At Noble, our mission is to instill in our students, through both love and high expectations, the scholarship, discipline and honor they will need to be college-ready and have access to a life rich with options.
Meet Our Principal
When Ellen Metz was a junior at Mother McAuley High School on Chicago’s southwest side, she decided she wanted to teach history to students in Chicago after college. She earned a BA in History and Secondary Education from the University of Iowa and began her teaching career in 2001 at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.
After graduating her advisory at Farragut in 2005, Ms. Metz headed to Noble to teach because she was drawn to the Noble mission. Similar to Noble, she also believed that students, regardless of zip code, deserved an excellent education that could position them to access a college degree. Ms. Metz believes that students need two things from their school: love and high expectations. When you walk into the doors at Noble Street College Prep, both are alive and well within the halls and classrooms. As a dedicated mother and wife, Ms. Metz understands that serving our students and their families is sacred work. Every day she feels lucky to be able to live and work in the great City of Chicago, serving our Noble families.
Goals & Core Values
In order to accomplish our mission, Noble has set three goals. We want our students to be college ready, we want Noble Street to be the best place to attend school, we want Noble Street to be the best place to work. If we accomplish these goals, measured by our own benchmarks, we believe our students will be ready to access a life rich with options. We approach these goals with a values driven mindset, always prioritizing love and high expectations when we make decisions. Specifically, we value relationships, reliability and results, and we share these values with our student body. Building positive relationships, being reliable, and demonstrating hard work through results will provide the foundation to enrich students’ personal, academic, and career goals.
Academic Courses & Electives
Noble Street College Prep offers an array of academic courses and electives that help students create a well-rounded profile for when they apply to college and or pursue other options after high school. See below for more information.
Academic Courses & Electives
Noble offers Honor and AP courses to students who outperform in regular classes.
When students enter Noble, they are placed in an advisory with peers in the same graduating class and a staff member (aka the “advisor”). Students meet with the advisory every morning and at least twice during the week. Advisors check in with students about their grades, classes, and overall well-being, but they also take time to connect students as an advisory, easing their transition into high school.
Academic Lab is a silent study period in the middle of the day. Students can begin their homework, get help from their classroom teachers, and check in with staff members. Students are assigned to an Academic Lab, but a student can schedule a meeting with a teacher during this time if they need extra help.
Every teacher has at least one office hour per week. Teachers are in classrooms 4:10 – 5:10 PM to provide students with extra academic support. This is when students can work on assignments, complete missed work, and connect with teachers outside of the classroom. Visit the Current Students & Families section for teacher office hours.
Noble Street has specific programming to prepare for the SAT tests in the spring. Teachers plan curriculum around this national test, and the school embarks on Acceleration Season every spring. Programming consists of targeted SAT practice and community building activities within each grade level. We find the academic preparation and team building exercises help our students build the confident and skill required to master the test.
Noble allows students to successfully navigate through high school by providing online tools like PowerSchool and Noble Space where students can look up their grades, GPA, class assignments and syllabuses, attendance, demerits, etc.
Noble Street Steppers, winners of Noble's network athletic competition
Seminars, Enrichment, Clubs, & Other Groups
Students at Noble have the opportunity to partake in non-academic classes that perk their personal interests thru seminars, afterschool enrichment classes, student-led clubs, and other groups. Seminars take place during the school day and include gaming groups, fitness groups, and fine arts programming. Enrichment classes are held after school and include music classes, spoken word, and dance. Students are encouraged to start their own club and can be matched with a staff sponsor for after school or seminar clubs.
Students can showcase what they’ve learned in class in Town Hall in front of peers, family, and friends. Town Hall happens a few times a year and is an exciting event to be a part of or to observe!
Girls and Guys Nights
Once a year, Noble hosts Girls Night and Guys Night. The purpose of this event is to build relationships and engage in discussions around self-esteem, confidence, and mental health.
Noble strives to provide students with a quality and equitable education and teach them about the value of giving and serving others. For this reason, students at Noble are required to complete 40 community service hours by the end of their junior year. Most service hours will be completed with their advisory and some individually at sites that are already pre-approved by Noble. See Current Students & Families section for more information.
School Spirit Events
Students can show their school pride by participating in events like Spirit Week and Dress Down Days. These events are fun and some students show off their sports gear or own individual style.
Diversity Dialogue Day
Students at Noble partake in Diversity Dialogue Day four times a year. Diversity Dialogue Days aim to (a) raise staff and student’s personal consciousness about race and ethnicity, (b) interrupt racism within the Noble community, and (c) fortify students’ understandings of their racial and ethnic identities.
PE & Sports
Students’ health and well-being are important at Noble. Noble’s PE courses offer professional and experienced fitness instructors who teach students about the value of working out, eating nutritional foods, and living a balanced lifestyle. In addition, all students are encouraged to join a sport at Noble. See below to see the sports offered at Noble and visit the network athletic page for more information.
Boys Rugby Fundamental Training
Varsity Cross Country (boys and girls)
Cheerleading Training (boys and girls-all levels)
Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer (boys)
Varsity Rugby (girls)
Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball (girls)
Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball (boys and girls)
Varsity Cheerleading (boys and girls)
Junior Varsity Softball (girls)
Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer (girls)
Varsity Rugby (boys)
Varsity Baseball (boys)
Fill the Stands
To promote school spirit and support our student athletes, Noble has ‘Fill the Stands’ days where student peers, parents, and teachers and staff are encouraged to attend a game and wear their Noble Street Spirit Gear. Visit the Current Students section for more information.
To celebrate and recognize individual student athletes or teams, Noble hosts an ESPY Award Night at the end of each sport’s season. Visit the Current Students section for more information.
On certain game days, athletes are allowed to wear their sports jersey instead of their uniform shirt during the season of their sport.
Noble exposes students to the world of higher education from the time they start high school to the time they graduate to ensure we fulfill our mission of students having access to a life rich with options. Noble provides individualized support in the college process to best fit post-secondary plan for each student. Read below about other ways Noble helps students in their pursuit of higher education.
Summer of a Lifetime (SOL)
Students have the opportunity to take a class on a college campus or university during the summer after their sophomore year through the generous support of the Summer of a Lifetime program. Accepted students are matched with programs across the US and get to experience college life first hand. This past year, students participated in programs across 25 colleges and universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University, University of Chicago and Spelman College.
During senior year, students take a College Seminar course to help them prepare and plan for life after high school. Students get support submitting quality college applications, applying for financial aid and scholarships, and exploring majors and career paths. The class is lead by experienced College Counselors who help and guide seniors and their families step by step through the process.
Noble has a full-time, year round Alumni Coordinator who works with students after they graduate to achieve their college and career goals. In addition, our alumni can take advantage of Noble Network’s Career Office for support with resume editing, cover letter reviews, job interview prep, and listings of job & internship opportunities.
Noble’s College Team aims to engage parents throughout the college process and has College Parent Nights at each grade level to work with families throughout their time at Noble. Noble serves many first generation college students, so looks to be a resource for families navigating the process for the first time.
We understand that 8th grade is a crucial year for students as they research high schools and navigate through the high school application process. Noble has several open houses between October and mid-December so 8th graders and their families can visit Noble and see for themselves what Noble offers and if Noble is an option for them. Open House dates will be released in late September.
Noble also offers shadow days and tours by appointment. Families can contact the Main Office for more information.
Apply to Noble
8th grade students can apply to Noble Street College Prep through GoCPS–a common application that CPS launched at the start of the 2017-18 school year for the first time. The application opens in early October and closes in mid-December. Students who really want to attend Noble for high school are encouraged to apply within this application window and rank Noble high amongst other schools and programs.