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Monday, June 19, 2017
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As part of the City of Chicago’s effort to modernize and strengthen high schools throughout the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools today announced innovative investments in Steinmetz College Preparatory High School, including a partnership with Robert Morris University (RMU) that will bolster postsecondary success and a new state-of-the-art athletic field that will enhance recreational opportunities for Steinmetz students and the entire community. These investments will better prepare Steinmetz students for college success and serve the community for years to come.
“The investments at Steinmetz are crucial in ensuring students and families have access to high quality programs that will increase college and career readiness for our graduates,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This is yet another example of how we can work together to invest in Chicago’s future and provide students with the resources necessary for a brighter future.”
ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP
The partnership between Robert Morris University and Steinmetz College Prep High School was initiated by Mayor Emanuel and began earlier this school year. The partnership provides college credit and higher education experiences for Steinmetz students to ensure that Steinmetz students, their families and students from participating elementary schools have a strong foundation for academic and postsecondary readiness. The partnership provides opportunities to earn college credit though dual credit and dual enrollment courses as well as hands-on college readiness experiences to expose students to college life through campus visits, seminars and mentorship programs.
“RMU has a long relationship with Chicago Public Schools and is committed to providing professional, career-focused education in a collegiate setting to communities across Chicago,” said RMU President Mablene Krueger. “Many of our successful alumni started their college careers at RMU as graduates of Chicago Public Schools, and we are proud to grow this partnership with Steinmetz.”
The RMU-Steinmetz Partnership has involved over 650 junior and senior students in various activities. Over the course of the school year, students also met with RMU alumni, explored athletic and performing arts opportunities and were assisted in the college application process. Partnerships like these stem from Mayor Emanuel’s goal of ensuring that at least half of all students earn college credit by 2019.
“As we work toward a future in which every CPS student has a plan for postsecondary success, CPS is committed to leveraging key partnership that will help us provide students the tools needed to pursue their dreams,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “Through this unique partnership with Robert Morris University, families, educators and the entire school community are coming together to effectively support students as they prepare for a lifetime of success.”
The partnership with RMU provides support that extends throughout the community, including “college awareness days” at Camras, Locke & Lyon Elementary schools that are designed to foster a college-going culture before students reach high school. Parents are also provided education through RMU-led Parent University courses on relevant topics such as college applications, financial aid and goal setting.
“Preparing our students for college should be a community effort, and that’s exactly what the RMU-Steinmetz partnership exemplifies,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “From seminars at elementary schools, to college visits, to ParentU courses on financial aid, this groundbreaking partnership is paving the way for the future. Supportive families and communities lead to better outcomes for our children, and we will continue to find innovative ways to bolster opportunities for our students.”
ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP:
Since the partnership’s launch earlier this school year, more than 650 Steinmetz students have participated in a variety of academic enrichment opportunities, including:
66 students participated in dual enrollment or dual credit courses;
150 juniors and seniors participated in an "on-campus" seminar designed to give students a hands-on understanding of college life;
120 elementary school students from Camras, Locke, Lyon participated in a “College Awareness Day”;
150 Steinmetz parents participated in courses at Parent University;
24 students were awarded scholarships totaling $502,000 to attend RMU; and
9 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to participate in athletics at RMU this fall.
Through the partnership, RMU provides postsecondary supports to Steinmetz students and community members, including:
Technical assistance to Steinmetz to develop rigorous dual credit courses;
Full day academic seminars;
Coaching clinics with Steinmetz student-athletes;
RMU scholarship opportunities;
CPS Parent University seminars led by RMU; and
College awareness events and activities with three elementary schools, Marvin Camras Elementary, Josephine Locke Elementary and Mary Lyon Elementary.
NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FIELD
In addition to Steinmetz’s unique partnership with RMU, Mayor Emanuel and CPS announced today that the school will receive a new state-of-the-art athletic field, which will benefit Steinmetz students and the surrounding community.
The field will replace the school’s existing field and include a football and soccer field made of artificial turf, a running track with a high-performance overlay, and a baseball field. The revamped facility will enable Steinmetz, neighboring schools and community organizations to come together as a community for an enhanced recreational athletic experience.
The field will be installed by summer 2018 and will be funded by proceeds from the Capital Improvement Tax (CIT) at a total estimated cost of $4.5 million. The CIT was approved by the Chicago City Council in 2015, and CIT funds can only be used for capital projects.
The new field at Steinmetz follows the recent opening of the PCC Community Wellness Center at Steinmetz High School. In September 2016, Steinmetz partnered with PCC Community Wellness Center to open its first school-based community health center. The facility provides access to comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services to residents of the Belmont-Cragin, Dunning and Montclare communities as well as Steinmetz high school students.
Chicago Public Schools serves 381,000 students in 652 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.