What We Do

Rowe Elementary School, operated by Northwestern University Settlement, prepares students to succeed in and graduate from college by cultivating the desire and expectation to go to college and delivering an academically rigorous curriculum infused with unique social and emotional programming.

We best serve our students and their families by instilling in them the college mindset — holistically preparing them to successfully navigate the road to college graduation. We believe that our community is full of brilliant young people who, when provided an excellent education, are able to compete at colleges across the country.

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The Rowe School History

We have changed a lot over the decades, but our mission has remained the same...your child's future.

Approach and Philosophy

Rowe has grown from a school of 125 scholars to a school with more than 1,000 scholars. What attracts many of our families, as well as many of our staff, to Rowe are the values the school believes in. Our work in this area revolves around defining what those values mean for us as a much larger school and how we, as adults, internalize and embody our values of PRIDE, SUCCESS, and HONOR.

We best serve our students and their families by instilling in them the college mindset — holistically preparing them to successfully navigate the road to college graduation. We believe that our community is full of brilliant young people who, when provided an excellent education, are able to compete at colleges across the country.

Our Three Goals...

Here is how we go about achieving our vision:

CULTIVATE THE EXPECTATION AND DESIRE TO GO TO COLLEGE

When we say we instill the college mindset, we mean that we familiarize or scholars and their families with the idea of going to college – what college means, what it takes to be academically and socially ready for college, and what it takes to get into college. We believe this preparation cannot begin too early, so beginning with kindergarten we build familiarity with college. Our classrooms are named after universities, we provide college visits and presentations so that our scholars and families can learn and be well informed.

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Our Principals and Staff

Our Partners and Sponsors

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High School Readiness

At Rowe Elementary we pride ourselves in ensuring that our scholars matriculate into high performing high schools in the city and the nation. However, our ultimate goal is ensuring that our scholars can successfully navigate the road to and through college graduation.

High School matriculation is a very important step in our scholar’s academic career. Therefore, aside from having a full time Director of High School Readiness and Alumni Success we have developed a high school readiness program to help our scholars and their families have the support systems necessary to navigate through the application process and can make a successful transition to high school.

In addition to incorporating high school readiness into our middle school culture, Our readiness program consists of:
      – advisory lessons
      – parent workshops
      – one-on-one parent meetings and guidance from application to matriculation.

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Graduate Testimonial

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“Every moment that passes affects where you go and who you will become. Rowe has shown me that we control our future and it’s a matter of creating a path for yourself.”

Gianna R. – Class of 2017
St. Andrews School

 

Teacher Spotlight

Griffin Antle

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My name is Griffin Antle and I am your 8th Grade ELA teacher at Rowe! I am originally from New Hampshire and (when it is safe) love to visit home during the beautiful fall foliage. I now live in Chicago with my fiancé Kirsten, and have spent the last 2 years teaching ELA in a Chicago high school.

I competed as a Division 1 NCAA gymnast for The College of William & Mary, my favorite book is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I enjoy cooking new recipes.


It is a privilege to teach and learn at Rowe Middle School with students, teachers, staff, and families.

-Mr. Antle


8th grade ELA Teacher