Chicago Board of Education Gives Final Approval for New Charter School in Austin

The Chicago Board of Education has granted final approval to the charter school application of Chicago Education Partnership for a new public charter school for the Austin community; Moving Everest Charter School.  The school will utilize a unique model that will eventually serve 810 Kindergarten through 8th grade students during the school day and provide an optional after-school choice for families with a well-established and successful existing after-school support program, By The Hand Club For Kids, for additional tutoring, counseling, and support services.

The school is scheduled to open in fall 2015 with Kindergarten and 1st Grade and will occupy new facilities that are currently under construction at 416 N. Laramie Ave.

“We are very pleased the Board has approved our plans and look forward to serving our initial classes of children next fall,” said Michael Rogers, executive director of Chicago Education Partnership. “Our vision is to provide parents in Austin with a compelling elementary school choice that will prepare their children for academic success, help them become proficient and enthusiastic readers, develop strong character, and allow them to enter and excel in a college preparatory high school. This will be done throughout the school day in a blended learning environment and by offering parents an optional partnership with a strong after-school provider.”

“While Moving Everest is a separate non-profit and its own entity with its own staff, By The Hand will work closely with this school, just as it works collaboratively with other Chicago public schools, to promote academic excellence while nurturing the whole child. We are excited about partnering with Moving Everest to provide after-school programming for their students like we do our other 16 CPS schools we partner with,” said Donnita Travis, founder and executive director of By The Hand.

“This represents a tremendous opportunity to provide a high quality educational option to the children and families of the west side of Chicago,” said Mika Krause, school principal. “Just like our school name suggests, this is a very challenging, aspirational endeavor and a life-changing experience as we partner with families to prepare students for high school, college and a successful life, and I can’t wait to get started.”

CEP’s mission is to create a school that dramatically transforms the lives of K-8 students and prepares them for success in college and in life through the delivery of a rigorous and personalized academic program, a focus on holistic education and the development of strong character.

For more information on Chicago Education Partnership/Moving Everest Charter School, please contact:
Michael Rogers 630.200.6747 or

For more information on By The Hand, please contact:
Donnita Travis at 312.305.2622 or