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Our Mission

To ensure that scholars develop strength of character graduate from college as well-rounded and successful citizens, our scholars will master a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, will develop the discipline necessary to succeed in life, and will begin to honor the greater community.

Meet Our Principal

Trent Epley

Trent Epley

Principal, Gary Comer College Prep Middle School

Trent Epley is in his third year as Principal of Gary Comer College Prep Middle School, the only middle school in the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Mr. Epley is responsible for ensuring that the middle school’s vision of developing well-rounded and successful college graduates with exceptional strength of character is realized.

Mr. Epley joined Gary Comer Middle School as the founding math teacher in 2011 and has since served as the school’s founding Dean of Scholars and founding Dean of Instruction. Prior to joining GCMS, Mr. Epley was a 2007 Teach for America corps member and spent four years teaching 5th-8thgrade in Houston, Texas. Mr. Epley received his B.B.A. in Business Management and Organization from The University of Miami and his M.Ed. from the University of St. Thomas.

Mr. Epley enjoys leading the best middle school in the city of Chicago and pursuing becoming one of the model middle schools in the nation! Outside of school, Mr. Epley enjoys spending time with his wife, Giovanna, and his three kids, ZJ, Ben, and Emma. Mr. Epley also enjoys being involved with his church, traveling the world, and playing sports.

Expectations of Scholars

Gary Comer College Prep Middle School is committed to making sure each and every one of our scholars achieves the highest levels of academic success and realizes our goal of becoming well-rounded and successful college graduates. To achieve our vision, attendance at Gary Comer College Prep Middle School requires that scholars conduct themselves in a manner that will assure success throughout life.

As a scholar at Gary Comer College Prep Middle School, each scholar is expected to:

  • Attend and arrive on time every day with all required materials
  • Exhibit our character strengths of grit, zest, optimism, social intelligence, self control, curiousity, and gratitude at all times.
  • Follow the student dress code and code of conduct
  • Do approximately 1-2 hours of homework each night
  • Participate in after-school tutoring sessions if necessary
  • Participate in enrichment, community service and college exploration activities
  • Work on improving or maintaining health and physical fitness
  • Help maintain the school building by keeping it clean and participating in clean-up activities
  • Accept responsibility by serving all LaSalles and detentions earned.
  • Treat GCMS faculty, staff, and other scholars with the utmost respect

These guidelines provide the framework for a well-rounded scholar who will not only excel academically but develop critical social and interpersonal skills. Additionally, a well-rounded scholar should embrace the arts, physical fitness, and other joys of the creative human experience.