UChicago is a champion for quality PreK-12 education for students throughout Chicago, and our educational outreach programs help to put youth on the path to successful, productive adult lives.
UChicago extends its core educational mission through our deep commitment to Chicago students, from pre-kindergarten through high school. We offer a range of programs designed to provide our city’s youth with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college and beyond.
We provide mentoring, tutoring, and other academic support to help Chicago Public Schools students thrive in high school and prepare for college. We also operate a top-tier neighborhood charter school with three South Side campuses, and we work with educators to improve school quality and achieve better outcomes for students throughout the Chicago Public Schools system.
In addition, our civic leadership programs and community collaborations offer UChicago scholars and students deeper insights into urban issues while helping to build new generations of thoughtful, well-prepared community leaders.
Chicago Sun-Times: Student who aced AP Spanish test surprised with full ride to UChicago
Arturo Ballesteros, a senior at Back of the Yards College Prep, recently found out that he was admitted to the University of Chicago's College. The son of immigrants from Mexico, and the first in his family to attend college, Ballesteros plans to teach at a high school similar to his own and work with students of color form low-income families. For nearly the duration of high school, Ballestero was part of UChicago's Collegiate Scholars Program, and will now have the opportunity to attend the institution on a full-ride scholarship.
Surprise ceremony welcomes student into University of Chicago's incoming class
Chicago high school student Arturo Ballesteros, a member of the Collegiate Scholars Program, recently learned of his acceptance into the University of Chicago at a surprise ceremony at Back of the Yards College Prep, where his parents and teachers were present to celebrate with him.
Milgrom Education Impact Fellowship
As a Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) teacher’s aide at Murray Language Academy in Hyde Park, Stephanie Wallen, AB’21, has grown to love teaching in an urban public school. And thanks to an NSP fellowship, she’s also had the chance to envision herself in other roles that drive educational change.