Be a Community, Business or Academic Partner
We partner with community leaders, corporations, foundations and academic supporters who help fund our work, lend strategic advice and direction, and volunteer in our schools as mentors to our students.
Strategic community partnerships are best demonstrated by our five-year relationship with the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation, LISC/Chicago, and faith-based and neighborhood community leaders in Auburn Gresham. Perspectives partnered with these organizations and individuals to implement LISC’s Elev8 program in Auburn Gresham to open the first charter school-based community health clinic in our Perspectives Middle Academy. Together, we've also 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. The Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation is committed to the revitalization of the local community through a variety of strategies.
“... 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.”
Executive Director, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation
Ernst & Young LLP, as the corporate partner of our Perspectives Calumet High School in the 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 learn more about partnering 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."
Vice Chairman and Midwest Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
With the September 2008 opening of a 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Synergy education curriculum for grades six through 12. To learn about opportunities to develop partnerships with our schools, please contact External Affairs.
"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 schools 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
Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics and Science Education