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Northwestern Academy

Program Description

Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools is a four-year program designed to prepare Chicago Public Schools high school students for highly selective colleges and universities through supplemental educational opportunities and support services. Academic year and summer learning experiences, tutoring in academic skills, leadership development, self-regulatory learning, comprehensive academic and college counseling, and family workshops are provided through the four-year program.

The Academy is intended to serve Chicago public high school students in low-income households who do not attend one of the Chicago Public Schools selective enrollment schools.


Our Goal is to increase access and successful matriculation of underrepresented and talented Chicago public high school students to top-tier colleges and universities by providing college preparation programming, academic support and enrichment and self-regulatory learning, and by nurturing aspirations.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 25% and 50%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Colby College
  • Colorado College
  • Cornell University
  • Denison University
  • DePauw University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Northwestern University
  • Occidental College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Rice University
  • St Olaf College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Trinity College
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Richmond
  • Yale University