August 21, 2017
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Freshmen At Noble Charter Schools Return to Class Across Chicago

Class of 2021 Welcomed By Staff Members, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders
CHICAGO, IL – This morning, freshmen students entered Noble buildings across Chicago to begin their first day of public high school, and the 1,400 staff members of the Noble Network of Charter Schools joined elected officials and community members in welcoming and celebrating their arrival. 

The freshmen at Noble’s 17 high schools will soon be joined by the rest of Noble’s 12,000 member student population. Together, Noble students will comprise more than 10% of all public high school students in Chicago. By beginning school today, Noble students will be in class at least two weeks earlier than traditional Chicago public schools, with an extended school day that also adds valuable instructional time. 

At Noble’s Johnson College Prep in the Englewood neighborhood, students and staff were welcomed by Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter of the 3rd District and Chicago Democratic Committeeman Kevin Bailey of the 20th District, as well as representatives from R.A.G.E., the Resident Association of Greater Englewood.

Johnson’s Principal, Matt Brown, expressed his excitement for the new school year. “Today I get to look out and see all of these new students, knowing that in four years I’ll get to shake their hands and send them off to college,” said Brown. 

By mid-morning, all freshmen at the 17 Noble high schools were engaged in orientation sessions, and Noble staff members used the time to help every student adjust to their new surroundings. Noble freshmen typically begin class a few days before the rest of the student body, with each day dedicated to a deliberate familiarization process that allows students to ease into the safe culture and high expectations of a Noble school. 

“This reminds me of my first day at DuSable High School when I was a student,” said Sen. Hunter. “I didn’t know what to expect, and I was a little shy, but looking forward to the educational opportunities to come. I didn’t have a welcoming like this, which helps break the shyness in a good way.” 
The Class of 2021 joins a growing line of accomplished Noble students and alumni. 99% of Noble's most recent graduates in the Class of 2017 were accepted into college. 

At Noble, we are college bound. As the largest charter public school network in Chicago, Noble’s high school program exposes our students to higher education options and guides them through the collegiate application process. Through college trips, college fairs, summer college immersion programs and required academic courses, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education. 
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