Narrowing the achievement gap in a district where, in 2015, only 11% of the students met or exceeded grade level expectations as measured by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and only 7% of high school juniors scored high enough on the ACT to be considered “college ready” is not an easy assignment.

However, from the perspective of all stakeholders, the North Chicago Community Partners community school model is making a positive difference in North Chicago by supporting student achievement, strengthening school climate, delivering valuable enrichment and engagement opportunities for students and families, addressing the unmet needs of the whole child, and uniting communities. We are also seeing positive gains across many long-term indicators.