These schools help realize the vision that there are educational outlets throughout Chicago where children can “charge up” and maximize their potential. Big Shoulders Fund is focused on ensuring these schools can remain open and viable for years to come, raising more than $300 million in support of this work since its founding in 1986.
The collective effort of supporters, teachers and families alike allows our schools to operate efficiently: on average in 2014 it cost $7,577 to educate a student in a Chicago Catholic school versus $13,433 to educate a student in a Chicago public school.
Big Shoulders supports schools and programs that will ensure students receive a strong academic foundation in elementary school, enroll in quality, college prep high schools, enroll and persist in college, and lead productive lives as adults.
Matriculation into College Prep High Schools
High School Choices Class of 2014
College Enrollment as Verified by the National Student Clearinghouse
Fall College Enrollment – High School Class of 2015
Improved Long-Term Outcomes
Alumni Survey Results: Educational Attainment, Bachelor’s or Beyond
Contributing to Communities
Alumni Survey Results: Civic Engagement