School History & Mission


ITW David Speer Academy is the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) high school in the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Our mission is to prepare historically underrepresented groups for the rigor of college and expose them to all the career possibilities in the fields of STEM.


We are Noble’s first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) campus among its network of 18 campuses. We opened our doors in 2014 to 300 students in the City of Chicago. Speer Academy is focused on preparing students to graduate college with STEM degrees to meet our work force’s demands.

Students are exposed to rigorous college preparatory classes, participate in college courses on a college campus, have access to a state-of-the-art educational and athletic facilities, and more. Our students will have the opportunity to participate in a STEM internship during their senior year with Fortune 500 companies.


“It’s the values you display in your life that will inspire others to follow”
David Speer

An insightful leader, inspiring mentor, and friend to many, David B. Speer touched countless lives. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ITW, David successfully orchestrated ITW’s continued growth and expansion throughout the world. In addition to his strong management skills, David was equally respected and admired as a champion of public education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in particular. The ITW – David Speer Academy serves to honor his legacy and build better futures for its students.

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