With access to a dual enrollment program, students from Morgan Park High School (MPHS) will soon be able to accelerate their academic achievement on a college campus.
Together with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara-Byrd-Bennett recently announced a new partnership between MPHS and Saint Xavier University (SXU) – one that will allow high school students to earn college credit while receiving the transitional supports they need to be successful in higher education.
“This partnership with Saint Xavier University will establish another pathway for students to gain early exposure to college and receive dual course credit,” said Mayor Emanuel. “With Chicago Public School students on track to graduate in record numbers, we will continue to increase educational opportunities, providing skills for a successful future.”
During SY 14-15, MPHS will transition to a Wall-to-Wall IB school, providing a rigorous academic model that encourages students to explore new ideas and cultures. Through the dual enrollment program, IB classes at MPHS will count toward college credit at SXU, while the work students do in university courses will count toward their high school graduation.
“We are excited to join Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Morgan Park High School to launch an important and collaborative long-term partnership for Saint Xavier University, preparing for a smooth transition into the college experience,” said SXU President Christine M. Wiseman. “We understand that an educated workforce is necessary to build a healthy economy filled with students prepared for 21st Century jobs, and are happy to join Morgan Park High School in implementing that vision.”
In addition to establishing a dual enrollment program, this partnership will also provide professional development opportunities for MPHS teachers, specifically with regard to the IB Framework. It will also establish a pre-service program to augment the number of highly-qualified IB teachers and increase the percentage of SXU graduates who teach in CPS schools.
“We know that when communities and schools work together to strengthen students’ education, the possibilities for the next generation are endless,” said CEO Byrd-Bennett. “The partnership between Morgan Park High School and Saint Xavier University will further strengthen the IB Programme continuum in this community, serving as a model for future collaborations citywide.”