Parents from Northwestern Settlement’s Rowe Elementary School meet with Governor Rauner


Chicago, IL (March 9, 2016) – Parents of scholars at Northwestern Settlement’s (the Settlement) Rowe Elementary School met with Gov. Rauner today to discuss the impact school choice and high quality education has made on their children and hundreds like them.

As one of the highest performing open enrollment elementary schools in Chicago, Rowe parents understand the potential charter schools offer in providing high quality education that prepares students for selective-enrollment high schools, and a college education.

Michelle Carter, parent of a fourth grade scholar said, “Rowe Elementary has seen great success and experienced huge growth since its opening in 2009, and we want to make sure the school and its scholars continue down that path. We appreciate Gov. Rauner taking the time to meet with us, and hear about the impact Rowe has had on the lives of our children and so many of their classmates.”

The success Rowe has seen also means a great deal of growth. The Settlement is currently working to grow the middle school, and provide additional space for expanded afterschool and early childhood education programs. This would allow the settlement to expand Rowe Elementary to meet overwhelming demand for high quality education and wrap-around services that benefit the entire family.

Northwestern Settlement President Ron Manderschied said, “Rowe has earned a Level 1+ rating – the highest possible in Chicago. Every child is entitled to that kind of quality education, and we are moving to meet the demand, and continue the success our scholars have already seen.”

Rowe is positioned well to assist not just in supplying a child with a high quality education, but also offering comprehensive wrap-around services that ensure children are set up for success, by taking care of the entire family.

Rowe scholars have been successful at school while facing the myriad of challenges generational poverty creates in their daily lives. While more than 80 percent of Rowe scholars receive free or reduced lunch service, 96 percent of Rowe 8th graders are eligible for selective-enrollment high schools.

Due to budget cuts within Chicago Public Schools, Rowe Elementary has a budget shortfall for the current school year of more than $100,000.

Contact Information:
Maggie Arden


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’s Rowe Elementary School, one of the highest performing in Chicago, prepares students to succeed in and graduate from college by cultivating the desire and expectation to go to college and delivering an academically rigorous curriculum infused with unique social and emotional programming.