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Morgan Park H.S., St. Xavier U. team up to offer students classes, credit

Updated: July 13, 2014 4:58PM

Another partnership has been struck between a CPS high school and a college.

The latest effort by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to keep middle-class families in the city is occurring on the Far South Side between Morgan Park High School and St. Xavier University.

Emanuel, along with Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th), will lay out the details Thursday morning at St. Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Like partnerships announced in 2012 between DePaul University and Lake View High School, and Loyola University and Senn High School, juniors and seniors at Morgan Park, 1744 W. Pryor, will be able to take courses at St. Xavier as soon as they’re eligible, and may receive transferable credits.

In a phone interview set up and monitored by the CPS press office, Morgan Park’s principal, Carolyn Epps, said a “large number” of her 1,400 students would likely qualify to take advantage of free college classes. The program will expose more of her students — 85 percent of whom get accepted to four-year colleges, she said — to the university, which is about 4 miles away. And Morgan Park will get help from St. Xavier in adjusting its curriculum to become a “wall-to-wall” International Baccalaureate program in the fall.

“It’s a great neighborhood commitment,” Epps said. “We’re all in the same geographic area, so it just helps strengthen that partnership.”


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