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Noble Street Golder

Program Description

It is the mission of Golder College Prep to prepare every student so they may graduate from GCP, attend a 4-year university of their choice, and graduate from this university with a degree in an area they are passionate about. With small class sizes, individual student attention, and devoted teachers, GCP students demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, personal growth, and college success. Golder is proud to be a National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) Partner School.

Golder College Prep is a campus of the highly successful Noble Network of Charter schools. In 2011 Golder's junior class ranked Golder 5th out of the total 116 non-selective public high schools in the city of Chicago for their average ACT score. Also in 2011 Golder's students experienced a 5.7-point growth from their Explore tests taken at the beginning of their freshman year to their ACT taken in the spring of their junior year. This means that on average our students made approximately 2 points growth per year academically on EPAS compared to the CPS average of 2 to 3 points of growth over three years. Our goal is for students to be college ready. The greater the point gain, the closer they are to college readiness.

In addition to receiving a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and a guiding discipline policy, GCP students are involved in a diverse range of electives, sports, and student run clubs. Golder students elect to participate in either physical education, which alternates daily with band, choir, or digital art class, or they can choose a JROTC program which meets daily. All GCP students will also take at least two years of Spanish before graduating.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 635
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (15)


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 85%