- Published: 08 February 2013
State Senator John Mulroe joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Boyd-Bennett, and Alderman Mary O’Connor (41st) yesterday in announcing major changes to Taft High School.
Beginning next school year, Taft High School, located in the Norwood Park community, will become a Wall-to-Wall International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, with several “tracks” meant to accommodate all ranges of abilities preparing students for higher education or direct entry into the workforce.
“I am excited to see such a well-performing program come to Taft,” Senator Mulroe said. “Through this program, local students will have the opportunity to benefit from investments in technology and science laboratories, preparing them for the future.”
In an IB school program, 9th and 10th grade students participate in the Middle Years Programme, which consists of either an honors or regular track. Students in grades 11 and 12 then have four “tracks” to choose from, including a program for academically advanced students and a program offering career-related educational services.
Recent studies performed by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago found students attending IB Programmes enter college with strong academic skills and attend more selective colleges than similar students in comparable honors programs.
“Ensuring Taft is a premier High School has been a goal of mine since entering office,” Mulroe continued. “I would like to thank Alderman O’Connor for her efforts to make this announcement a reality for families residing in the 41st Ward.”
Currently, four IB schools exist in Chicago, including Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Humboldt Park, Back of the Years High School, Senn High School in Edgewater, and Hyde Park Career Academy High School.