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About This School

Wells Community Academy High School is a public high school in Chicago. The principal of Wells Community Academy High School is Ernesto Matias. 632 children attend Wells Community Academy High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Wells Community Academy High School students have "limited English proficiency." 86% of the 632 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 92% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Wells Community Academy High School is 15:1. Noble Street Charter High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 50% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 44% 47%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.2%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 4%
Asian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 73%
Limited English proficiency 5% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 86% 85%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    wells academy is the most stupidest school in the city of Chicago with the worse staff who strive to provide the lowest quality education in Illinois!

  • (2 years ago)

    I attended Wells back in 1968 -71. I often check up to see how things are going there today. It was a wonderful school back then and I see it still is today! As I am 57 years old now I know all our old teachers have left or retired. Thanks to the Principals staff and students who continue to make me proud! We also have a group on facebook. it's called...."Wells High School 1960 thru 1980" for those that attended back them. Good luck to all your current students! Sincerely Diane Montague.CLASS OF 1972. Wells Loyalty Song........ Wells High we raise our voice to thee. Wells High you have our loyalty fighting and always striving to bring to you a victory. So we'll say Wells High to you we pledge our hearts to you we will be true. Fight on and keep our colors flying silver and royal blue.

  • (3 years ago)

    I transfered my daughter into Wells half way through her freshman year. I had MAJOR concerns regarding the reputation of the school however after researching I found that they were cleaning house. My child has never been happier and I as a parent absolutely LOVE the staff at Wells. Principal Matias is doing an amazing job and has really given the school new vision. He greets parents and students with a warm friendly hug and shows genuine interest in every single student. You just don't see that anymore within school administration. He and his staff are to be commended for their compassion and passion for their jobs. Regarding the things that ppl say about this school don't believe it. Walk into the campus take a tour interact with staff and students. You'll quickly see that this school has gotten a bumm rap. I transfered my daughter from a school with a great reputation which was my reason for putting her there to only have her belittled by the principal and staff. It was a horrible school yet known for being "great". I put her in Wells the reverse happened. A school that's looked badly upon yet I found them to be amazing. Wells Academy has completely won me over.

  • (3 years ago)

    I live in the area and have often wondered why there isn't a good vocational program for these kids. Most will not make it past meaningless jobs. Sad really But scoring 10% accross the board is simply atrocious. These kids CAN NOT compete.

  • (5 years ago)

    The new principal Ernesto Matias began at Wells in September 2008 and has already had a tremendously positive impact on the school. As he himself routinely says 'We have a revolution going on at Wells!' Under his leadership the school has improved dramatically and immediately teachers are stepping up and improving classroom instruction. As you can see from this site students are very enthusiastic about the difference.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a senior at Wells (Class of 2009) & I truly belive that there have been major changes. I have attended this school since i was a freshman & i have never had a problem. It's true that we have a new principal who is helping us reach our goal of graduating because unlike other people he really cares about his students and really belive that we can make it in life. The school has really improved throughout these last years. He is a very good principal he greets you at the door as you walk in & will make time for you if you have a problem/concern. ~Class of 2009~

  • (5 years ago)

    I think people should worry more about the killings that is going on around the world and not the minor fights and argument going on in side of am been here since my freshman year and am doing good plus we are a large group that gonna graduate this year we have a new principle that cares about us graduating that hes made saturday school avilibale for us just get most of his senior class there to graduate. iam proud of the school i go to and it gonna get a lot more better so incomming freshman dont act full we have a good principle be good and dont mess around do your work because if not your gonna find your left behind and have to make all the class you messed around in before graduating and it not gonna be pretty

  • (5 years ago)

    I use to be a student in this school & honestly every school has there ups and down. Its not the teachers counselors or even security guards job. I graduated w/ honors and went to a great school. I did it on my own every kid needs to make the best of the school. The way I did.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's safe there is a new principal who changed everything trust me i'm from wells

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at the school an I truely do not believe that the school is as terrible and as a threat as every one makes it seem. Yes there are some students who are disrespectful and rude but the few students who act this way os not an example of all of us. Outsiders act like the students at the school are alway violent towards each other which isnt true. 90 percent of the fight and argument that happen are resolved with the help of parents and staff members. I think people should worry more about the killings that is going on around the world and not the minor fights and argument going on in side of Wells.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school has not been very safe for many years. I hope it can once agin be in the future.

  • (7 years ago)

    In my opinion we have great teachers at Wells High School and they are putting their life on the line as well as the students that are there to get an education. If there are disruptive students it is only because their parent's let them get away with it.

  • (7 years ago)

    One of the difficulties in this school is that students who are badly behaved--disruptive to class physical with other students (pummeling pushing shoving ) use foul language to others including teachers and students have no check on their behavior. For every offense the student 'meets' with the teacher and that's the end of it. Each disruption each shout out each cursing is treated as a first offense. If the parent defends the student's behavior that is the end of the situation. Good students can barely function in the classroom because of the students who disrupt. Currently 30 is the standard class size. When school starts at 8 the students who are late ( (10 or 12) stream into the room disrupting the class during the entire 43 minute period. For every misbehavior the teacher must call home. Teachers are responsible for 180 students five classes and one division.

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