Noble public charter schools secure 10 of the top 12 rankings in the latest CPS SQRP report cards

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released the 2019 school ratings and again Noble schools secured top marks. The 2019 School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) placed Noble public charter high schools in 10 of the top 12 ranking slots, including four of the top five spots. Noble schools are public schools, open to any student in Chicago, they have no testing required for admission, and as with all CPS schools there is no tuition. Additionally, Noble serves diverse learners at higher rates than the district average. 

In the overall rankings, Noble schools outperformed schools that are selective through test-in admissions criteria or which require residency within a certain attendance boundary. 

“We’re incredibly proud of these outstanding results,” said Constance Jones, Noble’s CEO, “Our students, teachers, and families work extremely hard each day, and these scores are a reflection of that collaborative effort.”

SQRP measures several components to arrive at an overall score including attendance, graduation rate, parent and family surveys, growth on the SAT, dropout rates and other factors. 

“While we know SQRP isn’t a perfect measure of everything that goes into a well-rounded college-preparatory education we’re proud of these ratings as yet another indicator of the impressive work of Noble students, their families and our staff,” said Ellen Metz, Head of Schools at Noble. 

Highlights from the latest rankings:
  • Highest college-going rates in the city: When measuring college enrollment rates, 13 of the top 25 schools in Chicago were Noble campuses. More than 86% of those Noble students enrolled in college. 
  • Top SAT cohort growth in Chicago for African-American students: Noble campuses were 10 of the top 13 high schools in the city for composite SAT growth for African-American students. 
  • Top SAT cohort growth in Chicago for Hispanic students: All nine of the top-ranking positions for SAT cohort growth for Hispanic students are Noble schools.
At Golder College Prep in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood 91 percent of graduates matriculated to college. “We take an individualized approach at Noble,” said Vince Gay, principal of Golder, “in partnership with families each senior applies to more than 10 colleges and we work to find the best fit.”

These results come on the heels of a recently published study from highly respected economic researchers at MIT demonstrating that Noble students grow more than similar peers who attend elite, selective-enrollment CPS schools. That study will be discussed on November 21 in a panel conversation with MIT researchers and education experts. To attend the event, please reserve your spot.

This year Chicago Magazine named Noble schools as 13 of the top 40 high schools in the city and the Niche research group named all 17 Noble high schools to their list of the top 30 charter schools in Illinois.

The full SQRP dataset released by CPS is available here

Noble schools are open to all students in Chicago, and to apply to a Noble school visit and use the GoCPS system.

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