age with college level curriculum regardless of their previous academic
achievements.  The seminar demonstrates how students:


  • Become
         aware of and develop their thinking and learning processes
  • Heighten
         their critical-analytical and creative skills
  • Value
         writing as a tool for exploration and open-ended learning
  • Engage
         in reasoned academic discourse and enjoy the challenges of intellectual


These seminars are
designed to meet the needs of teachers individually, or as part of a school team,
who work with students and with high school-early college programs.  They
are also useful to principals, college administrators working in partnership
with early college high schools, and educators and policy makers interested in
alternative programs for adolescents.


With the generous
support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Fund for the
Improvement of Postsecondary Education, seminars
are available to participants for a non-refundable $50 registration deposit.


To learn more about these
seminars and to register visit or
contact Christine Somerville, Director, Institute on Early College Pedagogy, at
(413) 528-7216. 







of KIPP Ascend Charter School’s First Graduating Class


Founded in 2003, KIPP Ascend Charter School is an open-enrollment, public college prep middle
school (grades 5-8) serving 300 students from the West Side of Chicago. 100%
are African-American or Latino, and 90% qualify for the federal free/reduced
lunch program (an indicator of poverty). With an extended schedule (over 70% more time in class than traditional public
), high expectations, and a relentless focus on results, KIPP
Ascend is proving that the achievement gap can be closed for traditionally
underserved students.


KIPP Ascend is one of over 50 KIPP (Knowledge Is Power
Program) schools serving over 13,000 students nationwide. KIPP’s success
in raising student achievement in low-income neighborhoods has been heralded by
national media outlets such as The Oprah
Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, New York Times,
Washington Post.


What is KIPP Ascend’s track record for success?

Most students enter KIPP Ascend in the 5th grade
performing 2-3 grade levels behind in core academics. Through hard work and
commitment they are able to outperform neighborhood, district, and state test
averages by the end of 7th grade.


This is the first year that KIPP Ascend will have a
graduating class of 8th grade students.


· 100%
of KIPP Ascend’s 8th graders will attend selective, college
preparatory high schools next year.

· 85% of students applying to Catholic Schools were
accepted to their first choice school.

· Over $1,000,000 in scholarships and financial aid
has been awarded.

· 13 students were accepted to 7 of Chicago’s 8
selective public magnet schools.

· 10
students were accepted to
Lincoln Park High School for their IB, Double Honors, and Performing Arts

· 3 students were selected as Daniel Murphy Scholars.

· 5
students were referred to private boarding schools through A Better Chance.



Renewed for Five Year Terms

Congratulations to
the following four schools which received Board approval for a charter renewal:


· The Academy of Communication and Technology Charter School (ACT)

· Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS)

· Chicago Charter School Foundation (Chicago International Charter School, CICS)

· Perspectives Charter School






ONS Staff
Travels to


On Friday, July
20, 2007
, Office of New Schools staff, including Executive
Officer Josh Edelman joined other local advocates in
Springfield to
testify in front of the Illinois Senate Education Committee about the need for
more charters in
This day of testimony capped off a week of hearings by the Education Committee
on a variety of education topics, including a discussion on accountability and
charters.  Josh’s testimony highlighted the high demand for charters in
communities across the city, the success they had on academically and other
measures, and the need for more charters to support the development of more
educational options.  The Office of New Schools will continue to work with
partner organization such as the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and the
Civic Committee on these efforts.



TAC Training Meeting a
Huge Success


TAC members were invited to participate in
an organizing training facilitated by Gerald Taylor of the Industrial Areas
Foundation (IAF) last Wednesday, July 18 and
Thursday July 19, 2007.

35 TAC members attended the dinner and engaged in a
lively conversation about the importance of getting parents and community
members involved in school reform and the new schools movement.

July 19th 31 TAC members and 5 guests (4 from Grand Boulevard Federation and 1 from Bethel
New Life) participated in a powerful organizing workshop focused on:

›     Helping participants conduct an
analysis of their community

›     Preparing participants to
conduct “relational meetings” with community members and

› Inviting community members to
meetings to learn more about and support the creation of new schools in the

workshop was practical and interactive offering participants several
opportunities to get “hands-on” experience using organizing
techniques.  For example, each TAC team generated a list of organizations
in their community listing the names of TAC members who had established
relationships with the organization.  Participants also did some role
playing to give them practice conducting “relational”
meetings.  To prepare for community meetings, a list of guiding questions
was generated that could be used to spark discussions about what community
members want to see in new schools.

To obtain a copy of the minutes from this meeting please
contact Brenda Bell,



Great School Year!


Good luck to all the schools that are starting this
month.  We know it will be the most successful year yet.


The Chicago Public Schools is committed to
leading the nation in education reform and through Renaissance 2010 we will
create opportunities for high quality educational programs for the youth and
families of

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  • In my cynicism I don't see education improvement playing a role. Charters and neighborhood schools are essentially equally successful taken as a whole. But charters are cheaper. When you have two products that are essentially equal, why pay more?

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