AGC is thrilled to announce that we have received a Level 1+ rating from Chicago Public Schools’ School Quality Rating Program! We received the highest possible ratings for our school culture, as measured by the 5Essentials “My Voice My School” assessment, students’ reading growth, and our ability to close the achievement gap for high-risk demographic groups, among other measures.
Our students experienced reading and math growth better than 94% and 76% of US schools, respectively, as measured by the NWEA MAP assessment. The results of our 5Essentials assessment shows that AGC is a well organized to prepare our students for success, including engaging students, families, and staff in organizational leadership.
Flip through these slides to explore some My Voice My School analysis.
The Academy for Global Citizenship was created in 2008 by a group of idealistic young educators who sought to reimagine school based on the needs of the 21st century. AGC was inspired by two critical problems: the inequity in access to high-quality schooling, and the urgent need to prepare engaged citizens who care for the earth, their communities, and themselves. We have worked ever since to challenge what’s possible in public education.
Those of you who have followed AGC’s journey over the last 10 years have heard the story of a 23-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Ippel riding her bicycle to the board of education to demand that they join her in reimagining public education. Her proposal was all but laughed out. Would-be supporters of this movement gently suggested that this was a great model… for a different population. They suggested that she make AGC a private school. Healthy organic food, mindfulness education, and the rigorous International Baccalaureate programme, they suggested, would be a big hit in a wealthy community. These suggestions only served as fuel for the fire, and Sarah Elizabeth was even more convinced of the urgency of bringing this model to a community that needed high-quality public schools. Sarah Elizabeth returned to that board room with increasing determination until our charter was granted.
As we look back on the last 10 years, we are inspired by the growth as much as we are by the steadiness. The role of education is to prepare young people to inherit the world. As the world changes, so must we, and therefore we often say “the only constant is change.” The soul of our school — the mission, vision, values — and the things that make us unique, have been an outstanding constant.
Recently, while cleaning out an old closet, I came across a box of papers from 2007 –flyers and grant proposals written before AGC opened. I was struck by how little has changed. We had not yet hired staff or welcome students, and yet the school that was described is the school where I work every day. Although our staff model, budget, and facilities have changed dramatically, we are still doing the same work that was detailed in that very first proposal. Students participate in daily yoga and mindfuless, eat a healthy organic breakfast, learn about the natural systems of the earth in our school garden, and collaborate on globally relevant issues in their International Baccalaureate units of inquiry.
For AGC, reaching Level 1+ status is evidence of the incredible things that are possible in public education. This is proof that developing mindful global citizens can be a means to, and not a distraction from, excellence in education.
“We have said for years that it is hard to quantify why we feel AGC is such a fantastic place for kids to learn, because the effect doesn’t always show immediately in a standardized score. There are so many factors in making this place special – mindfulness, passion for social justice and taking action, environmentalism, sustainability and asking ever so many questions. Our staff works so hard to meet every student where they are and think about them as a whole person. How do you measure all that? In the immortal words of Trey Thompson, ‘We are not a number!’ However, it is nice when the number you are assigned matches what we all know – AGC is the place to be.” – Internal Memo
To everyone who has contributed to making AGC what it is, thank you.
To everyone else — we want you to join us. Join us in this movement to reimagine education. Support a community that believes the impossible is possible. Come help us transform children into leaders, scholars into innovators, and classrooms into communities.
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