Award Year: 2018

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

250 East 111th Street
Chicago, IL, 60628-4324

(773) 535-9930

Ms. Shannae Bea Jackson, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

City of Chicago School District 299

School Website


Brooks College Prep's mission is to ensure each student learns at high levels.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 80%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 74%
Be Collaborative...Be Socially Conscious...Be Courageous....Be A Problem Solver....Be Brooks!!

Be Collaborative...Be Socially Conscious...Be Courageous....Be A Problem Solver....Be Brooks!!

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy ("Brooks") is a selective enrollment academic center and high school located in the Historic Pullman District. We offer a rigorous academic program consisting of Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit course offerings. We also develop students beyond the classroom through seminars, clubs, athletics, community service, and international travel. These experiences combined create a holistic environment in which our students learn to thrive. Drawn from boundaries that span the entire City of Chicago, the student demographic is traditionally underrepresented and underserved in college and advanced careers; however, as a result of the school's intensive college planning and support initiatives, Brooks boasts a 96% college graduation rate and 90% of students attend 4-year universities.

As an institution of learning, Brooks exists as a singularly unique educational environment for each student to learn at high levels; to earn admission with essential scholarship support to excellent colleges and universities; and to thrive and contribute in the world they will inherit as adults. To fully realize these imperatives, Brooks is committed to advancing personalized learning through competency-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment; flexible use of talent, time, and resources; growth mindset culture among adults and youth; and extensive community engagement. Brooks subscribes to a student first philosophy; the school values and validates their voices and views students as co-designers of the learning environment. Brooks provides an array of organizations and opportunities for student expression and leadership based on their interest.