BATAVIA – Former Illinois education superintendent Michael Bakalis has announced plans to open a private high school in the fall of 2015 in the Campana building at the corner of Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway in Batavia.
Bakalis, who served as the Illinois state superintendent of education from 1971 to 1975 and was the deputy undersecretary in the United States Department of Education from 1980 to 1982, said the Harbridge College Prep Academy will focus on critical thinking and problem solving.
“I’ve been very concerned about the obsession this country has with testing,” Bakalis said. “We are not going to be obsessed with test preparation. There is no evidence that mandated tests increase student academic performance.”
Instead, he said the school will prepare students for college.
“This is clearly a school for kids serious about getting into a good college,” Bakalis said.
Harbridge College Prep Academy will offer only classes for freshmen the first year, and additional grades will be added in subsequent years, Bakalis said. He also noted tuition for students will become lower each year the student is enrolled.
Bakalis is founder and CEO of American Quality Schools Corporation, a nonprofit educational management organization that has operated schools in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.
Information regarding the new Harbridge College Prep Academy is available at its website, www.harbridgeprep.org, or by calling 312-492-3020 or 844-745-1029.