For Immediate Release

(Chicago, IL – September 6, 2016) Northwestern Settlement’s Rowe Elementary School opens the new school year today, welcoming over 1000 scholars to their elementary and middle school, marking the start of its eighth school year.

Founded in 2009 as a college-prep public charter school, the first class of eighth graders graduated in June, leaving high marks to meet for those who follow. Faculty and staff welcome 174 new scholars this year.

“Each new school year is special, and we are always happy to see familiar faces excited for a new year. New scholars find much more than a school when they walk through the door, and that is what makes Rowe Elementary so special,” said Northwestern Settlement President, Ron Manderschied.

All Rowe scholars receive the integrated programming provided by Northwestern Settlement, with special support from Adventure Stage Chicago, AmeriCorps Project YES!, and House In The Wood Camp. These programs offer unique opportunities that extend learning beyond the classroom walls and the school day.

Rowe Elementary is among the highest performing charter schools in Chicago, and for the last two years has been ranked a Level 1+ school, the highest school quality rating in the city. One hundred percent of last year’s eighth grade scholars were accepted to high-performing college-prep high schools.

About Northwestern Settlement and Rowe Elementary School:
Northwestern Settlement has nurtured, educated, and inspired children and families in need in Chicago for 125 years. Focused on changing lives through education, social services, and the arts, the Settlement’s programs are fully integrated to meet the complex needs of our neighbors.  As a college-prep charter school, Rowe’s mission is to prepare all of its graduates for college acceptance and success. Rowe scholars receive the integrated programming the Settlement provides, including support from Adventure Stage Chicago and House In The Wood.

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