What we do

New Schools for Chicago (NSC) seeks to dramatically impact student achievement by ensuring that every family and child has access to a high-quality school. We work to addresses the three areas that will transform Chicago into a world leader in education. We empower parents to identify, navigate, and demand quality public school options for their kids. With parents help, we shape education policy to better support their families. And we improve middle performing schools, creating better opportunities for kids across the district.


GIVE PARENTS THE MIC

No one knows a child better than the people who look after them every day. Make those people an integral part of the conversation—not an afterthought. We provide parents with information and tools to navigate and to demand high-quality schools for their kids. Kids First Chicago anchors this strategy.

SHAPE POLICIES THAT PUT KIDS FIRST

When structures get in the way of high-quality education, we use parent feedback to change those systems. We focus on “kids-first” policies that support fair access to educational opportunities, fairer funding, and transparent school quality information.

MOVE THE MOVABLE MIDDLE

100,000 kids are enrolled in “ok” schools, that are just a step away from becoming great schools. We support innovative leaders whose schools are mid-performers but are poised to improve—and create better opportunities for kids in the process.