These schools help realize the vision that there are educational outlets throughout Chicago where children can “charge up” and maximize their potential. Big Shoulders Fund is focused on ensuring these schools can remain open and viable for years to come, raising more than $300 million in support of this work since its founding in 1986.
Big Shoulders supports schools and programs that will ensure students receive a strong academic foundation in elementary school, enroll in quality, college prep high schools, enroll and persist in college, and lead productive lives as adults.
Strong Foundation in Elementary School
Big Shoulders Fund Terra Nova Student Performance vs. National Average
College Enrollment as Verified by the National Student Clearinghouse
Fall College Enrollment – High School Class of 2013
Matriculation into College Prep High Schools
High School Choices Class of 2014
Improved Long-Term Life Outcomes
Educational Attainment, Bachelor’s or Beyond