LEARN and its predecessor, Lawndale Community School, have provided a high quality education to children living in underserved communities for over 27 years. Lawndale Community School began with 11 students in a small apartment in the North Lawndale community on Chicago's West side. Our founders, Patricia Vockeroth, Margaret Rauls, and Ernestine Rivers were frustrated by the lack of high quality educational opportunities available for students in this underserved community. They were determined to launch a neighborhood school where high academic achievement was expected and encouraged and a culture of mutual respect was promoted as the optimal learning environment for students and their families. The founders were committed to academically and socially preparing its scholars for matriculation to the best high schools in Chicago and eventually to colleges across the country.
Over the last 27 years, much has changed about this school. We have grown from serving 11 students to over 600 students from Preschool to Eighth grade. Seven years ago we transitioned from a private school to a public charter school. In 2008 we opened our second campus, LEARN Excel, also located on the Westside of Chicago. Our third campus is scheduled to open in August 2009 and will be located at 212 South Francisco Avenue (inside the Marillac Social Center). With this growth, LEARN's commitment to providing children in need with an outstanding elementary education and preparing them for college prep high schools and eventually college, has not changed. In fact, this commitment and passion is as powerful today as it was in 1981. – less – More from ZoomInfo »