Award Year: 2020

John Hancock College Preparatory High School

4034 West 56th Street
Chicago, IL, 60629-4442

(773) 535-2413

Ms. Vanessa Puentes Hernandez, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

City of Chicago SD 299, Chicago Public Schools

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John Hancock College Prep empowers students through academic and social engagement to create change in their personal lives and in their communities.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 3%
  • Hispanic: 93%
  • Asian: 1%
Main student entrance on the northside of the building

Main student entrance on the northside of the building

John Hancock College Prep HS is a hidden gem on the southwest side of Chicago. With slightly over a thousand students, we are a small selective enrollment high school in the Chicago Public Schools district. Over the past 17 years we have experienced many transitions that have strengthened our resiliency as a community, while developing key systems and practices that drive us as a school today. As a result, we have increased our data in nearly every evaluation metric set by our district including college enrollment, earned college credit, attendance and P/SAT attainment and growth. We have partnered with key organizations throughout the years to increase opportunities for students to engage in a variety of extracurricular activities. From theater programs to 3-D printing or civic engagement, Hancock Eagles are advocating for themselves and their school community in a variety of ways. As a democracy school, our students have collaborated with staff to embed student voice throughout the different aspects of their educational experience; from service learning projects to grade-level workshops, our students seek out opportunities to make all feel welcome. Hancock also knows we cannot do this without our parents! We host a variety of workshops to both empower and educate our parents on different topics. When we aren't working, we are engaging in events planned by school and parent groups- such as our back to school cook-out or Fall comedy show. Hancock goes above and beyond to connect multiple stakeholders for the success of our Eagles.