Jim Schwartz

Lead Leadership Coach


Jim Schwartz is the Lead Leadership Coach with the Network for College Success. Prior to joining NCS, Jim was the Principal of the Al Raby School for Community and Environment, a small Chicago public high school focused on college preparation and community activism. Jim led the school in enhancing its systems of instruction and student supports so that students were ready for, enrolled in and successful during college. In this work, Jim and the school partnered with NCS to develop an Instructional Leadership Team, buid teacher capacity, and create a college-going culture. Before the principalship, Jim served as the Assistant Principal and a teacher leader at Al Raby and was a member of the school’s founding team.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University, and a Type 75 certificate from Northeastern Illinois University. Jim has also taught at South Shore High School and served as an administrator in Schaumburg elementary schools.