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Special Programs
BUSINESS, FINANCE AND CAREERS ACADEMY
The Schurz Business, Finance and Careers is a prestigious, nationally approved academic program designed to teach fundamental business principles through experiential projects,internships, and post-secondary exposure.

ASE-CERTIFIED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Schurz is part of the Automotive Youth Educational System program which provides internships and partnerships with car dealerships, manufacturers, and post-secondary institutions. Schurz is the only High School in Chicago that offers an Ase-Certified Automotive Program. Not only is Schurz Ase-Certified, it is NATEF Certified which is a National Certification. Schurz is also partnered with Truman College in this program.

MANUFACTURING/ENGINEERING PROGRAM
The Manufacturing & Engineering cluster prepares students for college and entry-level jobs in modern manufacturing, beginning in sophomore year. Enrolling in a program in the Manufacturing cluster will give students the opportunity to understand how industry and technology work together create or package things we use every day like cars and computers. Some of the manufacturers students will learn about are Ford Motor Company, Boeing, Chrysler, BMW, and Pfizer.

DIGITAL MEDIA PROGRAM
Students in the Digital Media program will learn the latest software applications in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator & InDesign) and industry standard equipment to create dynamic visual presentations. They will create digital artwork and program and set up equipment in creation of various print materials. They will prepare layouts and comprehensive illustrations, choose appropriate materials, perform camera work with photography and video, utilize forms of electronic media, organize and produce professional work, create quality signage, handle client requests, and maintain a professional portfolio.

THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMME
The International Baccalaureate Programme will be offered at Schurz beginning Fall 2013. The IB is a program of international education that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and to become critical and reflective thinkers.

The International Baccalaureate diploma is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. There are 120 post-secondary institutions who grant a full year of credit or its equivalent to students who have earned the IB diploma. More than 1,000 North American colleges and universities recognize the IB diploma and exams for advanced credit and/or placement. The IB program promotes the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. IB students develop a strong sense of identity, which helps them communicate with and understand people from diverse cultures.

Apply online (recommended) at https://apply.cps.edu/. Paper application Deadline is Dec. 14, 2012

International Baccalaureate Programme Application Requirements
Applicants must currently be enrolled in the eighth grade. Eligibility is based on your child’s 2011-2012 ISAT scores in reading comprehension and total math or, if he/she did not take the ISAT, on a different standardized, nationally normed test (e.g., ITBS, Terra Nova, etc.).

In order to be eligible, students must have a minimum stanine of five in reading comprehension and a minimum stanine of five in total math. In addition, students must have a GPA of 2.5 based on final grades in four subjects: reading, math, science and social science. 

Students with an IEP or a 504 Plan, and students in bilingual programs must have reading comprehension and total math stanines that equal at least 10 (e.g., 3 and 7; 4 and 6) and a GPA of 2.5 in order to be eligible.

AVID
AVID or Advancement Via Individual Determination is a nationally recognized college readiness system that seeks to boost student learning and promote a college culture within the school. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, especially those in the middle, succeed in a rigorous college preparatory path, increase enrollment in college, and ultimately become responsible leaders in their communities. First and foremost, an AVID student possesses a desire and determination to succeed in college.

Before a student enters the program, s/he along with a parent or guardian participates in an interview with the AVID team. Once accepted, all AVID students enroll in the AVID elective class in addition to college preparatory classes at the regular and honors levels. This AVID course includes: Strategies for Success, College and Careers, Writing, Public Speaking, Note-Taking Practice, Test Preparation, Research, Tutorials.

If you are interested in learning more about the Schurz High School AVID program, please contact the AVID coordinator, Ms. Catherine Wrenn at (773) 534-3675, or cgwrenn@cps.edu. CLICK HERE FOR AVID APPLICATION

SMALL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
This organizational tool is used to group students into smaller learning environments. As a result, teachers in each of the smaller communities will better know the needs, interests, and aspirations of each student.  They will be able to closely monitors each student’s progress, and provide support for each student to succeed.

JROTC
JROTC is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Outstanding juniors and seniors have an opportunity to join NHS. Membership is based on scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
A program of college-level courses and exams for secondary school students.
(Calculus Analytical Geometry, Music Theory, English, AP Economics and AP Spanish Language).

BILINGUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Provides standards‐based instruction and other educational assistance to students acquiring English language proficiency while developing academic skills in the content areas. Bilingual education programs are designed to develop and enrich the student’s home language and culture, develop English language proficiency and introduce academic content area skills in the English language. The goal for ELLs is to progress towards becoming proficient in English and academically succeed in a general program of instruction. In our Bilingual Program, we offer classes in Spanish in the content areas and ESL classes as well.

ONE GOAL
OneGoal, formerly Urban Students Empowered, is an innovative college persistence program working to make college graduation possible for all students. As the country's only teacher-led college persistence organization, we identify, train and support our nation's most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college.

COLLEGE AND CAREER RESOURCE CENTER
The College and Career Resource Center houses excellent resources for information on careers, colleges and admission requirements. These resources are available throughout the year.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER
The Academic Support Center is an after school program that provides students with homework help and exam preparation. Teachers are available to tutor students and offer extra support. Students receiving a failing grade in any subject are strongly encouraged to attend.