Daniel Murphy Scholarship Awardees

We are excited to announce that this year we have FOUR 8th Grade Namaste students earn the Daniel Murphy Scholarship. This scholarship helps students pay for prestigious private high schools for up to four years. This is a competitive scholarship and over 800 students across the city of Chicago apply for the scholarship every year, however, only about 100 are granted the scholarship. We are extremely proud of our Daniel Murphy Scholars and look forward to having many more join the Daniel Murphy club in the upcoming years.
Congratulations Ms. Jimenez!

Teacher of the Year

We want to congratulate Mayra Jimenez on her dedication to our community! Our staff nominated her as a teacher of the year for her service to our staff, students, and their families. Mayra will be recognized by the McKinley Park Civic Association as an outstanding educator within the McKinley Park Community on April 21st from 3 to 6 p.m
Congratulations Ms. Vargas!

2024 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Finalists

Congratulations! Your teacher, Karen Vargas, has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the 2024 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.



Educating children from the inside out


At Namaste we take pride in our facilities and in our vibrant student community. Our students enjoy a fitness center, yoga studio, and gym.

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Why Namaste Charter

Namaste Charter School is an innovative public charter school serving Kindergarten-8th grade students on Chicago’s under-resourced Southwest side. Namaste Charter School promotes lifelong student success and a love of learning by implementing and sharing a groundbreaking educational model that combines health and wellness with academic rigor in a peaceful environment. It is also a dual language school that teaches both Spanish and English.
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Educating Children From The Inside Out

Since 2004, Namaste Charter School has been a model for the integration of health and wellness programming in school to ensure students’ lasting physical and social-emotional health parallel to high academic achievement. Namaste was purposefully designed in response to research on learning and promotes equity as a school that educates the whole child.

Our Principal

Rocio Tovar

Dear Stakeholders,

Namaste Charter School has served students from the McKinley Park and its surrounding neighborhoods for over 20 years. It remains committed to providing all our students with a holistic educational model that prioritizes health and wellness and a rigorous academic instructional model—at the same time, promoting the full development of bilingualism and biliteracy in our Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program.

Our celebrations this year include:

  • Academic achievement increased in reading by 13% and math by 7% during the 22/23SY NWEA Assessment.
  • 85% of 5th Graders and 100% of 8th Graders to be on the Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy in SY22-23. Compared to 79% of 8th graders in CPS.
  • Four 8th-grade students were awarded the Daniel Murphy Scholarship to attend a private high school with 75% or more financial aid.
  • Achieving 93% of a Healthy CPS Status compared to 75% for district schools.
  • After-school offerings included STEAM programming through the YMCA, middle school sports, tutoring, and ESL classes.

At Namaste Charter Scool, we look forward to continuing to uphold our commitment to our Pillars:

  • Nutrition, Health and Wellness
  • Balance Learning
  • Language and Culture
  • Collaborative Practice

We appreciate your partnership and look forward to elevating our programming and educating children from the inside out for the next twenty years!

Rocio Tovar, Principal

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