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Be a Community, Business or Academic Partner

Perspectives integrates our students’ curriculum with real-world experiences by partnering with museums, businesses and organizations as host sites for our Field Studies, and for students’ Community Action projects where students give back to their communities by volunteering to serve others.

We partner with community leaders, corporations, foundations and academic supporters to fund our work, lend strategic advice and direction, and volunteer in our schools as mentors to our students.

Community Partnerships

Strategic Community partnerships are best demonstrated by our five year relationship with the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC), LISC/Chicago and faith-based and neighborhood community leaders in Auburn Gresham.

Partnering with GADC and LISC/Chicago to implement LISC’s Elev8 program in Auburn Gresham Perspectives opened the first charter school-based community health clinic in our Perspectives Middle Academy, and launched a number of school enrichment programs and community partnerships that foster, among other outcomes, school safety and peaceful conflict resolution. Elev8 seeks to transform the educational achievement and life outcomes of disadvantaged middle school students by initiating community revitalization for students and their families through sustainable school-community partnerships.

To learn more about our community partnerships, and to be become involved with Perspectives in our school communities of Auburn Gresham, Grand Boulevard and the South Loop please contact Community Relations Director Glennese Ray.

“... With Perspectives Charter Schools-Calumet Campus’ rigorous academic curriculum, ethical guiding principles - A Disciplined Life©, and their partnership with our organization, students participate in community, health, and educational reform, such as Elev8. Students are part of the solution and they create a sustainable model for educational reform.”

Carlos Nelson
Executive Director, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation

Business Partnerships

Ernst & Young LLP, as the corporate partner of our Perspectives Calumet High School in the Chicago community of Auburn-Gresham, sets a high standard for Perspectives Charter Schools business partnerships. The company's employees have had a tremendous impact on our students’ futures by providing mentoring, tutoring, opportunities for internships and significant financial support for our education model. If you would like to partner with one of our schools on any or all of these levels, please contact our Director of External Affairs, Sue Enright.

"Ernst & Young is committed to increasing access to education for disadvantaged and minority students. We've chosen to align our efforts with Perspectives because we believe in their "College for Certain" environment and focus on higher achievement. We also value the opportunity to engage with the students of Perspectives and leverage our skill sets by mentoring, tutoring and providing internships and programs that make a meaningful difference."

Tony Anderson
Vice Chairman and Midwest Managing Partner Ernst & Young LLP

Academic Partnerships

With the opening in September 2008 of our fifth school, the Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy in the Grand Boulevard community in Chicago, Perspectives and the Illinois Institute of Technology embarked on a partnership to create an innovative STEM Synergy education curriculum for grades six through twelve. To learn about opportunities to develop partnerships with our schools please contact us (ea email).

" the challenges surrounding the teaching and learning of mathematics and science worldwide are well-documented. in response, perspectives and iit have leveraged their respective strengths in operating school and expertise in mathematics, science, and technology within the iit mathematics and science academy. we believe this school provides students with state of the art mathematics and science curricula as well as highly qualified and innovative teaching staff. we are confident that our school will enhance the scientific and mathematics literacy of all students and enable them to more successfully navigate the increasingly mathematically and scientifically based society in which we live."

Drs. Norman and Judith Lederman
IIT's Mathematics and Science Education Department