In order to fulfill their commitment to the Golden Apple Foundation, Scholars must teach at a school-ofneed in Illinois. The Golden Apple Foundation uses two criteria to designate schools in Illinois as “of need”: an economic definition and an academic definition. Each is helpful to identify underserved schools whose students would benefit from Golden Apple Scholars on faculty.
The economic definition of an Illinois school-of-need is as follows: An Illinois school that has 30% or more students receiving free and reduced lunch, according to the School Report Card from the Illinois State Board of Education.
The academic definition of a school-of-need is as follows: An Illinois school in which the combined percentage of its students who approached, met, or exceeded state standards is less than or equal to 60% according to the report card on file with the Illinois State Board of Education. Please keep in mind the "Fast Fact" portion doesn't show the amount of students who are approaching state standards.
All Scholars contractually agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school-of-need. This five-year commitment must be completed within seven years of earning a bachelor’s degree and acquiring initial Illinois teacher licensure in Illinois in schools approved as schools-of-need by the Golden Apple Foundation.