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
It can be hard to teach a student all they need at school. Persistence and resilience are two very hard things to teach but the teachers are always on the case of lazy kids and try to instill in the good work ethic.
The kids who go to Mather are generally well behaved but it looks like the teachers are geared toward helping all the students learn to be respectful of each other. For instance there have been a few Transgender students at Mather and they have been helped and welcomed with open arms by the teachers. The teachers and staff have worked hard to help those students feel more at home.
With a very diverse crowd like they have at Mather and the deans of students working on Peace Circles to help resolve conflicts in a way that talks out problems to mutual resolution for students, Mather seems like they are working hard to make the school a good place for kids to learn to take care of each other
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.