UIC's Role with the High School
UIC’s partnership with UICCP is governed by a formal Memorandum of Understanding. All of the high school’s day-to-day operations are the responsibility of UICCP and Noble Network staff. UIC’s major responsibility is to support development of a high-quality college preparatory curriculum in all subjects and to connect the high school with UIC personnel and programs that can support UICCP’s efforts.
A major component of UIC's formal commitment to UIC College Prep is to help ensure that all students, regardless of their entering academic preparation, graduate from UICCP prepared for college-level work, i.e., they will not have to enroll in remedial courses in college. This commitment implied a need for "intensification" initiatives—additional academic support that help struggling students succeed in a true college preparatory curriculum. This includes double-period classes in mathematics and literacy, provision of after-school and summer support programs, and development of other academic support structures.
UICCP’s curriculum includes four years of mathematics and science. It also includes a unique, four-year health sciences program that is being co-developed by UICCP faculty members with faculty and staff from UIC’s six health sciences colleges—Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health—as well as UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work.
UICCP’s location within the Illinois Medical District and adjacent to UIC enables the high school’s students to have regular interaction with UIC personnel, programs, and facilities, especially with the faculty, staff, and health professionals who work on the west side of the UIC campus. An in-school health clinic, which is located on UICCP’s ground floor and is operated by the UIC Neighborhood Initiative, provides another, regular opportunity for the high school’s students and staff to interact with health care professionals.