Northwestern, CPS Team Up To Provide High-Level Academics For Students

CHICAGO (CBS) — Northwestern University is announcing a new program aimed at getting more graduates of the Chicago Public Schools into the Evanston campus.

NU Targets CPS Students

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

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