Jones College Prep High School

700 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
(773) 534-8600

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Public Grades 9-12 1120 students 15 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

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Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2013-2014 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.
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About this school

Jones College Prep High School is a public high school in Chicago. The principal of Jones College Prep High School is Dr. Paul J Powers, whose e-mail is 1,120 students go to Jones College Prep High School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Jones College Prep High School students have "limited English proficiency." 53% of the 1,120 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 51% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Jones College Prep High School is 15:1. Ihsca Charter High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 1%
Hispanic 32% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 42%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Asian 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 86%
Limited English proficiency 0% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 53% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent of a senior graduating in June 2014. My son feels Jones College Prep gave him more than he expected. He played two sports all four years maintained a high gpa scored high in the ACT and actually enjoyed his high school experience. The teachers kept his interest and the counselors were very helpful. Mr. Powers was a hands on principal. The location was great and my son felt safe and secure at this school. I highly recommend Jones College Prep as it prepared my son to get into the college he chose. He also gained more diverse friends and a more well-rounded experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    l am a parent who is aspiring to get my child admitted into Jones College Prep High School. From information gathered so far and little interaction with School Administration this is a multicultural accommodating student-centered and an excellent academic performing School l would recommend to any parent.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    a nice high school with a multicultural environment.this building is state of the 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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

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