The Noble Network of Charter Schools (Noble) is a catalyst for educational equity in Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives. Noble prepares students for long-term success by focusing on college completion and the steps necessary to achieve it starting on students’ first day on campus. Noble does this by bringing a relentless focus on talent and improvement to rigorous and highly autonomous schools.
Why We Invested
Noble is fundamentally changing the trajectory of Chicago students towards long-term success. Noble ninth graders are three times more likely to earn a degree by age 25 than their Chicago Public Schools (CPS) peers attending schools with similar student demographics. Noble outpaces CPS on other critical indicators including SAT growth, high school graduation rate, college enrollment rate, and school quality under SQRP. Noble is actively working to improve these results even further. In 2015, Noble received national recognition for its exceptional outcomes, winning the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, an award given to the nation’s highest-performing charter school network. Noble’s management team, led by Michael Milkie, is characterized by an unwavering commitment to providing all students with a high-quality education. Since 2005, Noble has expanded from one school to a network of 17 campuses across Chicago.
Noble has replicated its model with consistency across 17 campuses, mainly on the south and west sides of Chicago. Headwinds to charter growth in Chicago continue and limit Noble’s ability to expand as originally planned. Noble does plan to continue to grow its impact by expanding where possible, increasing enrollment in undersubscribed campuses and finding ways to provide additional support to students to and through college and into careers. In addition, Noble is currently undertaking a strategic planning process to chart its course for the coming five years and beyond.
Human Capital Strategy: Noble Network of Charter Schools worked with The New Teacher Project to conduct a teacher retention diagnostic in 2016. This work informed targeted improvements that Noble implemented following the effort, and the network has seen an increase in teacher retention in recent years. A Better Chicago supported this work by engaging during the process and covered 75 percent of the fees.