Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=221850
Story Retrieval Date: 9/1/2014 11:16:17 PM CST
Schuler's current policy is that in order to remain a Schuler Scholar, students must consider only private colleges and universities in the college search and application process. Schuler educational counselor at Maine East Karly Vance said one of the main reasons for this has to do with the financial aid packages offered by private schools.
“Typically the private schools give them more funding,” Vance said. “Our low-income students get better funding from schools that have more money to give, and typically private schools have better endowments. So that’s a big piece.”
Vance said that class size and structure plays a role in the policy as well.
“Another piece is often the private schools are smaller,” Vance said. “The smaller class sizes, more personal attention, more personal support and those really tight networks also are resources to them.”
Vance also noted that Schuler doesn’t believe public schools are inferior, just less compatible with the program’s aims.
“We certainly don’t believe private schools are the only way to be successful,” Vance said. “It’s just that that’s what our program is designed to prepare for.”
Next year will be an especially exciting year for the Schuler Program at Maine East.
The staff will send off the inaugural graduating class of Schuler Scholars at the school, something Schuler educational counselor at Maine East Karly Vance said will be exciting for not only the class of 2014 but also the younger scholars.
“That is going to be really interesting to have our first group sent off to these new schools,” Vance said. “I think it will lay the groundwork for the future of Schuler Scholars and for other students in the school to learn about Maine East alum who have gone to some of these private schools. There’s a lot of opportunities in different schools that they had never knew existed.”