November 27, 2018
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Noble Charter Public High Schools Commended by State of Illinois and Sweep Top Spots in CPS Ratings
Noble’s free, open-enrollment public high schools earn 10 of 15 top CPS ranking spots

CHICAGO – The State of Illinois has issued its 2018 school report card and recognized all campuses of the Noble Network of Charter Schools with “commendable” ratings for their students’ performance. This achievement follows the release of Chicago Public Schools’ 2018-2019 school quality ratings where Noble charter public high schools captured 10 of the top 15 ranking slots, including all four of the top spots as measured by the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). Of the schools that rounded out the top 15, three schools were selective test-in schools and two accept only students with certain GPAs and attendance records. Noble schools are public and open to all students in Chicago, there is no testing required for admission, and there is no tuition.

“We’re so proud of our students’ accomplishments and the tireless work of our teachers, both of which make these ratings possible,” said Constance Jones, CEO of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. “We serve 12,000 Chicago students who come to school each day reflecting all of the opportunity, promise, and challenges of our city. Our students, families, and staff don't let the fact that the vast majority of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch deter us from the idea that all of our students will be able to graduate from high school and then succeed in college.”

According to CPS’ SQRP ratings, 89% of Noble's campuses were ranked 1 or 1+ (16 of 18), and Noble’s average SQRP rating is 4.13 - which equates to a level 1+ average rating overall.

"While we realize that it is impossible to capture the full impact of a school through a single number, we're so incredibly proud of our students and staff whose hard work is represented in these ratings released today," said Ellen Metz, Noble’s head of schools.

Noble schools also fared well when looking at the SAT, which is a key component for college admissions. When compared with all Chicago public high schools (including those with selective admission requirements), Noble’s open enrollment public schools earned all 12 of the top spots for SAT growth. 

When delineated further by demographics, Noble schools occupy all eight top spots for Hispanic SAT growth, and Noble students earned nine of the top ten spots for African American SAT growth. 

SQRP ratings measure a number of factors to assess school quality including graduation rates, attendance, college enrollment, college persistence, parent and school community surveys, and test score growth among other data points.

Noble schools are public, tuition-free, and open to all students in Chicago. To apply to a Noble school, visit and use the GoCPS system.


At Noble, we are college bound. Noble’s college 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 a required year-long college writing course, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education.

According to a report published by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, “attending a Noble high school increase(s) college enrollment by 13 percentage points, with most of the increase coming at four year, relatively selective institutions. Persistence in college also increase(s), with a 12 percentage point increase in attending four or more semesters of higher education.” Noble uses innovative tools for helping students get accepted and persist in college, as shown in by Chalkbeat Chicago. Noble has been recognized for its work serving particularly at-risk student populations - including a program specifically for students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was featured in a Chicago Sun-Times report.

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