Northwestern Settlement’s Rowe Elementary School Celebrates First 8th Grade Graduation
First class of Rowe scholars graduate from Rowe Elementary School
[June 25, 2016 Chicago, IL] Northwestern Settlement’s Rowe Elementary School graduates its first 8th grade class today from Vittum Theater at Northwestern Settlement. Rowe prepares scholars to succeed in and graduate from college by cultivating the desire and expectation to attend college, and delivering an academically rigorous curriculum.
Initially developed in 2008, to provide a grammar school based on intensive research and national best practices, Rowe opened its doors in 2009 as a K-2 elementary charter school. Today Rowe has grown to serve more than 800 scholars in grades K-8. This year marks the first occasion Rowe Elementary has held a graduation – as it sends its 25 eighth grade scholars onto some of the most selective and top performing high schools in Chicago. Graduation took place on Saturday, June 25th at Northwestern Settlement’s Vittum Theater.
Rowe Principal, Tony Sutton said, “This is a special moment for Rowe, and for these scholars. We are incredibly proud of all they have achieved so far, and while we are sad to see them go, I know they are well prepared for success in high school and college. I look forward to seeing the amazing things each of them does with the remarkable future in front of them.”
For the last two years Rowe Elementary has been named a Level 1+ charter school – the highest possible quality rating from the City of Chicago. Graduating scholars and their families have been engaged in the process since stepping foot in Rowe six years ago. Rowe scholars have maintained a 96 percent attendance rate for four consecutive years, while their teachers maintained a 95 percent engagement rate with parents. One hundred percent of eighth grade graduates will be attending high-performing schools – college-prep schools with high quality ratings, graduation rates, and ACT scores. Three scholars will attend selective enrollment high schools. This graduation marks, not an end, but a beginning in a new chapter, as the first Rowe scholars move on to other schools, prepared for college and career success.
About Northwestern Settlement: The Northwestern University Settlement House opened its doors to its neighbors in 1891 in order to provide an opportunity for a better future. The Settlement’s success results from a commitment to treating every person who enters its doors with dignity and respect, while supporting them with transformational programming designed to interrupt the cycle of poverty. The Settlement has adapted its programming throughout the past century in response to changes in the community, economy and society. The Settlement has led the way in innovative programming by offering residential science and environmental education for inner-city youth, launching successful charter schools and adding a theater so children and teens have a forum for expressing their life experiences. The Settlement’s Rowe Elementary School is among the highest performing charter schools in Chicago, and has been rated a 1+ school – the highest in the city for two consecutive academic years. 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. www.northwesternsettlement.org