We will continue to inspire students to intellectual excellence and personal responsibility through community and environmental activism. Raby students will be challenged to think critically, communicate effectively, and advocate for themselves and on behalf of others. To prepare our students for success after high school, we will continue to expose them to a culturally- relevant curriculum that allows them to develop their reasoning and writing skills. We will continue to provide them with enrichment opportunities that will expand their background knowledge and give them additional pathways to achieve success. Some of these opportunities include the following: business, broadcast, culinary and pre-law related industry field trips; Raby Day of Service; programming in dual credit and dual enrollment programs with Harold Washington College; Art Club; Chess Club; Drama Club; voice, guitar, and drum lessons; internships; attending plays; and College Tours.
This year we want to improve from a Level 2 to a Level 1 school. We will do this by improving our attendance rate, freshman on track rate, growth on the SAT, and college enrollment rate. The important work of educating our children cannot be done in isolation. It’s going to take the school and our families working in concert with each other. Research indicates that the home-school partnership is paramount to improving student outcomes. I will work diligently to continue to form an alliance with Raby families and the community at-large with the goal of supporting student success. Just as we encourage student voice and student choice, we also welcome family engagement and input to make our school better for all stakeholders. I truly embrace our motto “One Team - One Family” and encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns.
I look forward to an amazing and productive school year. Mostly, I look forward to serving your children.
Sincerely, Michelle T. Harrell Principal