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.
So what do we do that’s new? We blend technology with great teaching so our students can own their education and personalize their path to college and career. Our first permanent campus is located at 4540 W. Belmont Ave., and we will serve 7th-12th grade students.
At Intrinsic this personalization and independence is achieved via a holistic, 1:1 application of technology to empower team-teaching in flexible, data-driven classrooms—called “pods”—in which upwards of 60 students rotate from independent work, to instruction, to collaboration and project-based learning.
We’ve got awesome teachers. We’ve got cool clubs and sports. And we expect every student who attends Intrinsic to hold herself or himself to the highest standards, both in the classroom and as a citizen of our growing community.