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Classroom, Inc. Congratulates Graduates of Chicago Summer Acceleration Program

For Immediate Release
Celia Alicata


Classroom, Inc. Congratulates Graduates of Chicago Summer Acceleration Program

Organization helps 850 students move successfully to high school

NEW YORK—July 29, 2015—On Tuesday, July 28, Chicago students walked across the auditorium stage to receive their 8th grade diplomas. Every graduation is significant, but this one was even more so because it was the last chance for students to achieve this milestone. As overage middle school students—ranging from 14-16 years old—these young adults overcame a multitude of challenges to reach this goal.

Classroom, Inc. provided academic programs for approximately 850 students in Chicago Public School’s Summer Acceleration program. By using innovative game-based learning programs that put students in the role of a professional, summer school students made academic gains, built their confidence, and developed essential leadership skills.

“I’m appreciative that they were able to participate [in the program] and graduate like other students. They should continue this opportunity for all students who are not able to graduate on time,” exclaimed one parent as she celebrated her child’s accomplishment.

The summer program gives students the support they need to stay on track and prepare for the transition to high school. Classroom, Inc.’s programs—often touted as the reason for such high attendance rates in summer programs—were used for a third year in a row to build this vital bridge to high school.

“Moving successfully to high school is one of the most important transitions in a young person’s life. Our learning games respect students and invite them to take charge of their own learning—which is exactly what they did. Congratulations to the class of 2015,” said Lisa Holton, president, Classroom, Inc.

By connecting classwork to professional work, Classroom, Inc.’s programs engage and educate middle school students in a way they haven’t experienced in school before. The 2015 partnership with Chicago Public Schools builds upon Classroom, Inc.’s successful programs in the summer of 2014 and 2013. Read the account of one student’s success story from 2014.


About Classroom, Inc.

Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit that helps students in high-poverty communities build literacy and leadership skills. By developing digital learning games and curriculum set in the professional world and supporting educators in creating student-centered classrooms, we invite students to take charge of their learning. At Classroom, Inc., we envision a world in which all students are given an equal opportunity to discover the power of literacy and leadership for success in school, career, and life. For more information, visit: www.classroominc.org.