Schuler Scholar Program Announces 13th Partnership School with Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

08/29/2018

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, a CPS selective enrollment high school in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, announced today it will partner with the Schuler Scholar Program (schulerprogram.org), a Chicago-area non-profit dedicated to helping first generation, low income, and underrepresented students prepare to gain admission to and succeed at highly selective colleges.

Starting this fall, students at Brooks Academy will find a highly supportive, on-site program ready to help open doors to top private colleges around the U.S., at no cost to the school, participating students or families.

Dedicated classroom and meeting space for the Schuler Scholar Program is now being created inside Brooks Academy, to be ready to welcome interested students on the first day of school on September 4. 

There, students selected for the program will soon engage in a variety of academic, personal and college preparatory programs. The new center will be staffed by a full-time Schuler School Director who is dedicated to ensure Brooks Academy Schuler Scholars receive the support they need.

“Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy is ranked as one of the top ten public schools in Chicago. Ninety-nine percent of their seniors graduate each year. These accomplishments are a testament to the leadership of Principal Shannae Jackson and her team at Brooks Academy,” said 

Jason Patenaude, Executive Director and COO, Schuler Scholar Program. “Clearly, students at Brooks are dedicated high achievers and meet the standards of excellence the Schuler Scholar Program desires to support. We are confident this new partnership will open many doors for students at Brooks Academy and prepare these gifted students for their post-high school academic pursuits for years to come.”

"We are excited about this partnership with Schuler Scholar Program,” responded Principal Jackson. “Schuler will help to provide our students with access to highly selective colleges and additional support to successfully achieve their post-secondary goals."

With today’s announcement, Brooks becomes the fourth Chicago public high school to partner with the Schuler Scholar Program, and the 13th partner school in all of Chicagoland. The program will begin recruitment efforts this fall to select the first Brooks class of the Schuler Scholar Program. In sum, as many as 20 students will be selected by spring 2019.

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy is a selective enrollment public high school located at 250 East 111th Street in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. The school offers a rigorous academic program consisting of Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit course offerings. Brooks Academy also develops students beyond the classroom through seminars, clubs, athletics, community service and international travel. These experiences combined create a holistic experience in which Brooks Academy students learn to thrive. U.S. News and World Report named Brooks a “Top 10 School in Illinois” in 2017. Brooks also has been recognized as the #1 school in CPS for the most student growth on the ACT. For more information, visit brookscollegeprep.org.

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy Students

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy Students

Jack Schuler with Lindblom Math & Science Academy Scholars (2016)

Jack Schuler with Lindblom Math & Science Academy Scholars (2016)

Round Lake High School Scholars celebrate announcing their college choice during Signing Day celebrations on May 1, 2018

Round Lake High School Scholars celebrate announcing their college choice during Signing Day celebrations on May 1, 2018

Junior Schuler Scholars visit Oberlin College during their 2018 college visits.

Junior Schuler Scholars visit Oberlin College during their 2018 college visits.

More Schuler News