Roberto Clemente Community Academy

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Roberto Clemente Community Academy
Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Chicago (2006).JPG
1147 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60622
United States
Coordinates 41°54′09″N 87°41′10″W / 41.9026°N 87.6861°W / 41.9026; -87.6861Coordinates: 41°54′09″N 87°41′10″W / 41.9026°N 87.6861°W / 41.9026; -87.6861
School type Public Secondary
Established 1974
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB Code 141325[1]
Principal Marcey Arlene Sorensen[2]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 755 (2015–16)[3]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[4]
Team name Wildcats[4]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5]

Roberto Clemente Community Academy (commonly known as Clemente, Roberto Clemente High School) is a public 4–year IB candidate high school located in the West Town community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Clemente is operated by Chicago Public Schools district. The school is named for Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Enrique Clemente (1934–1972).


The school was established in 1892 as Northwest Division High School, after which the school moved to a new facility across the street named Roberto Clemente High School.[6]

Clemente was one of 16 schools nationwide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning the 2007-2008 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[citation needed]


Clemente offers six Advanced Placement classes and is also an International Baccalaureate candidate school.[7] Clemente also has vocational education programs that focus on culinary arts and radio/television broadcasting. The latter program is taught by a journalist from Chicago's WGN-AM radio station.[8] In addition, students may participate in JROTC.[9] In 2012, 92.6% of Clemente freshmen were classified as on-track to graduate.[8]


Clemente competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The boys' baseball team were public league champions 9 times (1973-74, 1978-79, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1994-95, 1996-97 and 2001-02).[10]

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  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Clemente High School. Retrieved on August 26, 2011.
  3. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Clemente". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Chicago (Clemente)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Institution Summary for RCCA". AdvacedED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Roberto Clemente Community Academy. Retrieved July 2014. 
  7. ^ RCCA IB School. Retrieved on July 26, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Roberto Clemente Community Academy brochure. Retrieved on July 26, 2013.
  9. ^ RCCA JROTC. Retrieved on July 26, 2013.
  10. ^ IHSA: Clemente (Chicago)
  11. ^ Fasman, Jon (November 2, 2008). "Where Words Took Shape: Saul Bellow’s Chicago". New York Times. 

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