Mission Statement: What Sets Our Scholars Program Apart from Others
The mission of the Roosevelt Scholars Program is to create the ideal, well-rounded student who is college-bound. While other schools might offer college preparatory classes, only the Roosevelt Scholars Program focuses on the"whole student" that colleges and universities hope to attract.
This program will provide opportunities for students who wish to not only challenge themselves with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, including Advanced Placement and Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment courses, but will also foster other critical areas of development that appeal to universities: students with a strong service learning and leadership background.
To be admitted into theRoosevelt Scholars Program, students must
- Have a minimum of one letter from a core subject teacher.
- Have a minimum percentile of 50 in both Reading and Math.
- Have a minimum attendance rate of 90% for 7th and 8th grades.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for 7th and 8th grades.
- Freshmen take minimum two Honors classes: English, Math, and Science, History
- Sophomores take minimum one AP or DC class, and Honors classes for majority of other subjects
- Juniors take minimum two AP or DC classes, Honors classes for majority of other subjects
- Seniors take minimum two AP or DC classes, then Honors classes for majority of other subjects
Service and Leadership Components
- Students complete 40 hours of Service Learning as required by CPS
- Students complete additional 20 hours of ServiceLearning at Roosevelt High School
- Students who have earned 60 or more hours of ServiceLearning earn a special cord to be worn at graduation
- Team-building field trip for all incoming freshman in ScholarsProgram
- Yearly cultural field trips for Scholars students
- Free college visits offered through partnership with Gear Up
- Special medals earned each year for successful completion of AP or DC classes
- FreeChicago City Colleges placement tests and test prep offered
- Textbooks and enrollment fees for Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment classes covered
- Study Hall/Seminar offered to seniors in scholars program to build in time for college and scholarship applications
9th Grade Human Rights Project
All English I students at Roosevelt High School engage in a cross-curricular Human Rights unit, culminating in a Curriculum-Embedded Service Learning Project,where freshmen select one human rights violation that is currently problematic and of personal concern/relevance. Students research the issue and strategize to find ways that teenagers in Chicago can become Upstanders to address the problems. After presenting research projects to their community, students form groups to initiate Campaigns for Change in the school and neighborhood. Projects have included letters to Mayor Lori Lightfoot about accepting more refugees from Myanmar (Burma), Action Plan Proposals created for Superintendent Eddie Johnson of the Chicago Police Department regarding police brutality and racial profiling, and Social Media campaigns on issues such as LGBTQ+ Equality, Domestic Terrorism, and Modern Slavery.