Northwestern Settlement has operated community programs in arts, education, and social services for Chicago’s West Town residents for more than 125 years. In 2008, the Chicago-based Renaissance Schools Fund helped partner Northwestern Settlement with Bain & Company, a global business and financial consulting firm with a deep interest in actively participating in public education reform. The two organizations joined forces to create a new contract grammar school campus based on intensive research and national best practices.
In 2009, the John Rowe family and Exelon Corporation joined the team, adding to the financial and operational strength of the newly named Rowe Elementary School, which opened at the Cleaver location. In 2014, Rowe Middle School opened. Rowe’s first class graduated in 2016. 100% of scholars were accepted to high performing high schools, including some of the most elite schools in the country such as Walter Payton, Whitney Young, Lane Tech, Jones, St. Ignatius and St. Andrews in Delaware. This year also marks the completion of the new expansion to the Rowe Middle School building. Today, over 150 Rowe Alumni are enrolled in 50 different high performing college prep schools across the country.
100% 8th Grade
99% Acceptance Rate to College Prep Schools
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