Claudia Molina was born and raised in Chicago. Ms. Molina is the parent of two Muchin College Prep students. Her daughter is a junior and her son is a sophomore. A large number of Ms. Molina’s family members and friends attend other Noble campuses.
How did you learn about Noble Network? Why did you choose to send your child to a Noble school?
Ms. Molina: My nephew originally went to Muchin, he is a 2015 alum and told my daughter about it. He explained they have a strong code of conduct and expectations but the rewards are worth it. He told her of all the trips to schools and summer of a lifetime. She was so excited to go she submitted her application for the lottery and was accepted.
How has Noble impacted your family’s life?
Ms. Molina: Muchin has helped my daughter grow and brought her out of her shell. Especially after she went to Spain this summer. It really forced her to make her own choices and be responsible. Noble does that. It teaches students that they are young adults and they are treated that way so they rise up to the occasion. They have high expectations and my daughter is noticeably changed for the better. For my son it has opened many opportunities. He learned about the Ewing-Jones Scholarship to attend the Leadership Academy at the W.E.B DuBois Scholars Institute that is hosted at Princeton University. He applied, prepared an essay, obtained letters of recommendations and interviewed. He was one of the finalists. Although he did not win the scholarship this experience helped him get a sample of what he will need to do for future opportunities.
Why do you continue to be an advocate for Noble schools?
Ms. Molina: I continue to be an advocate for Noble schools because I really feel Noble as a whole works toward the greater good of our children. I have experienced other public schools and parochial schools, Muchin and Noble make our scholars work. They challenge them but they also provided them tools they need to succeed and they make them participate. Noble scholars not only focus on being the best scholar they can be but also the best person they can be. They are asked to do community service as a part of the expectations. My daughter appreciates what she has and wants to help others. I attended Lobby Day with my daughter last year to show the congressman we, as parents, want this choice for our children. I think that more scholars should go every year. I believe the message is easier to show them if the message comes from their voices. It was amazing to see my daughter speak with her elected official and talk about how we need fairer facility funding. She talked about her school and how they don’t have a gym. I was so proud of her and so amazed that she was so engaged in the conversation with him. Muchin worked with her to bring out that in her and seeing her advocate for herself made me proud.
What advice do you have for current or future Noble parents?
Ms. Molina: Stay involved. It is so important that both you and the school are on the same page because it helps to hold the student accountable and help them to meet the high expectations! Don’t just sign the policies and newsletters, actually read them. They are full of very important information and deadlines. Stay engaged, show them (scholars) that we practice what we preach, volunteer, attend meetings. Always advocate for your scholar.