K-12 and College Readiness

The University of Chicago’s work to improve K-12 education has had significant, lasting impact, both within our community and across the nation.

Improving city schooling

Leading the University’s efforts on K-12 schools is the Urban Education Institute, which is dedicated to improving education for children growing up in urban America. UEI runs the four campuses of the University of Chicago Charter School—offering a pathway to college while serving as a model of effective education. UEI also conducts research, supports teachers, and shares best practices with educators nationwide.

Consortium on Chicago School Research

The University’s Consortium on Chicago School Research is nationally recognized for work that has informed public policy and changed educational practice. The Consortium, an arm of the Urban Education Institute, boasts the largest data collection of any urban public school system, and its unique collaboration with the Chicago Public Schools has become a model for districts nationwide.

UChicago Impact

Taking the University¹s work in K-12 education to the national stage, UChicago Impact provides the Urban Education Institute¹s research-based tools and services to schools and school systems across the country. In its first year of operation, UChicago Impact has exported its tools to 33 cities and 19 states, supporting schools on literacy assessment, college readiness and organizing for improvement.

Urban Teacher Education Program

The Urban Teacher Education Program, another department of the Urban Education Institute, prepares teachers to succeed in urban classrooms. UChicago UTEP trains and supports teachers through professional development courses, training in specific area studies, and more.

Neighborhood Schools Program

The Neighborhood Schools Program supports schoolchildren and their teachers in local elementary and high schools by providing the opportunity for University of Chicago students to assist in classrooms, community centers, and governmental offices. Working at over 50 program sites, University NSP students provide individual and group tutoring, assist in classroom instruction, and support community development.

Preparing students for college

The University runs several programs that help Chicago Public Schools students prepare for college and succeed once they’re enrolled.

Collegiate Scholars Program

The three-year Collegiate Scholars Program offers college-level classes and enrichment seminars free of charge to high-achieving students in Chicago public high schools. The Office of Special Programs/College Prep provides educational enrichment and college-prep classes for South Side students in grades 6 through 12. And the Chicago Public Schools College Bridge Program provides for-credit courses to high-achieving Chicago public school juniors and seniors at no cost.

For more information about the University’s efforts to improve K-12 education and prepare students for college, see our Community Programs Directory.