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One Goal Chicago

Program Description

Our Mission & Vision

Nationally, only eight percent of ninth graders in low-income communities are expected to graduate from college by age 25. These numbers stand in stark contrast to rates for students in America who grow up in the top income quartile: 82 percent of these ninth graders are expected to graduate from college. OneGoal is a rapidly expanding movement dedicated to systemically changing this reality in Chicago, Houston and beyond. As the nation's only teacher-led college persistence organization, we identify, train and support our nation's most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college.

OneGoal Leadership Principles

There are five leadership principles that guide our work in classrooms. These leadership principles include ambition, integrity, professionalism, resilience and resourcefulness.

OneGoal Core Values

There are five core values that guide our work as a team. We are mission-driven and disciplined in thought and action. We also operate in relentless pursuit of excellence, with an eye on collective responsibility and sustainable success. Please review our Core Values to learn more.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 4200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Arrupe College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Elmhurst University
  • Illinois State University
  • National Louis University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Quincy University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Western Illinois University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 88%