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Jones College Prep High School

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Posted January 1, 2014

I am currently a freshman at Jones, class of 2017. I have to say that the school is not very rigorous and as competitive as other selective enrollment high schools. If you want to go to Jones, then it is really up to you whether you want to succeed and work with what you got when going to Jones. Yes, the school is welcoming and the teachers are willing to help. The teachers do give a load of homework based on the classes I am currently taking, so it takes me a good 3-4 hours completing my homework. The new building is great and the sport teams are all pretty good. For freshman year, I joined the Tennis team and got on varsity and we didn't do as well as we were capable of, but next year is going to be a big difference than freshman year! I am starting to really like the school, but I think the school needs to improve on rigor in academics even if most students do well based on their grades and exams.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2013

In response to the Dec. 18th post, I say this: I am a freshman, class of 2017. Jones is great, I have adjusted well and have people I can consider my friends. The homework seems light, thanks to the Academic Lab at the end of the day. Jones has countless clubs and many sports teams, your son clearly isn't taking advantage of them. Jones is very laid back, and I feel very loyal to my school, Jones doesn't boast. The new building is clean and pristine, and there is loyalty and respect among all of the Classes. No complaints here, but your son clearly isn't trying, as there are six sport teams every season and countless clubs have flyers out. Don't like what you see in a club? Make your own with permission! Countless options are available.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2013

Jones College Prep is the first CPS school to win the US Dept of Education's Blue Ribbon Award twice. The class of 2013 (200 students) were offered $33MM in college scholarships, and the most recent average ACT score was 26.5. The school is the most ethnically and economically diverse Selective Enrollment school in Chicago, and this year's freshman class hails from 169 different elementary schools and 63 zip codes. Located in the educational and culture corridor of the South Loop neighborhood, a new pre-law and pre-engineering CTE program is being offered this year. The new Perkins+Will LEED certified building will open to the students on Aug 26 after 10+ years in the planning, and its inspiring interior includes a gymnasium, auditorium/theatre, indoor pool, dance/wrestling studio, library, and giant atrium, all of which are available to the public on a rental basis. Dr. P Joseph Powers and his staff are phenomenal, and the teaching staff is unparalleled. Not only is the education experience superior, but the feeling of community among the students/faculty/parents is unique in a high school setting. Jones College Prep is truly a treasured jewel in the city of Chicago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

a nice high school with a multicultural environment.this building is state of the art.to sub and teach at jones is very hard because the kindness of the kids teachers never take off.very smart and advanced students at this school.


Posted December 18, 2012

I certainly hope the new building changes things. While going through the CPS process of getting into one of the top high schools during 8th grade, the whole family picked Jones as their first choice. However, I am a disappointed parent. Whether it is the lack of clubs and sports teams, or the urban setting, Jones is missing is the rah-rah attitude for the school. kids don't hang out. They go to class and leave. My son is a sophmore and there has been minimal "College Days", so I am not seeing my son getting prepared for college. The homework load seems to be very light. He has always been an honor roll student throughout grammar school but is getting B's, C's and now D's, and it is not due to the material being too difficult. It is lack of interest and no action by the school. I have engaged the counseling department at Jones but no plan has been put in place to help my son. He has a twin brother who attends a different college prep, who has school loyalty and many, many friends. The number of friends does not determine the quality of the school, but he seems to be having a normal high school experience compared to his brother at Jones. I am disappointed, to say the least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

parent of a junior at Jones - this school has been the perfect fit for us. The classes are challenging and the teachers go out of their way to help kids. The teachers, led by an excellent principal inspire excellence and genuinely care about all students. We are very hopeful about the next step, our college opportunities, and feel well prepared. Location - fabulous, downtown commute and proximity to lake, parks, library, museums and water tower all play into the student lifestyle. We were very fortunate to have this opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

Jones College Prep however does not really make students prepare to College. To me, it is like high school without any college prep method. Many students on other schools got accepted to top college and recieve scholarship when they take IB courses. For example, I heard that students @ (Curie Metro High School) has a high graduation percentage and got accepted to TOP universities when they take IB courses. So jones is not the only one that got accepted to good college however.


Posted June 3, 2011

This comment is in response to the student review of May 24, 2011. I am also a freshman at Jones and it is an incredible place which offers a wonderful high school experience. Based on my grades in elementary school and scores on the ISATS I could have definitely gotten into at least Whitney Young but choose Jones as #1 since I had shadowed here and looked at all aspects of their academics. It is difficult to hate its "easy academics" when they have the same math program as Northside Prep, so if you are really that bored of school then you should be in math3 which is plenty of a push/challenge for me. Teachers at Jones don't have any problem controlling their classes BECAUSE they are lenient and earn the respect of students. By the way, that's the first time I've seen someone complain about not being punished. However, you were correct in saying that teachers cater to confused students which is one of the best aspects of this school! No matter what your problem is the teachers will make themselves available at virtually any time to help you prepare. They never leave anyone behind because we don't have a six floor building to accompany the 10 people getting straight A's.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2011

I am a freshmen at Jones and I am in love with the school. The teachers and students are friendly, yet competetitive a bit. The Prinicipal is very encouraging and hands on. I am greatful to be part of this prestigious high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2011

Take this as true advice from a current student. Jones should be an absolute fallback school. I turned down opportunities to attend extremely prestigious school for Jones. Coming to Jones was a complete mistake. I should have done more research on the school. The school environment is not ideal, and I feel completely out of place. The academics are a joke. The teachers are extremely lenient and do not push/challenge students whatsoever. Staff caters to the underachieving, and cannot discipline their classes. We are supposed to be one of the best high schools in the state, yet everyone attends mediocre colleges. Please considers all other options before Jones.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

It has the best teachers, students, & greatest staff that any parent could ask for. WHY NOT BRAG ABOUT JONES COLLEGE PREP. I love this school and everything it has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

I am a graduate of JCP and the atmosphere that Jones provides is a breeding ground of individuality. The student body and faculty are very diverse, which provides an array of culture to the small educational institution. This school is not for everyone, but if you are looking for a place that supports and encourages a well rounded individual, this is your haven.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

My child is just about to finish freshman yr at JCP. The school is not as rigorous as other selective enrollment schools and the students are not pushed to excel. There is a 'good enough' attitude that does not well serve all students. My child rejected other selective enrollment schools to attend JCP--not sure we made the right choice. Not many students are on the high honor roll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

When it comes down to choosing a selective enrollment high school, a few but an important number of students want the same thing: a small individualized learning environment where new faces are never seen as just another freshman/transfer student, but rather a inctellectual friend. Our school is not divided by race, class or sexual orientation; our school has no cliques, but rather we are all just a huge group of friends that care deaply about eachother. Our counselors and teachers give students the selective and specialized attention they deserve because of the small class number. At this point I am writing a plea. There has been talk that they are going to change jcp, so that it could be half selective enrollment and half neighborhood enrollment, and also making the classes much, much bigger. We must keep up the quality education @ jones; let's keep what's working and change what's not.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2009

I am a former student, class of 07. Because there is a text limit I will be prompt. I have many memories that span a course of four years at Jones College Prep and I am happy to say that most all of my memories are great ones. Looking back, I am thankful for every professor, coach, and faculty member that encouraged me to find my potential. I can honestly say that JCP prepared me for my next step in higher education. I can also say that JCP did not fail me as it allowed me to become a well rounded person. It also allowed me to view the world from a different perspective. Student body is diverse, the location is great, lots of clubs, the arts programs are amazing, and courses are just what you need to prepare for the next level in your education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2009

I currently attend Jones. I was expecting the world when i accepted, and turned down many academically superior schools to attend this Jones. I feel incredibly uncomfortable and out of place here. The classes are lacking in rigor, and thought the teachers offer support, I am shocked students need it. The school should be thought of simply as a fall back and if you have other options you should consider them greatly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2008

I currently attend this school as a junior and I must say it is a great school. The couselors, teachers, and staff care deeply for every one and each of the students here. They have now started a 7-7-6-6 plan throughout the year that will take action in the year 2008-2009 and even though it is too long to explain here, once parents or students hear it, they fall in love with it. This is an exceptional school and as a student I would definitely recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2006

Academic programs are top notch for a public school. The programs give an adequate education for kids to attend a regular four year college. The school has a strong music program, a great art program, and has plenty of extracurricular activities for the students. Parents are involved in their local school council.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 25, 2006

This is my first year at Jones. It is very diverse and for the most part I like it. This is not the athletics types school, we do well but not at the championship levels. They have very tough work but greatly plans you for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2006

This is my sons first year at Jones College Prep and I must say the teachers are ready and willing to help students that are struggling.The falculty were so kind to my son and I as we went through a personal situation.The courses at Jones is not easy but,with the help of teachers,counslers,and other falculty members they will help your child acheive excellence.Jones has safety and disciplinary rules like any other school putting the needs of the students and falculty first.The teachers,counsler,psycologist,attendence,and all the falculty has shown me how caring they are for the students and helping them in any way the can to do well in school. I am very proud that my son attends Jones they have so many programs to offer the students.Any student that is accepted at Jones should consider it an honour and a privilige the love there is huge .
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

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91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
Black96%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income98%
Non-low income99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)92%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black92%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White99%
Low income94%
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)96%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
Black88%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White99%
Low income92%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)92%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 33% 23%
White 27% 51%
Black 24% 18%
Asian 11% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Paul J Powers

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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