Collegiate Chronicle Special Edition: Governor's Visit

Special Edition
September 2017
Governor Rauner Visits Chicago Collegiate
On Monday, September 25, Chicago Collegiate scholars had the opportunity to share our school with Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner. The visit began with students Maliyah and Taylor greeting the governor and his staff. As you can imagine, they were a little nervous (especially with all the media crews), but they did an outstanding job. 

After moving inside, Governor Rauner met with Chicago Collegiate supporters, parents, and community members (including Reverend Meeks, Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education, pictured below).

Our student ambassadors then escored the governor and others to 4th and 5th grade classrooms. He was able to witness our excellent teachers and scholars at work, while also engaging with Beth Carrera Napleton, Executive Director.

He next discussed our 8th and 9th grades' Chromebook-based, personalized learning model with current students.

Governor Rauner capped his visit greeting students and speaking to our 8th and 9th graders. He praised Chicago Collegiate for its “strong culture of work and focus," and voiced his support for charter schools like ours.

Our scholars did a wonderful job welcoming the governor and showing him what it means to be a student here at Chicago Collegiate. We couldn't be more proud. 

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The mission of Chicago Collegiate Charter School is to equip ALL students in grades four through twelve with the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits to succeed in college, strengthen their communities and change the world. 

Chicago Collegiate Joins Cohort to Reimagine K-12 Learning

Funding and management assistance from NewSchools Venture Fund will fuel efforts to launch new, innovative school models

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL, 5/3/17 – Chicago Collegiate Charter School is proud to announce its selection as a member of the 2017 Invent cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund.  

Chicago Collegiate Charter School is one of 29 organizations in the 2017 investment group. Each cohort member is committed to launch a new, innovative school or instructional model designed to meet all students where they are, help them succeed, and inspire them to create a brighter future for us all. In addition to the funding, NewSchools will provide management assistance and create a community of practice for the cohort members.  

Chicago Collegiate is excited to launch a primary grades component of their model, starting in the fall of 2018 with kindergarten. As a Level 1+ school in Roseland that has a waiting list in four of the five grades they serve, the families and community members of Chicago Collegiate have long been eager to have the school serve younger students.

The mission of Chicago Collegiate is to prepare all students for graduation from the college of their choice, and the New Schools Innovate Grant will help them explore ways to enhance their instructional model so that all students, from kindergarten on up, are set up for college success.

“Our mission to ensure 100% of our students graduating from the college of their choice—and we know that college success is not just dependent on academics, but on your ability to manage your time, be independent, know your own learning style and set your own goals. We are thrilled to work with New Schools Venture Fund to ensure we have an innovative and personalized model that pushes every student in our building to their maximum potential, thereby ensuring the potential of the students of Roseland is unleashed,” said Beth Carrera Napleton, Founder and Executive Director.

“Too many of today’s schools were built for a different time and purpose,” said Scott Benson, Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. “We believe schools can be reimagined to better prepare young people for the future. That’s why NewSchools Invent is proud to invest in these teams of educators who are thinking boldly and creating new opportunities to set students up for success, regardless of where they’re from.”

About Chicago Collegiate

Chicago Collegiate was founded in 2013. Currently serving grades 4-8, eventually growing to serve grades 4-12, Chicago Collegiate serves the far South Side community of Roseland, and according to an analysis using data from New Schools for Chicago, it is the only school in a 3 mile radius to offer high quality seats. Learn more at

About NewSchools

NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that finds, funds and supports promising and innovative education entrepreneurs, teams of educators and education leaders. We help them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve. We are committed to helping students graduate high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine K–12 education.