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Community Partners

Amundsen High School is proud to collaborate with a wide range of community partners. The organizations below represent only a few of our partners, and this list is in the process of being updated.  If you are an Amundsen partner organization and your group is not represented on this page, please contact the school and we will work with you to add your group's information to our list.  Thank you!


College Possible


Zoe Call, Senior Coach: [email protected]

George Beecham, Senior Coach: [email protected]


In College Possible’s high school program, students attend after-school sessions for two hours twice a week throughout their junior and senior years. Over the course of these two years, students participate in more than 320 hours of programming in a supportive group of college-bound peers. Coaches implement an interactive curriculum designed to guide students through the key aspects of preparing for college.


Driven and Empowered Youth


Driven and Empowered Youth (D.E.Y) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources to our youth and their families. We have helped hundreds of kids achieve more than they ever thought they could through our after-school tutoring programs. We have seen our students who have experienced this program gain a sense of confidence that has helped them in the classroom and beyond. D.E.Y. provides in-class and after-school tutoring services to Amundsen students throughout the school year.


Dyson Design and Innovation Program


For the first time since it opened its doors in 1920, Amundsen High School is offering an engineering course to the students. Amundsen is the first school in the U.S. to house a fully functional James Dyson Foundation Design + Engineering Makerspace. Students in our Dyson Design and Innovation Program have access to industry-standard engineering equipment, including numerous 3D printers, electronic cutters, digital 3D scanners, saws, drills, hammers, and other tools. The Dyson Design and innovation Lab is also home to new computers with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. Students in the program are exposed to a pre-engineering curriculum in the hopes of sparking students' interest in studying engineering and design in college. Because of Amundsen's commitment to providing its students with a robust education to prepare them for post-secondary endeavors, the school is in the process of creating a 4-year curriculum to support enhanced opportunities for students to participate in the program.


Erie Health Center


The Amundsen Erie School-Based Health Center is dedicated exclusively to adolescents attending Amundsen High School. At Erie, we know that being a teenager isn’t always easy so we are here to empower teens to take control of their health by offering a wide variety of health services. Our services are friendly, respectful and confidential, so students never have to worry about seeking out the care or help that they need. To make an appointment, students should visit the Health Center in Room 307

Friends of Amundsen

Friends of Amundsen is a not-for-profit organization of all volunteer parents, educators, and community members dedicated to supporting Amundsen High School through outreach, partnerships, and fundraising. Our goal is to help the school administrators and teachers provide a nurturing environment for the students to excel and become well rounded and confident young adults through fundraising and community building efforts. For more information please go to friendsofamundsen.org




Contact Sophia Darugar: [email protected]


GEAR UP works with the classes of 2020 and 2021 with the goal to:

  • Increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education.
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education.
  • Increase GEAR UP students and their families’ knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.
Contact Sarah Makela: [email protected]
GROWCommunity (GROW), anchored by CPS neighborhood high schools Amundsen and Lake View and the 17 CPS elementary schools that feed into them, is working to develop a seamless K-12 system of public neighborhood schools that are the top educational choices for families in our community. GROW's work hinges on building better and better-perceived neighborhood schools and harnesses the will, experience, and resources of the local community to help raise the visibility and profiles of the GROW schools, forge connections among them, and leverage resources for them.


Illinois ASCD

Contact Richard Lange: [email protected]

Amundsen High School is proud to be the first Chicago Public School to form a unique partnership with the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IL ASCD). We will collaborate on designing various professional development opportunities for the staff which will best meet the needs of our number one stakeholders - our students. We are looking forward to developing deep ties with IL ASCD on future projects to enrich the knowledge base of our staff in order to support our ongoing goal of continuous instructional improvement. illinoisascd.org

If you have any questions or comments about our unique partnership, feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to tell you more about our collaboration activities.

Northeastern Illinois University

Contact Tim Duggan: [email protected]

The College of Education is proud to partner with Amundsen High School to enhance the educational experience of its students. Since 2012, NEIU faculty members have worked with Amundsen’s teachers to develop curriculum and improve instructional effectiveness. Together we are creating a culture of excellence that includes increased student attendance and success. Amundsen students have participated in the NEIU Student Research Symposium and have worked with professors in NEIU classrooms. NEIU students serve the school through clinical and student teaching, and benefit from the expertise of Amundsen teachers. Current partnership projects include the implementation of literacy initiatives, curriculum mapping, and the development of dual credit options. Go, Vikings!




Contact Yasser Salim: [email protected]


SAGA Innovations helps students in a very direct way. Students in participating schools receive personalized instruction in their regular school day in groups of two from professional, full-time Tutoring Fellows. In addition to academic instruction, tutors mentor students on the behaviors, skills, attitudes and strategies that are critical to academic achievement. SAGA innovations provides regular communication to families, keeping them engaged in their child’s learning, and addressing the needs of chronically under-performing students.


Youth Guidance

Roberto Martinez, BAM Counselor: [email protected]

Through mentoring, role-playing and group exercises, BAM (Becoming a Man) students practice impulse control and emotional self-regulation.  They raise their aspirations for the future and develop a sense of personal responsibility.

Keisha Matthew, MSW, WOW Counselor: [email protected]

Today, WOW (Working on Womanhood) is a multifaceted, school year-long group counseling and clinical mentoring program. WOW works to improve social-emotional competencies for girls in 7th-12th grade exposed to traumatic stressors in high risk and under-resourced communities.