Providence Englewood is a Kindergarten through 8th grade Charter School serving the Englewood community. We are part of the public education system and enrollment is FREE. Our purpose – the reason we exist – is to prepare our students for a successful high school career leading to enrollment in college.
We believe in the creation of inspired lives produced by the miracle of hard work. We are not frightened by the challenges of reality but believe that we can change our conception of this world and our place within it. So we work, plan, build and dream – in that order. We believe that one must earn the right to dream. Our talent, discipline and integrity will be our contribution to a new world because we believe that we can take this place, this time and this people, and make a better place, a better time and a better people. With God’s help, we will either find a way or make one.
The primary purpose of Providence Englewood Charter School is to prepare our students for further academic work, and ultimately, for responsible citizenship in the modern world. We constantly strive for academic excellence along with personal and social development.
Our course of study is intended to prepare our students for higher education. We strive for excellence in all aspects of the teaching-learning process. Students, teachers and administrators have high expectations of themselves and of one another. The curriculum is regularly evaluated to ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed in their academic pursuits. Course offerings are designed to support all students with reaching their fullest intellectual potential. Students are encouraged to develop personal study habits and motivation to attain their academic goals.
Along with intellectual growth must come personal development. We work to create and maintain an atmosphere based on mutual respect, acceptance of differences and concern for others. In doing so, we hope to guide our students in developing a moral value system and reaching out to those who are less fortunate than they.
We work to instill in our students a sense of personal, cultural and racial pride; a mature acceptance of responsibility; a personal discipline which will enable them to attain their goals; and an unwillingness to accept anything less than their best. We believe that with these personal qualities, our students will be able to shape their own futures, as well as the future of our community.
“Members of the Providence Englewood Charter School community – students, parents, teachers and administrators – refuse to bend to the pressures of limited resources or to submit to the limitations imposed by low expectations. Rather, we perform out of a healthy sense of dissatisfaction, recognizing with pride how far we have come, but never losing sight of how far we have yet to go.”
Angela Williams-Johnson, Principal
Since opening Providence Englewood Charter School in 2006, we have set new goals and standards that have continued to increase the academic performance of our students. Our students consistently score higher on state tests than other schools in surrounding communities. More importantly, 100 percent of our school’s graduates have been accepted into Chicago’s premier high schools.
Student ISAT Scores
In 2005, Englewood’s Ralph J. Bunche elementary school closed its doors. The school had been on probation for years. When it closed, only 13 percent of its students were performing at or above their grade level.
In 2006, the school re-opened as Providence Englewood Charter School. Two hundred students and 23 faculty and staff members were its inaugural members. It was the beginning of an incredible journey.
One of Providence Englewood’s first priorities after opening was to gain a baseline assessment of its new students’ academic performance. It administered the standardized Terra Nova tests and learned the school’s average was 9 percent. The national average was 35 percent. We had our work cut out for us.
Our faculty and administrators developed an aggressive school improvement plan. The heart of this plan is based on four key pillars: high expectations, accountability, curriculum and instruction. We needed to equip our students with the knowledge, tools and support to achieve academic success. We developed specific markers and goals to measure our progress.
Within one school year, we achieved significant results. Through the hard work and determination of our faculty students and families, the spring Terra Nova scores showed vast improvement. Our school’s average increased to 44 percent. We were extremely pleased, but recognized how far we had to go.
Since our inaugural year, we have set new goals and standards that have continued to increase the academic performance of our students. We have also introduced new programs and extracurricular activities that have widened the opportunities available to our students.
Our first class graduated from Providence Englewood in 2012. One hundred percent of our students were accepted into Chicago’s leading high schools. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come since opening our doors in 2006 … and exciting to think of how much more we can accomplish in the future.