The Center for Access and Attainment has taken the lead role in coordinating DePaul's partnership with Lake View High School, one of the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) high schools within Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Through the partnership, DePaul will provide Lake View students with greater access to DePaul's high-quality faculty and facilities in science and technology, with the goal of easing the transition into college and providing guidance on the pathway toward entering careers in STEM fields. DePaul is the first four-year university to partner with the ECSS program.
In a February 2012 announcement, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Lake View High School would be one of five Early College STEM Schools (ECSS) designed to focus on technology skills and career readiness under a partnership agreement with technology companies, CPS, and colleges and universities.
Through the ECSS program, Lake View students have several options for gaining college credit while in high school, including taking courses at Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. DePaul provides guidance and support to Lake View students to help them choose the best path to a four-year institution like DePaul. DePaul also supports curriculum development at the school in alignment with college standards, and provides data analysis and ongoing education for Lake View's teachers.
Selected highlights from the second year of the partnership with Lake View include:
- Coordinated support from departments university-wide for new initiatives and academic support at Lake View, including:
- Undergraduate Admission, which provided on-site college application support for Lake View seniors.
- Law School, which for the second year hosted a retreat day for 50 Lake View freshmen who were not on track to succeed academically.
- College of Computing and Digital Media, which hosted the Cinema and Interactive Media (CIM) Summer Academy for three Lake View students, providing hands-on instruction using the latest equipment and technology taught by faculty from CIM.
- Faculty and staff from across the university, along with some CSH students, served as judges for the school's fall science fair.
- Held successful meetings with CPS and Lake View to discuss Lake View's partnership with Wright College and to plan for ways that graduating Lake View seniors could potentially enroll in DePaul's Admission Partnership Program (DAPP) or enter DePaul as a traditional freshman.
- Hosted more than 250 of Lake View's incoming freshmen on the Lincoln Park campus for a tour at the beginning of the academic year and to discuss the importance of planning for college while at Lake View.
The Lake View/DePaul partnership bolsters the university's bond with CPS and extends the reach of the center into another of Chicago's neighborhood high schools that serves a sizable population of students from low-income and first-generation college families.