Saturday, June 13, 2020

Uplift and McCutcheon Schools: Full STEAM Ahead!

from Uplift's Twitter account
There's some wonderful news for the future of elementary and high school students in Uptown.

From Dr. Tyrese Graham, the principal at Uplift:

"Today has been an incredible day for our school and its future! Not only did we begin the celebration of our Class of 2020 by having a socially distanced diploma ceremony, but we were also named one of the first two Early College STEAM High Schools by CPS!

This wonderful news means that our students will have an opportunity to earn significant college credit or an associates degree while still in high school! Our academic focus will be on arts integration in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.

I am so excited about what this means for the future of our school and students that I can't contain myself. Over the next weeks and months, we will be ramping up during our incubation year. Your voice will be critical as we flesh out this new school model. We will communicate with you about what is in store for our school community and opportunities to be a part of the conversation as we do something that has never been done before in CPS.

We also want to recognize McCutcheon Elementary, our Uptown partner, that was awarded an elementary STEAM program. Congratulations to Principal Theodosopoulos and the entire McCutcheon community on this accomplishment! Today all of Uptown has reason to celebrate!

On a related note, if you know of any students and families that would like to be a part of this cutting edge school model, let them know we are still accepting applications for enrollment for school year 2020-2021 for all grade levels.

They can contact the school at (773) 534-2875 or email me directly at and I will connect them with our Enrollment Team."


  1. It's one thing to graduate. It's another thing to go out into the world and get a job. With all the chaos and turmoil in this city and elsewhere, there will be NO or FEW jobs for HS graduates. College? Maybe, but the colleges are scaling back, cutting classes. the next best thing is for the grads to start a business. So glad I got my HS diploma and degree when I did. Wouldn't want to be today's grads....and sorry to say one of color, who is usually the last one hired and/or left behind. Just saying.

    1. Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays