On Oct. 17, DePaul University and Gordon Tech announced a new partnership designed to enhance the prep school and elevate the North Side of Chicago’s Catholic high school options. DePaul will work closely with Gordon Tech on strategic planning initiatives, including offering support and guidance as Gordon Tech conducts a principal search for the 2013-14 school year.
The announcement comes after DePaul led a market study to explore Gordon Tech’s current position in the high school landscape and to research how their position could be strengthened. During this strategic planning year, both institutions will focus on enhancing Gordon Tech’s academic curriculum, college counseling services, technology and facilities. Additionally, DePaul will continue to research and analyze market needs to help Gordon Tech eventually compete with both Chicago’s selective enrollment prep schools and the city’s top-tier Catholic high schools.
Gordon Tech currently serves 540 students, which is a significant increase from last year’s enrollment of 434. The coed school, founded in 1952 by the Congregation of the Resurrection religious order, hopes to build on this recent growth to eventually enroll more than 1,000 students. “A partnership with DePaul University will ensure access to educational opportunities for young men and women seeking a high-quality, faith-based, college preparatory experience,” noted Kelly Jones, Gordon Tech president. “We are thrilled to be part of such an exciting initiative that will allow us to better serve students and families on the North Side of Chicago.”
DePaul’s president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., echoed Jones’ enthusiasm. “DePaul believes that strong Catholic education benefits an entire community,” he said. “We welcome the opportunity to support a Catholic institution with a rising academic profile like Gordon Tech.”