The teachers care. It shows in how many clubs and sports are offered and how the kids are involved. Ethnic fest at the end of the year really shows how the students and teachers work together to put on a great show of all the ethnic groups at Mather and how they teach the students even outside the classroom
Mather has a great staff and the most teachers are very willing to work with students after and before class to help them take responsibility for their missed assignments or just to study for an upcoming test.
Many of the students at Mather are immigrants to America or the sons and daughters of immigrants to America, the school offers a wide range of classes from ESL 1 to 4 to bring the English skills these kids need. Mather also offers many honors and AP classes in every core subject as well as several years of Drama, Visual Art, dance, and Music. It has one of the best student freshman -senior year improvements in all of CPS and an average ACT score of 18 higher than most CPS schools but a little below the state average.
I was about to transfer my daughter to another school but they dont want to give me a release form.. i dont know why and whats their reason.... is it because or maybe their they will get a bad record... but then i want the safety of my daughter... i dont want her getting scared of going to school and i dont want that one day she's going to tell me .. mom dont want to go to school no more its a scary place!!!! So whats going to happen to her future if thats going to happen, if she got traumatized of whatever is happening in the school... the last time they did a random check on students and what did they got from those students knife, drugs.... like everyday there is fight... what if they hit a passing by student and something happen to that student... are the staff going to be responsibe ...are those staff in the school be the one taking care of the md appt and everything.... ofcourse they they will be covering their butts.... they will find ways not to be blame.... my daughter is smart she have all her class in honors.... but then i dont want her to get low grades and affect her studies because of this school..... just release her!!!
Mather has improved so much! Honestly , theres a law academy program there that makes your child to take 5 honors/Ap classes which is basically a IB program. The Tech Academy does the same in Mather. As for Avid helps students who try to succeed to college. Majority of these students are smarter than others students from other schools like lane, schurz, and von steuben .Sports are all Red Division (Second Top division). Principle can hire more coaches for sports and this school will good as lane tech and others.
My Daughter attended Mather Highschool and has a really high GPA. She Graduated and loved all her friends there. Classes are great with Honors and AP courses. Sports should be improving alot more. The Principle has made alot of changes!
Mather isn't the greatest school academic wise, but honestly what you put in determines your outcome. I just graduated and will be attending UIC's Honor College this fall. I was also accepted to Depaul and Loyola. Mather is a great school in terms of diversity and has lots of resources for students. If all you plan on doing is partying and can't muster up a basic level of respect for your teachers, just don't go to high school. I loved my time at Mather. I made great friends and had some great teachers. Mather used to be bad, but the principal is truly invested in fixing Mather's reputation. Anywhere you go in life, you will have to work hard to actually succeed. Don't just go in thinking it's no use to even try to do well.
This school has a difficult time complying with IEPs. The CMs and SpEd teacher handed in false progress reports consistently. The school and The CPS atty violated FERPA laws_they seem to have no basic knowledge of standards or procedures. Yes, someone was brought in to rectify but it was all hog wash_still false progress reports til the end. Some teachers were WONDERFUL, others never bothered to read the IEP_my opinion by their comments that omitted basic issues. Stay Away.
Honestly as a freshmen myself, when i found out i would have to end up going to Mather, i was upset. But when i started here, i was actually surprised with how good the school was. If some dont know, theres a Law Program, its really good. And applying for all honors is something that would be a good choice too. The teachers so far are really nice and helpful. As for the fights and stuff, lets be honest. All schools have a problem with fights, wether its allot or minor. But in Mather, its not that bad. In the end, it depends on what kind of student you are.