October 26th, 2018
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Noble Charter Public High Schools Ranked Best in CPS

Noble’s free, open-enrollment public high schools earn 10 of 15 top ranking spots

CHICAGO – Today, Chicago Public Schools released the 2018-2019 school quality ratings, Noble charter public high schools earned 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 just as with all CPS schools, tuition is free.

Among all Noble campuses, 89% 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 key 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.

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 open to all students in Chicago, to apply to a Noble school visit and use the GoCPS system.

The full dataset released by CPS is available here -

About the Noble Network of Charter Schools

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 this 2018 story 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 recent Chicago Sun-Times report.

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