Rowe Clark Math & Science Academy

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Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for college graduation and purposeful citizenship by exhibiting ambitious scholarship, self-discipline, honorable character, and a fit lifestyle.

School History

We opened our doors on August 20, 2007 to our first Freshman class.   Today, we have 580 students grades 9th through 12th.  In 2011, 100% of our first graduating seniors were accepted into different colleges.

Rowe-Clark was named for the generosity of John and Jeanne Rowe and Frank and Vera Clark along with the gracious support of Exelon. Their commitment to high quality education is astounding. The Rowes and Clarks are actively involved at Rowe-Clark, often attending school wide activities, sporting events, and student led town hall performances and class discussions.

Each year, more than half of the sophomore class studies in summer programs at the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, Stanford, and many more. Rowe-Clark graduates are attending schools from the University of Illinois, UIC, Pomona, Carleton, and many more. And, most importantly, every day 580 hard working students walk through the doors of Rowe-Clark ready to do the work necessary to make their dreams, and their families’ dreams for them, come true.

Our students engage in a rigorous, four-year college preparatory curriculum preparing them for college success.  Every Rowe-Clark student takes the equivalent of eight years of Math, six years of English, four years of lab sciences, and four years of social sciences.  We also proudly offer intensive instruction in a foreign language, AP courses, physical education, and a host of electives to enhance our student’s educational experience.  Our main goal is to prepare all students to graduate from the college of their choice through a laser focus on academic excellence and a whole lot of hard work.

Meet Our Principal

Brenda Cora

Brenda Cora

Principal, Rowe Clark Math & Science Academy

Brenda Cora, a Chicago Native, began her Noble career as a student and a part of Noble Street’s Class of 2003 where she graduated at the top of her class. Like many of our Noble scholars, Ms. Cora made the decision to go on to college after high school, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies at Grinnell College. After receiving her degree, Ms. Cora began her professional career at Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy as the Dean of Students, where she spent time collaborating and leading staff to help students promote and move onto college like she herself had done. She spent six years at Rowe-Clark in this position before she took over as our Principal in the 2013-2014 school year. As someone who grew up on the West Side of Chicago, attended a Noble school, and was the first in her family to attend college, it’s been rewarding for her to be able to serve as a role model to students and show them that, no matter what challenges they face, success does follow hard work and persistence. Ms. Cora is excited to provide a safe and focused learning environment for her students at Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy in the years to come.

Expectations of Students

Rowe-Clark is committed to providing the highest levels of academic achievement and placement in colleges. In order for this to happen, attendance at Rowe-Clark requires that students conduct themselves in a manner that will assure success throughout life. This means students are expected to:

  • Attend and arrive on time every day with all required materials.
  • Follow school and classroom rules.
  • Work diligently and do homework nightly.
  • Do not hesitate to ask questions.
  • Accept responsibility for their behavior.

These guidelines provide the framework for a well-rounded person who will not only excel academically but develop critical interpersonal skills. Additionally, a well-rounded student should embrace the arts, physical fitness, and other joys of the creative human experience.