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Mayor Emanuel Announces Strategic Partnership Between Senn & Loyola

Thursday, May 24, 2012
By Daniel Zagotta
Senn High School. Credit: Jeremy Bressman

According to a news release from Alderman Harry Osterman’s 48th Ward Office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced a new strategic partnership between Senn High School and Loyola University Chicago. This strategic partnership will take effect fall 2012 and will strengthen Senn’s academic offerings while building on its existing leadership and assets by providing academic support, teacher training, and improved educational opportunities for students.

Under the guidance of President Father Garanzini, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education will collaborate on Senn’s academic programs including an expanded wall-to-wall IB program, the first in the City, which will provide a robust academic curriculum throughout the school. Over the past two years, Senn High School has seen major improvements under the leadership of Principal Susan Lofton. Test scores – including ACT – have improved; the newly instated Fine Arts program has been extremely successful with the students taking 34 medals at this year’s All City Visual Arts Competition; and the IB has continued to garner more student participation and success, growing from 110 applicants in 2007 to 1,732 in 2012. The expanded IB program will complement Senn’s existing programs and will be beneficial to all students throughout our community.

In the release, Osterman stated:

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  • Jjimedd

    Awesome!!

  • Guest

    My son will be a freshman in the Fine Arts/Theater program this fall. I was already impressed & now even more so.

  • Tom Hartman

    More selling of our public space to Catholic organizations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWJN57PZO2ECD3ZBNLB3MGGAVY Meg W

    You’re a quite overwrought Tom Hartman. Senn hasn’t been sold to any organization. Senn and Loyola are neighbors and its convenient for both Edgewater institutions. Think Northwestern or U of C would collaborate with Senn on this scale? Fat chance.

  • Granville Gatekeeper
  • guest

    How great is that!? Now this school will be a good option for folks in the neighborhood that otherwise would send their kids to private schools or other H.S’s farther away. Way to go. This is a good thing. Improving education is always a plus.




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