What an incredible school year this has been. I have immense gratitude for all of the work each of you did to get us to this point. Every role, every team, and every person was met with extreme challenges and rose to the occasion time and time again. Never in Noble’s history have we been met with such challenges and I’d argue that never in Noble’s history have our teachers and staff stepped up and leaned into our mission more than we have this year.
And even outside of our schools, our country is seeing historical times. With so many things in flux all around us, I hope you can find some comfort in the good news, too. Despite the challenges of the year, Noble’s commitment to preparing our students for college success and graduation is unwavering. This year, our seniors have received nearly 16,000 acceptances to 630 colleges, including over $460 million in scholarships. Thirty-eight of our undocumented students will be receiving the Dream.US Scholarship to cover the full costs of college at partner colleges. You can read more about our support for undocumented students here. Through the support of Hope Chicago, every student at Johnson College Prep will go to college debt-free, as seen on 60 minutes. This is truly groundbreaking news and a demonstration of our commitment to equity and anti-racism.
This year, we launched our first-ever Family Experience Survey, to better understand what has worked, what needs improvement, and what issues matter most to families in our schools. We heard from over 4,000 families, with the data we received serving as an instrumental piece in the changes to our handbook. For the first time, we’ve added Juneteenth as a holiday to our calendar to honor and celebrate the abolishment of slavery in this country. We welcomed four new teachers into our Distinguished Teachers Program, joining the 14 teachers named in December 2020 in the second Distinguished Teachers cohort. We saw history made as Butler College Prep’s Camille Jackson was the first Noble athlete to receive an athletic scholarship to a Big Ten Conference school – and we can’t wait to see her play on the women’s basketball team at the University of Illinois next season.
In a year with so many challenges, I am grateful for our Noble community. I want to thank our teachers, administrators, staff, students, and families. We made it through this year, together. None of this is possible without you and your support and dedication to our mission. I am grateful for your partnership.
Have an amazing summer Noble family. Be safe, have fun, and see you in August.