Intrinsic is a new Chicago network of high-performing public charter schools creating a new school model for 7th-12th grade students. Our Belmont Campus opened in 2013, and will graduate its first class of seniors in 2017. Belmont is a “CPS Level 1+ School,” which is the highest possible performance rating.
To build this new school model we are challenging traditional notions of education. Data shows that students from high-need communities span large ranges—in aptitude, levels of background knowledge, and experience—and we believe this is where today’s factory-model education system breaks down: Just because two children are the same age does not mean they learn at the same pace or should follow the same pathway. Each child has different learning needs at different times, and each child can and must be personally invested in their learning.