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College-Graduation Culture

The mission of of the University of Chicago Charter School is to prepare 100% of students for college acceptance and graduation through a PreK to 12 superhighway that cultivates critical thinkers and leaders. Students are academically prepared for the rigor and demands of college life through challenging coursework and intensive research during their time in middle school and high school. With a college-readiness curriculum including college-visits to campuses around the country, UChicago Charter is dedicated to our students' successful acceptance to and graduation from college.

6to16 College Readiness Curriculum

A college education is increasingly becoming the norm of educational attainment — and yet the vast majority of urban public schools in the United States still fail to provide students with the academic preparation and social support necessary for high school and college success. Given the level of knowledge and skills needed to participate fully in our economy and democracy, it is a national imperative to ensure that all students are college ready and college successful.

6to16 consists of a college-readiness curriculum, a set of online learning experiences, and a web-based social network that give students the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and support to successfully complete high school and college. 6to16 begins in the sixth grade and provides students the support to continue through middle school, high school, and the four years of college (16th grade).

Students utilize each other's strengths to improve and educate themselves. 6to16 activities—such as mock interview sessions where students ask each other about their goals and strengths—help students develop the professional and interpersonal skills they need to be successful in high school and in college. 6to16 teachers stress fit, match, and affordability as target college goals for students.

The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) developed 6to16 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 6to16 was piloted with over 400 students in four Chicago public schools in 2009 and served over 1,300 students during the 2009—10 school year. Through partnerships with KIPP, the Woodlawn Children's Promise Zone, and the University of Chicago Charter School campuses, 6to16 will serve over 3,000 students in the 2010—11 school year. The program has helped the UChicago Charter Woodlawn Campus achieve 100% college acceptances two years in a row.

College Week

Exposure is one of the basic barriers to college—many urban students of color and first generation students never step foot on a college campus. College Week gives University of Chicago Charter School students many opportunities to experience first-hand the campuses of colleges and universities across the country and to directly interact with admissions counselors and current students. UChicago Charter Woodlawn high school students have visited colleges in Illinois and on both coasts, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, small liberal arts colleges, and prestigious universities. Seeing and experiencing is integral to fueling students' passion to continue to rise to excellence for high school graduation and beyond.

The UChicago Charter Woodlawn Campus held its first annual College Week Kickoff event in 2012. Watch the video to learn more about how College Week builds the UChicago Charter's college-graduation culture:

  • January 2018
    • FriJan26 End of 1st Semester All Campuses
  • February 2018
    • ThuFeb15 UChicago Charter Governing Board Meeting 5:00 PM to 7:00 PMRichman Conference Room, Chapin Hall 1313 E 60th St.
    • MonFeb19 No School: President's Day Holiday
  • March 2018
    • MonMar26 No School: Spring Intersession
    • TueMar27 No School: Spring Intersession
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