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Since 2004, Namaste Charter School has combined health and wellness with academic rigor in a peaceful environment, paving the way for an innovative, successful new model of urban education that is now being adopted in schools across the country. We are proud of Namaste’s incredible successes as we have grown from just 90 Kindergarten and first graders our first year to 480 students today.

Namaste students are excelling at astonishing levels with 98% of Namaste students in the general education program meeting or exceeding state standards—the highest achievement among all of Chicago’s 61 charter and contract schools (2012 Illinois Standards Achievement Test).

And while Namaste is spending nearly 20% less than the district to educate each student, we are providing much more—including 60 minutes of daily Physical Education, a healthy breakfast and lunch, no-cost family wellness and educational workshops and our “Peaceful  People” conflict resolution program.

Although Namaste receives some public funding, 20% of our operating budget must be raised through private contributions. It is through the generosity of foundations, corporations and individuals like you that we are able to provide the high quality, holistic programming that changes the trajectory of our underserved students’ lives.

Help Change the Trajectory of Underserved Children’s Lives

There are many ways to support Namaste. Whether you join us as a Friend of Namaste, make a one-time contribution or volunteer your time – every amount and gesture makes a difference.

Please contact Allison Lipsman, Director of Development, to learn about the many ways to support Namaste students and how your gift can make a difference: alipsman@namastecharterschool.org or 773-715-9558 ext. 301.

Your Gifts at Work

Namaste Charter School’s Annual Report

Namaste is making a measurable difference in the lives of traditionally underserved children across Chicago and nationwide. Read about our results in our latest annual report.

Friends of Namaste

Friends of Namaste is a new monthly giving opportunity that offers a convenient, tax-deductible way to support our special school year-round. Learn more and join our community to ensure our students have what they need to be successful throughout the year.