Small Learning Communities (SLCs) 

Small Learning Communities (SLCs) create small learning environments that support teacher-student connectedness, resulting in teachers being aware of the academic as well as the social and emotional needs of 9th-12th-grade students. SLCs offer teachers the flexibility to personalize and tailor their curriculum to address individual student needs, interests and aspirations. As a result, students build stronger relationships with teachers and classmates and maximize their learning potential.



Incoming freshmen are placed into houses organized specifically to provide personalized academic support necessary to succeed at all grade levels and stay on track for graduation. Students in grades 10-12 are organized into a variety of thematic SLCs that increase collaboration and integration throughout each student's educational experience and prepare them for success as productive citizens after high school.


  • Improve freshmen on-track rates and raise attendance rates
  • Improve student engagement in the learning process
  • Increase student participation in extracurricular activities
  • Improve communication between parents and teachers
  • Improve student and teacher connectedness
  • Improve school climate and culture


  • Students receive greater academic support and monitoring
  • Students build stronger relationships with their teachers and classmates
  • Teachers are able to personalize their instruction and better serve students' needs.
  • Teachers can communicate with parents more effectively


There are no pre-requisite requirements for enrolling in an SLC school. Students attending a current SLC school are encouraged to contact their SLC site coordinator, freshman counselor or an SLC teacher.


SLCs are available to all students at the following high schools: Amundsen, Bogan, Crane Technical Prep, Dunbar, Farragut, Fenger Academy, Foreman, Harlan, Kelvyn Park, Manley, Mather, Morgan Park, Robeson, Roosevelt, Senn, Schurz, Steinmetz and Wells.


To learn more, call (773) 553-5093.


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Page Last Modified on Friday, May 25, 2012

Contact information

Small Learning Communities
125 South Clark Street
12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-5093
Fax: (773) 553-2148