Northwestern University and the City of Chicago announced a new program to help Chicago Public School (CPS) students prepare for and gain admittance to selective colleges and universities. The Northwestern Academy is designed to help CPS high school students who are academically talented and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program with supplemental educational opportunities and support services to prepare them for highly selective colleges and universities.

“Northwestern Academy is an example of how an innovative partnership between one of the country’s top universities and CPS can expand access to high-quality education options and open the door to unique learning opportunities and experiences for our students,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.


The Academy will target students who qualified for but are not enrolled in a CPS selective enrollment school and are also enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program, a pool of about 1,250 students. A group of qualified students will be invited to apply, from which 50 CPS 9th-grader finalists will be identified annually.

“Northwestern is deeply committed to supporting Chicago Public School students and providing opportunities for a world-class education that will prepare these students for college and careers,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. “Our involvement with Chicago schools is strong, far-reaching, and growing.”

By increasing engagement between Northwestern and the Chicago community, and contributing to Chicago’s reputation and competitiveness, the new program represents a significant step toward achieving the vision of the
University’s strategic plan

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