Arc Changer Stories: School Culture Matters!

See how SUNY Authorized Charter Schools and ​Forte Preparatory Academy have enhanced school culture and made a significant difference in the lives of the students they serve. Arc Changers series featurette of Forte Preparatory Academy

Arc Changer Stories: Relationships Matter!

See how Grand Valley State University and ​Flint Cultural Center Academy work together to advance education. Watch the Featurette of the Flint Cultural Center Academy

Innovative School Models Series – Wildflower Schools

Learn about Micro-schools.
Wildflower Schools is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. At the core of Wildflower are the purpose, values, norms, and principles that define the approach.

Innovative School Models Series – Distinctive Schools

Success through personalized learning, strong culture, and equity. Distinctive Schools operates high-performing public charter schools in Chicago and Metro-Detroit. Their mission is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

Innovative School Model Series – DC Bilingual

Providing an innovative dual language immersion program.
In this session, we highlighted the DC Bilingual Public Charter School. Founded in 2004, DC Bilingual provides an innovative dual immersion Spanish and English learning program for all students, regardless of their home language. Through their rigorous academic curriculum, comprehensive arts, technology, and athletics programs, and their celebration of diverse cultures, DC Bilingual’s students learn the skills and values they need to become influential participants in their community.

Watch the Innovative School Models session below to learn about DC Bilingual’s holistic family centered approach, their focus on equity, and the implemented programs that have led to successful student outcomes.

Innovative School Model Series – Noble Network of Charter Schools

Committed to Success and Equity for all Students
The Noble Network of Charter Schools team shares their successful to-and-through college model, the thoughtful adjustments they have made through the unprecedented time of COVID-19, and their approach to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of their policies, strategy, and approach.

Noble is a Chicago based system of charter public schools serving 12,500 students across 18 campuses. Noble has been recognized as a national leader in education sending on average 90% of its graduates to college each year.

In 2019, MIT researchers found that students who attended Noble grew more academically than similar peers who attended selective enrollment schools. In the annual CPS school ratings, Noble schools earned 10 of the top 12 spots for all high schools in Chicago including selective enrollment schools. Chicago Magazine named Noble schools as 13 of the top 40 high schools in Chicago and U.S. News and World Report named five Noble campuses in their top 50 schools in the entire state of Illinois.

In recent years, Noble has committed to reexamining its model to ensure students have equitable and positive experiences that prepare them to succeed in college or on other paths of their choice. Using lenses of diversity, equity and inclusion, Noble has adjusted its practices, policies, and strategies in pursuit of that vision and continues to evolve to best serve Chicago students and families.

Innovative School Models Series – Distinctive Schools

Innovative School Models Series – Distinctive Schools

Success through personalized learning, strong culture, and equity. Distinctive Schools operates high-performing public charter schools in Chicago and Metro-Detroit. Their mission is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism. 

Innovative School Model Series – DC Bilingual

Innovative School Model Series – DC Bilingual

Providing an innovative dual language immersion program.
In this session, we highlighted the DC Bilingual Public Charter School. Founded in 2004, DC Bilingual provides an innovative dual immersion Spanish and English learning program for all students, regardless of their home language. Through their rigorous academic curriculum, comprehensive arts, technology, and athletics programs, and their celebration of diverse cultures, DC Bilingual’s students learn the skills and values they need to become influential participants in their community.

Watch the Innovative School Models session below to learn about DC Bilingual’s holistic family centered approach, their focus on equity, and the implemented programs that have led to successful student outcomes.

Innovative School Model Series – Noble Network of Charter Schools

Innovative School Model Series – Noble Network of Charter Schools

Committed to Success and Equity for all Students
The Noble Network of Charter Schools team shares their successful to-and-through college model, the thoughtful adjustments they have made through the unprecedented time of COVID-19, and their approach to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of their policies, strategy, and approach.

Noble is a Chicago based system of charter public schools serving 12,500 students across 18 campuses. Noble has been recognized as a national leader in education sending on average 90% of its graduates to college each year.

In 2019, MIT researchers found that students who attended Noble grew more academically than similar peers who attended selective enrollment schools. In the annual CPS school ratings, Noble schools earned 10 of the top 12 spots for all high schools in Chicago including selective enrollment schools. Chicago Magazine named Noble schools as 13 of the top 40 high schools in Chicago and U.S. News and World Report named five Noble campuses in their top 50 schools in the entire state of Illinois.

In recent years, Noble has committed to reexamining its model to ensure students have equitable and positive experiences that prepare them to succeed in college or on other paths of their choice. Using lenses of diversity, equity and inclusion, Noble has adjusted its practices, policies, and strategies in pursuit of that vision and continues to evolve to best serve Chicago students and families.