Kenwood Academy honored for academics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) named Kenwood Academy High School one of the Top Schools of 2013.

According to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the 83 percent college enrollment rate at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., exceeds CPS’s average of 59.5 percent. The school’s 80 percent graduation rage also exceeds the district’s average of 65.4 percent. Academically, Kenwood’s Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) composite of 43.5 percent exceeds the average, which is 32 percent, and the school’s ACT average of 18.7 percent exceeds the city’s average of 17.6 percent.

“The faculty and staff at Kenwood Academy High School have exhibited excellence in helping its students achieve their full potential,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a letter congratulating Kenwood Principal Gregory Jones. “The students’ success exemplifies the dedication each of you has in providing a challenging curriculum, and positive learning environment.”

In addition to being awarded one of the top schools, Kenwood is one of 123 schools nationwide that have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2014. The GRAMMY Foundation created the GRAMMY Signature Schools program in 1998 to recognize top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during the academic school year.

Kenwood is the only school in Chicago on the semifinals list. Throughout the year, its choir, band and jazz ensemble can be seen at cornerstone events in the neighborhood such as the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

The GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the program in March. The winning schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $15,000 to benefit their music program.

d.philips@hpherald.com