Award Year: 2020

Jones College Preparatory School

700 South State Street
Chicago, IL, 60605-2109

(773) 534-8606

Dr. Paul Joseph Powers, Principal at time of Nomination

City Of Chicago Sd 299

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The mission of Jones College Prep is to help students development themselves as leaders through a rigorous college prep program that focuses on educating the whole person.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 37%
  • Hispanic: 28%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 14%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Jones College Prep Eagles celebrate National College Decision Day

Jones College Prep Eagles celebrate National College Decision Day

Located in Chicago's vibrant, dynamic "Loop," Jones College Prep is a comprehensive selective enrollment high school. From its inception in 1998, Jones has established a reputation as a school where students from all backgrounds can learn, grow, and prepare themselves for the future in a positive, supportive, and peaceful environment. Jones has nurtured a culture built around our vision of the "Ideal Jones Graduate at Graduation," a person who is intellectually competent, socially skilled and mature, compassionate, socially just and responsible, and well-rounded and holistic. As a city-wide school, Jones has built and maintained a student body that is racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse. Jones is a minority-majority school with approximately 40 percent of students coming from low-income or disadvantaged families. This diversity is a core strength of the Jones identity. Jones is committed to student and family equity; all Jones students, not just a select few, are enrolled in a powerful Honors and Advanced Placement curriculum. Jones offers rich and diverse programs in visual arts, performing arts, computer science, engineering, law, and physical education. A wide range of student-led clubs and cultural organizations are open to students of all backgrounds, further reinforcing the diversity of the school's learning community. Jones has consciously crafted and engendered a collegiate environment, characterized by diversity of thought and interest and respect that empowers students to develop and exercise their individual and collective decision-making skills. At Jones, we believe in our students' capacity to learn and trust them to always do what is right.