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Why Now?

Contrary to popular rhetoric, Chicago’s students are making impressive academic gains. In 2017, Chicago Public Schools announced a record-high graduation rate, with more than 77 percent of Chicago’s students graduating within five years of starting high school – a four percentage point gain from 2016.

At the same time our students are achieving unprecedented gains, Chicago is closing the achievement gap. According to researchers at Stanford University, the typical third-grader in Chicago and Baltimore is almost a full grade-level behind in math. In Chicago, that gap nearly closes by eighth grade.

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Invest in Chicago's Principals

Principals have an out-sized impact on their schools and communities. Any amount can make a difference.

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We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 360,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on the schools that most need support.

Celebrate School Leaders

This October, school communities, city officials and corporate leaders will join together to lift up the great work of principals and their APs.