The Noble Way - June 2012

Feature Story:

"By closing the aspiration gap, you can close the achievement gap" says Mayor Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel had nothing but glowing praise and encouragement for the graduates of Noble's Golder College Prep on June 10th when he delivered the graduation address. The Mayor joined the Golder family and Noble's Superintendent and CEO Michael Milkie in expressing his congratulations to students. As he highlighted the upward trend in graduation and college enrollment rates for Chicago schools, Noble's consistent results set us apart as a model that is leading the way in providing a high quality high school education. "Golder [College Prep] and the Noble model show that college can become an expectation, not an exception. By closing the aspiration gap, you can close the achievement gap." said the Mayor.

"You are showing the City that when teachers are dedicated, parents are engaged and a principal is accountable – and all of them put students first – there is no limit to what our students can achieve." Mayor Emanuel expressed how the hard work of many students, parents, teachers and leaders allows Noble students to achieve greatness. He reinforced this point by highlighting some of the accomplishments of graduates of Golder College Prep’s Class of 2012, including Maria, a first generation American and college student who will attend Northwestern University on a full scholarship this fall. On behalf the Noble teachers and staff, we echo Mayor Emanuel in congratulating all Noble graduates on their success!

Student Feature: Meet Raquel

As she walked across the stage on June 9th to accept her diploma, Raquel became a member of UIC College Prep's first class of graduates. She set high expectations for her younger siblings as the first in her family to attend college and the Class of 2012 salutatorian. Raquel will be attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut this fall on a full scholarship. She plans to study biology and anthropology on her path to becoming a doctor.

As a freshman, Raquel planned to attend a college in Chicago because she was only familiar with one Chicago college. Her goal changed as she began developing confidence in her abilities and taking advantage of the many opportunities available to her through UIC College Prep. Through college trips with UIC College Prep to the Ivy League schools, a visit to Yale to see her cousin Evelyn (a Class of 2011 Noble Street graduate) and a Summer of a Lifetime experience at the University of Arizona, Raquel realized that many more schools were within her reach.  "I was always a pretty self-disciplined student," she says, "but the great study habits I developed at UIC and the confidence I gained as my teachers recognized my hard work really helped me achieve my goals." 

500 Sophomores Participate in Summer of a Lifetime College Programs

On May 23rd, parents and students gathered to officially send off 500 students to Summer of a Lifetime programs. Noble students will attend academic enrichment programs this summer at more than 60 colleges and universities including Brown, Cornell, Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown. By increasing the number of participants to 500, Right Angle will send close to 30% of Noble's sophomore class to Summer of a Lifetime college programs this year. This is a new record high for the 16-year-old program. For the first time in Right Angle's history, all 10 Noble campuses have students participating in Summer of a Lifetime. For many of these students, it will be their first experience away from home and one that furthers their college aspirations. "I've always dreamt of college and what it would be like. Right Angle is giving me the chance to explore my options and have a college experience beforehand" said Brenda, a Chicago Bulls College Prep student attending the University of Arizona this summer. Students began leaving for their programs in mid-June after school let out for the summer and some will live on campuses for more than 6 weeks.

2012 Graduates Set New Records

This June more than 800 seniors graduated from seven Noble campuses. These recent graduates have a bright future with many awarded full-tuition scholarships to colleges and universities across the nation, including Yale, Dartmouth, Howard University, Northwestern University and Notre Dame. The Class of 2012 achieved 100% college acceptance and 82% are enrolled at four-year colleges for the fall. Read more student profiles to learn about our graduates, including Marquise who overcame homelessness to become the valedictorian of Gary Comer College Prep's first graduating class.

As these graduates matriculate to college in the fall, Noble's alumni network will grow to include more than 2,200 graduates. Althougth numbers are still coming in, our recent graduates were awarded more than $113 million in scholarships, which more than doubles the awards recieved by our 2011 graduates. More than 80% of graduates are first generation college students. 

Rowe-Clark Students Explore Archaeology Through Dig in Israel

On July 11th five Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy seniors will travel to Israel to participate in a month-long archaeological dig hosted by the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. Students were selected through a rigorous application process to be a part of University of Chicago Dr. York Rowen's dig team in search of artifacts that predate written history. Students will work on the dig site six days a week in the mornings and collect and analyze data in the afternoons in addition to completing summer AP assignments and writing college essays. Their month-long experience will culminate with trip to Jerusalem. Learn more.

The students will be accompanied by Rowe-Clark's Dean of Instruction and will stay on a college campus. To prepare for the trip, students attended four workshops this spring at the Oriental Institute. This trip is to be first of many as the campus works to establish an annual partnership with the Oriental Institute that will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to students in effort to encourage their passions and education through exploration.