CHICAGO (CBS) — Northwestern University is announcing a new program aimed at getting more graduates of the Chicago Public Schools into the Evanston campus.
The university plans to target up to 200 Chicago Public School students from low-income households who don’t attend one of the city’s selective enrollment high schools.
The goal of the four-year Northwestern Academy is to better prepare them for Northwestern or other top colleges by providing year-round classes, tutoring, college counseling, and other services during high school.
The $5,000-$6,000 tuition will be paid for with donations.
CPS is currently recruiting the first class of 50 freshmen.
“We are grateful to Northwestern University for leveraging its world-class academic resources to expose our students to rigorous learning opportunities that will prepare them for success inside and outside of the classroom,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.
“Northwestern Academy is an example of how an innovative partnership between one of the country’s top universities and CPS can expand access to high-quality education options and open the door to unique learning opportunities and experiences for our students