A magnificent experiment has been undertaken in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A group of anonymous donors have made a promise to “pay the tuition at Michigan’s public colleges, universities and community colleges for every student who graduated from the district’s high schools.”
We, like the Promise donors, believe that every child should have access to a quality education. We also share an understanding of the mutually beneficial relationship that is maintained by the investment of a community in the development of its children. Already, this “promise” has led to greater investment in their own education by the children of Kalamazoo, teachers are working harder and are more open to positive change in methods, and parents are joining ranks to ensure their children are able to take advantage of the opportunity awaiting them upon graduation.
We have undertaken a similar endeavor here at Chicago Hope Academy. 100% of our graduates are accepted to college and that is no accident. We fully invest in our students spiritually, academically and athletically. It is our belief that a quality education should be an opportunity available to all. But we also believe that students need to be properly prepared for college. It is the sad truth that many high school graduates are simply not equipped for the college curriculum. While a program like the Promise will truly benefit young students and families, intensive work must be done in order to ensure that current high school students are equipped for both college and life. It is our mission to do just that.