Partnerships with Northwestern University
Since our founding in 1915 by faculty members at Northwestern University, we are proud to have maintained a strong connection to the University throughout the years. Whether it be an Early Childhood research project conducted through the University’s School of Education and Social Policy, or Tech Tutoring offered by our Upper School students to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or weekend classes that cater to advanced learners conducted by the Center for Talent Development, we seem to have someone affiliated with Northwestern University on the Roycemore campus practically every day!
NU Option at Roycemore School
One of the biggest benefits from our partnership with Northwestern University is our NU Option program. NU Option is a unique dual enrollment program that Roycemore School offers our Upper School students. It allows those who qualify, to take classes at Northwestern University for college credit and at no additional tuition. Approximately 25% of our Upper School students are able to take advantage of this program before graduation. We are the only independent school that can offer its students this opportunity and we are very proud of the success our scholars have had through the NU Option program.
Besides NU Option, we have a number of other well-established relationships with various departments at Northwestern University. Below is a list of some of these valuable partnerships.
The Northwestern University Center for Talent Development (CDT) is dedicated to helping academically talented students realize their full potential. In 2016, CTD announced that it was starting a collaborative journey with our school that would combine our collective educational expertise, expand the reach of both our institutions, and help more students explore their academic gifts. At Roycemore, we believe our approach to teaching mirrors education developed for gifted and talented students and we feel that every student deserves to be taught in a gifted style.
We are a participant in the annual Board Fellows Program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Through this program, Roycemore hosts a graduate student in Kellogg’s MBA program on our Board of Trustees. They are assigned a Roycemore mentor and get to see firsthand how an effective Board of Trustees can provide important and meaningful leadership to a Non-Profit organization.
Our partnership with the Family Institute at Northwestern University has brought important relationship-building and behavioral health resources to the Roycemore community. Their commitment to strengthen the relationships between children, adolescents, couples, and families brings forth a variety of services that can be helpful for all families. These services range from individual counseling, to group therapy, to helpful monthly parenting tips.
The School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) at Northwestern University has long been a strong partner of Roycemore School. We have co-hosted speaker events together and engaged in book discussions about topics that matter to our families and the education community as a whole. Research is also a big part of what makes SESP an academic leader in the field and Roycemore students have had the unique opportunity to participate in various research projects through our affiliation with SESP.
Northwestern University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a vibrant community of lifelong learners with the motto of “Curiosity Never Retires”. Roycemore has partnered with OLLI for a number of initiatives including Tech Tutoring. OLLI members can meet with Roycemore Upper School students for regular one-on-one tutoring to better understand the technology offered on their personal device. This has been a great way for Roycemore students to give back to the community while also sharpening their own communication skills.
Roycemore School has partnered with Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism on past projects, including the first Adobe Creative Jam hosted on a high school campus. Medill students have served as mentors to our Upper School students and as part of the Roycemore staff through the University’s work study program. We have also proudly served as the backdrop for University interviews and in other capacities.
Northwestern University Faculty and Staff Discount
Another important element of our relationship with Northwestern University is the 15% tuition discount that Roycemore offers all NU faculty and staff who are benefits-eligible. This discount not only applies to Roycemore tuition, but also extends to include Extended Day Program (EDP) fees and Summer Camp costs. We are happy to offer this discount to members of the Northwestern University community to demonstrate how much we value this long-standing partnership.