LEARN Charter School Network Closes Achievement Gap for Students of Color 

New report finds that LEARN scholars grow an additional 71 days in math and 54 days in reading each year 

CHICAGO — LEARN Charter School Network, a network of 11 open enrollment public charter schools serving over 4,100 students across Chicago, North Chicago, Waukegan, and Washington, D.C. has been named as a network that is closing the reading and math achievement gaps for Black and Hispanic students, and those from low-income backgrounds. The study found that the gains equate to an additional 71 days of learning in math and 54 days of learning in reading for LEARN students. 

As a Matter of Fact: The National Charter School Study III 2023,” the new report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University (CREDO), evaluates the academic progress of charter school students from 2014-2019, compared to their peers in traditional public schools. LEARN is defined as a “gap busting” network, meaning that they have eliminated learning disparities and moved their students’ test score achievements above their respective state’s averages. 

“This study provides irrefutable evidence that LEARN provides a rigorous academic experience that closes the achievement gap for students and communities that have been historically marginalized,” said Greg White, President and CEO of LEARN Charter School Network. “It’s motivating to see that charter schools across the country are serving as a tuition-free school choice option for families seeking high-quality instruction for their children.”  

LEARN is leading the charge to provide a high-quality, equitable educational experience to their students. LEARN provides a rigorous academic foundation through math interventionists, a rigorous science curriculum, executive functioning curriculum, personalized learning programs, and the expansion of the network’s high-quality preschool program. LEARN couples its rigorous academics with robust social and emotional supports for scholars, investing more than three times the amount in social-emotional learning as traditional public schools.  


Founded in 2001, LEARN is an innovative network of tuition-free, high performing college prep public elementary schools open to all students. The first time a family walks into one of our schools, they feel the warmth and welcome that defines a LEARN school, and they discover that LEARN is unmistakably a child-centered place. Our families embrace the academic commitment and the nurturing environment that surrounds their children at LEARN. 


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