We believe that high-quality instruction is the right of all students regardless of ethnic or socio-economic background. The excellence demonstrated by the students and faculty of Thorp Scholastic Academy attracts families from some of the most affluent as well as some of the most economically-challenged areas of the city.Because of our racial and economic diversity we have also attracted the attention of some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning throughout the Midwest. We have extensive partnerships with the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Wheaton College and Purdue University. Our commitment to excellence has been recognized in: Chicago Magazine, WBEZ, and the Chicago Tribune.
From the Magnet Schools of America website: “Magnet schools are based on the premise that all students do not learn in the same ways, that if we find a unifying theme or a different organizational structure for students of similar interest, those students will learn more in all areas. In other words, if a magnet school voluntarily attracts students and teachers, it will succeed because, more than for any other reason, those in attendance want to be there. They will have chosen that school. When a parent chooses a school for his or her young child, that school is more likely to succeed for that child than would one to which that child was assigned. Originally, parents with the financial means could send their children to parochial (church) schools, to private tutors, or to private schools. If wealthy enough, they could send their children away to dormitory schools – then called private academies – from age eight to eighteen. We still have those options for wealthy Americans, and many still choose these options, but some who can afford to send their children to any school instead choose magnet schools, which are public schools and cost nothing to attend.”