Opening the doors to learning

John Dewey, an early UChicago professor and school reform pioneer, once said that education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. At the University of Chicago, we’re committed to opening the doors to learning for every resident in our community—from Chicago Public Schools students to retirees.

Improving schools

At the heart of our work in education is a strong focus on improving K-12 schools in our communities and across the nation. For example, the University of Chicago Charter School’s four campuses offer a pathway to college for local school children while serving as a national model for deploying educational research in the classroom, and other University programs promote the arts, prepare teens for college, provide technical support, and much more.

Enriching the classroom experience

The University offers a wide array of tutoring and enrichment programs in local schools and beyond. Many of these programs focus on science and technology, while others use arts as a springboard to academic success. Still others work one-on-one with students who are struggling in school.

Support for teachers

Good schools rely on great teachers, and the University of Chicago offers a number of programs that help teachers do their best. The Urban Teacher Education Program prepares teachers to succeed in urban classrooms. Other programs support teachers through professional development courses, training in specific area studies, and more.

Lifelong learning

Learning never ends at the University of Chicago. Whether you’re interested in literature, political science, business, film studies, or something altogether different, we have a continuing education opportunity for you.