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Lane Tech Academic Center Approved

By Samantha Abernethy | Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lane Tech will open an Academic Center for 7th and 8th graders. Photo by Patty Wetli.

Chicago Public Schools officials approved the creation of an academic center for accelerated middle school students at Lane Tech High School.

The Chicago Tribune writes:

“The measure’s approval means that the school at 2501 W. Addison St. would accept up to 90 seventh-graders in the fall. That would give students on the North and Northwest sides early acceptance to a selective-enrollment high school closer to home.”

In an effort to drum up CPS support, school officials encouraged community members to get involved by signing a petition. This is the third year Lane Tech has applied to start the program.

Lane Tech principal Antoinette LoBosco said she anticipates the program will attract private school students into the public school system. About 15 percent of freshmen accepted to Lane come from private schools.

For students, the benefits include automatic acceptance to Lane Tech for high school—a huge boon in the competitive landscape of Chicago’s selective enrollment system. The curriculum for nearly the entire eighth grade would consist of high school classes—students would earn high school credit before even entering ninth grade.

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