The Network for College Success (NCS) envisions neighborhood high schools that continuously cultivate collaboration, powerful learning, and a culture of high achievement to prepare all students for college and career success.

We use research to design and facilitate professional learning that builds the capacity of school leaders to help all students attain high levels of academic achievement. Through cross-school learning communities and job-embedded coaching, we support district leaders, principals, teachers, and counselors to:
  • Strengthen school leadership
  • Improve teaching and learning
  • Support freshmen transitioning into high school
  • Prepare students for quality postsecondary options
  • Support culture and climate
  • Integrate research and data into daily practice

See our Focus Areas page to learn more about our work.



Latest News and Announcements

Team Member Spotlight: Sarah Howard

We would not be able to fulfill our mission without our staff, a group of professionals who intentionally work across difference, are experts in their field, and care deeply about young people and their postsecondary journeys. 

Each month, we’ll highlight a member of our team by “passing the mic” to hear directly from them about their work and purpose. This month, we are highlighting our Director of Professional Learning, Sarah Howard. 

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Empowering Student Success: The Network for College Success (NCS) Journey

Transforming Education Together

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Empowering Educators: Reflecting on this Summer's Transformative Learning Experiences

This summer marked a period of reflection, growth, and empowerment for educators and school leaders who engaged in our immersive professional learning offerings. The National Freshman Success Institute, Leading Professional Learning Communities workshop, and Equity-Based Leadership workshop provided participants with resources, tools, and transformative insights that will support their work in schools this year.
Let’s revisit these impactful experiences and highlight the moments that resonated profoundly with attendees.

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UChicago Network for College Success Welcomes Four New Partner High Schools and Expands Existing Partnerships


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