In the fall of 2011, a group of people passionate about increasing educational options for the students in Chicago came together and explored the idea of starting a school. After months of meeting, discussing ideas and designing a school model, the Chicago Collegiate team submitted an application to the Chicago Public Schools on August 13, 2012 to become a charter school on the far south side of Chicago.
On December 19, 2012 the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education approved our application. After a busy few months, we opened our doors on August 19, 2013 to the Pride of 2022 (our fourth grade) and the Pride of 2021 (our fifth grade).
During our first year, we saw our students make tremendous academic growth, leaping multiple grade levels in reading and gaining a solid foundation in math, as well as starting many school traditions like Parent Pride Night, college visits twice a year for every student, our end of year overnight trips that prepare students for college and develop a strong sense of Pride.
After our second year, we were rated a Level 1+ school, Chicago Public Schools' highest possible rating. Our students ranked in the 99th percentile for growth in reading nationally and in the 98th percentile for growth in math nationally. In Chicago, we had the highest growth of any K-8 charter school in math and the second highest growth in reading of any K-8 charter. Our third year of operation continued that record of success.
In our fourth year of operation we took on a personalized learning initiative with our 7th and 8th graders, had our first year of 8th grade and launched the second FLL Robotics team in Chicago--and the first on the South Side!
In the fall of 2017 we welcomed our first set of 9th graders, opening a new high school that expanded a grade each year through the fall of 2020. In the fall of 2019 we moved our High School to a separate campus, our forever High School home at 10909 South Cottage Grove. In the fall of 2020, we welcomed our first ever class of 12th graders. We will graduate our first high school class and send them to college in 2021!
We have much excitement in the years ahead as we grow closer to achieving our mission, and we're looking forward to what the future holds.