Lawndale Community Coordinating Council and Community Action Committee
North Lawndale STEAM Partnership Academy rendering

Proposal calls for STEAM-themed magnet school on Chicago's West Side

Jan. 20, 2022
The STEAM Partnership Academy would be a preK-8 campus housed in what is now a vacant school in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

A STEAM-themed elementary school could be coming to the North Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago.

As revised, the plans submitted to Chicago Public Schools for the North Lawndale STEAM Partnership Academy no longer calls for three neighborhood schools to be consolidated, reports Block Club Chicago

Earlier plans called for replacing Crown Academy, Sumner Elementary and North Lawndale Community Academy.

The new plan would create the STEAM Partnership Academy as a magnet school at the vacant Henson Elementary, a school that closed in 2014.

The STEAM Partnership Academy would be a preK-8 school with a focus on technology and creative learning. 

The proposed school consolidation had been a major sticking point with some parents and teachers, and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council and the neighborhood’s Community Action Committee withdrew that plan.

Organizers say 80% of the STEAM school’s students would come from the Lawndale neighborhood, and 20% would come from other parts of the city.

District administration will review the proposal and decide if it will be put before the school board for consideration.

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