Alderman Roberto Maldonado commissioned a poll of 300 26th Ward registered voters between February 24th-26th to gauge support for bringing Marine Math & Science Academy to the Ames Middle School Building located at 1920 N. Hamlin in the 26th Ward.
Before Learning about Marine Math & Science, Respondents Supported a High School Change by 48%
A solid majority of respondents supported the proposed change in model even before learning about Marine Math & Science. Support for the change was 48.0% in favor, and 19.0% against.
Among respondents whose children had attended Chicago Public Schools, the ratio of support for the proposed change jumped to more than 55.7% in favor with 15.3% against. Among those whose children attended Ames Middle School, the ratio of support jumped even more, to more than 58.9% in favor with 12.5% against.
After Learning about Marine Math & Science, Respondents Increased Support by 33% to 64%
The level of support among all respondents in favor of Marine Math & Science Academy increased by one-third, jumping from 48% to 64%, after learning Marine Math & Science's offerings.
The top six reasons for respondents in favor of the change were:
Marine's high school graduation rate (34.4%)
Marine's college attendance rate (21.4%)
Marine's discipline and structured school day (16.7%)
Increased safety for children due to the required after-school program participation (13.5%)
The underachievement of Ames academically (12.0%)
The continued bi-lingual programs offered by Marine (10.9%).
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