Tuition-Free: We operate on a combination of public funds, grants, and charitable contributions and will never charge our students tuition for providing them the education that they deserve.
Open Enrollment: Amandla is open to all students regardless of test scores, past academic performance, and special needs. We believe all students can learn, and we will never give admission preference to a student based on their grades or scores.The 2012-13 school year marks our 5th year of operation and our first year as a high school. This year we serve students in 5th through 10th grades. We will continue to expand by one grade per year until we reach full capacity in the 2015-16 school year. At capacity, we will serve students in 5th through 12th grades with approximately 60 students per grade or 480 students total.
Mission: Preparing for College and BeyondOur mission is to prepare Chicago students for college and beyond through a powerful college prep curriculum beginning in grade five.
Core BeliefsAmandla was founded by a team of dedicated Englewood public school teachers committed to proving that the neighborhood where a student grows up does not need to determine the student’s chances of future success. These beliefs continue to guide all of our actions and decisions from the classroom to the boardroom. At Amandla, we believe:
- All students deserve access to a high-quality rigorous education that prepares them to excel in college and in their professional lives. No high school graduate should be prevented from accessing a college education for a lack of skill or an inadequate academic foundation.
- All students can and will achieve academic excellence when they are provided with a highly structured school culture and excellent classroom teaching.
- Mastery of the core academic subjects is essential to academic success. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that all students reach fundamental benchmarks at each grade level.
- All students have a right to develop a strong ethical foundation as well as the habits and values that support educational and life success. Quality schools guide their students’ character development and engage all school stakeholders in that vital process.
Shared ValuesAt Amandla, we value:
Scholarship. The first responsibility of an Amandla student is to work hard and learn more, every day.
Community. At Amandla, we work as a team and family. We work hard, we are respectful, and we support each other in making good choices.
Perseverance. When faced with an obstacle, an Amandla student won’t give up.