In the summer of 2014, UChicago Impact, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Academy for Urban School Leadership, and the Lefkofsky Family Foundation teamed up to launch the Success Project, an initiative designed to support certain Chicago Public Schools in preparing more middle grades students for high school. This initiative was designed in response to 2007 research findings from the UChicago Consortium on School Research regarding the importance of an effective transition into 9th grade.
The Success Project provided students with enhanced academic and social supports, and help in identifying “right fit and match” high schools. Together, schools and Success Coordinators implemented the 6to16 High School Success Curriculum and partnered to help improve the number of students “On-Track” in the middle grades by increasing grades and attendance.
The Success Project staff focused on direct support of 10 CPS elementary schools from the summer of 2014 through the spring of 2017. Administrators and teachers were provided with coaching and tools needed to promote student learning, while participating students developed skills necessary to help guide their educational future.
- By the end of the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year, 23% of Success Project students fell into the High Opportunity category—meaning they have a 90% chance of graduating high school. At the start of the project, only 9% of the students were considered High Opportunity.
- Success Project students attending Level 1 and Level 1+ high schools increased from 5% during the 2014-2015 school year to 15% during the 2015-2016 school year.
- Overall, the 10 Success Schools have increased their middle grades On-Track by 10%.
We acknowledge and thank the partners, schools and their staff, and Success Project Coordinators and staff who worked tirelessly on the Success Project:
Cather Elementary School
Chavez Elementary Multicultural Academy
Claremont Academy Elementary School
Fiske Elementary School
Ida B. Wells Preparatory Elementary
Kozminski Elementary Community Academy
Nathan Hale Elementary School
Nicholson Technology Academy
Oscar Depriest Elementary School
Pasteur Elementary School
Westcott Elementary School
Success Project Staff, 2014-17
Brittney Autry, Success Coordinator
James Ballard, Success Coordinator
Nycole Buckner, Success Coordinator
Anne Frazier, Assistant Director
Angelica Fuentes, Manager
Justin Gumiran, Manager
Alexandra LeBlanc, Success Coordinator
James McKinney, Success Coordinator
Grisel Maldonado, Director
Lynn Mathurin, Success Coordinator
Ceily Moore, Project Manager
Michael Rammer, Success Coordinator
Jessica Staff, Success Coordinator
Whitney Taylor, Success Coordinator
Jurl Vinegar, Success Coordinator
Stacy Williams, Success Coordinator
Melissa Wylen, Assistant Manager