At Pritzker, we believe in giving the students a well-rounded and complete high school experience. We work hard to ensure our school provides all the same opportunities many larger, high performing urban and suburban high schools provide. This includes our intentional decision to employ a full time, on-site social worker to ensure our student’s various needs are met with consistency and care. We offer a plethora of varsity and JV sports including more traditional sports such as volleyball, football, cheer leading, soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball, and more specialized sports such as rugby (girls and boys) and ultimate frisbee. In addition to sports, we offer after school clubs that are created by students for students to meet student interests. These range from yoga and anime to cinema and drill team. We aspire to have something for every student to engage with and find pride in. Additionally, every student gets to choose from one of five electives courses, which they learn as a novice in 9th grade and become leaders and masters of by 12th grade.
To help ensure that no student falls through the cracks, and to make our community more intimate, each student is assigned an advisor and stays with their same advisory class for all four years. This continuity allows a trust and intimate knowledge of each student’s strengths and struggles as they travel through high school and seek support in their college placement and search. Our advisory program is truly something that sets Noble apart, and it is often considered one of the most important aspects of our student experience.
The almost 900 Pritzker students come from the Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Logan Square neighborhoods and dozens of other neighborhoods from all over Chicago. They hail from more than 50 different elementary and middle schools. Pritzker students study in demanding Advanced Placement and honors courses, compete in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and sports. All students at Pritzker take one elective – either band, choir, JROTC, journalism, or speech and debate. All Pritzker students must complete a minimum of 70 hours of community service before graduation as well as pass rigorous athletic requirements. Pritzker students consistently achieve 100% attendance to four year schools and more than 80% (on average) matriculate to four year schools upon graduation.
To learn more about the students at Pritzker select one of the following…
Basic promotion and graduation requirements (academic course requirements, attendance, community service, discipline, enrichment, physical fitness)
Pritzker core programs (advisory, LaSalle, office hours, AIP)
Pritzker Electives (band, JROTC, choir, journalism, speech & debate)
Student demographics and achievements
Resources for students:
Breakfast & Lunch Menus
EasyBib.com (for research citations)
JSTOR database (for research)
OpenClass (for teacher and class websites)
PowerSchool to check grades
Pritzker School Calendar
TurnItIn.com (submit papers)
There are academic, attendance, community service, discipline, enrichment, and physical fitness requirements students must meet to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate:
Academics: To be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate, students must earn the credits from every class in which they are enrolled during the regular school year. Students will take a minimum of four years of english, four years of math, four years of an elective, two years of modern foreign language (Russian), four years of P.E., four years of science. Pritzker also offers 12 Advanced Placement courses (Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European history, Phsyics C – Mechanics, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History, and World History). Students may gain access to advanced placement and honors courses through demonstrated academic performance, commitment to scholarship and participating in the end of year application process.
**Course Failures: Any student who fails a class will be expected to enroll in make-up classes to earn back the credits and stay on track for promotion. Any student failing classes at the end of semester one will be expected to take them in night school during semester two. If they fail classes during the second semester, they will be expected to make the class(s) up in a summer school program approved by the Administration.
Attendance: Learning is only possible if students are fully present and active participants in their education, as a result students must attend school on time every day. Four tardies are equivalent to an unexcused absence. More than 20 absences in a given school year will require summer courses or repeating grades. It should be noted that school-wide attendance is consistently above 95%.
Discipline: Any student who accumulates more than the maximum allowable number of detentions, or more than 20 days of suspension in any one year will not be promoted to the next grade or graduate. If a student exceeds the maximum number of allowable detentions for a year, that student will be required to take summer behavior class in order to be promoted/graduate. The maximum number of allowable detentions in a school year for all grades is 12.
Enrichment: Noble works to develop well-rounded students through participation in enrichment, community service and college exploration. Students must earn a specified number of enrichment credits taken outside the regular school day to be eligible for promotion and graduation.
Physical Fitness: Students must pass the physical fitness test and health test to be promoted to the next grade level and to graduate. The precise guidelines for promotion are outlined in the P.E. syllabus.
At Pritzker College Prep, we organize the core of our school to align with the Noble pillars of Scholarship, Discipline, and Honor. All that we do we is purposeful and designed with achievement and college success in mind.
2,000+ minutes of instructional time per week
- A rigorous core of English, literature, math, science, and social studies
- Choice Classes through our award-winning band, choir, ROTC, journalism, and speech and debate classes
- Summer college programs throughout the world
- Extra-curricular enrichment courses
A variety of athletics, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, cross-country, rugby, volleyball, softball, baseball, wrestling, and ultimate frisbee
- A rigorous physical education program which includes fitness requirements to pass to the next grade
- Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to acclimate students to the elements of self-discipline and leadership
A four year commitment to a minimum of 70 hours of community service for each student
- Community service requirements to pass to the next grade
- Clubs and co-curriculars that focus on bettering the community
- Awareness of the local and greater community built into academic classes
Advisory classes focus on the following:
- Individual character development
- College planning
- Regular communication with parents
- Parent-teacher conferences
- Academic planning and monitoring
- Career exploration and planning
- Records and daily attendance
- Monitor readiness for school by checking for uniforms, assignment book, homework and supplies
Textbook: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and supplemental-reading materials will also be selected.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING
- Office Hours:From 4 pm through 5:30pm after school our students can choose to attend office hours for individual teachers. Each teacher holds after school office hours at least one day per week and students can attend to receive additional instruction or help on specific assignments. If a student is in academic danger, they are mandated to attend office hours to receive extra assistance.
- Academic Intervention Program (AIP):If a student is struggling academically, generally defined by earning a D in a class or a low GPA, that student is automatically placed in a program which provides extra attention and support to raise the grades and academic prospects. Parents receive letters home informing that their student is receiving AIP, the intervention ends once a student has raised their grades to a level that is satisfactory to college admissions.
- LaSalle: If a student does not complete their assigned homework and turn it in the day it is due, the student will receive LaSalle from their teacher and be required to attend a “homework detention” that same day from 4-5:30 pm. LaSalle was created and implemented to reinforce that the student’s day is not over until everything due has been completed and if they have problems or questions on an assignment, they have the means toreceive help.
- Sports: Pritzker offers different sports from fall to winter to spring. Practices and games are often held after school and students must be in good academic standing to participate.
Spring semester is dedicated to financial aid and financial planning. Students are guided through the FAFSA as well as private scholarship research. Spring semester is especially exciting as students receive their college acceptances and make their final decisions about where they will be matriculating to in the fall. Parents are a crucial part of the financial aid and decision process and are expected to play a active role in meeting deadlines and communicating with the college counselor, the student’s advisor and the student about goals, questions and concerns they may have.
Pritzker’s Collegiate Seminar course is uniquely designed to assure students have all the resources and tools necessary to matriculate to and graduate from a four-year university/college. Proper preparation for the academic, financial, emotional and social demands of college is essential to realizing college graduation and opening the door of opportunity to all our students.
Established in 2007, The Pritzker College Prep Music Department currently serves 220 students in band, and 250 students in choir. Approximately 95% of the students in this program have had no prior musical experience. Regardless, they consistently win “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings in festivals and competitions.Check out the Pritzker Music Department YouTube Channel for viewings of our award-winning performances.
Junior Marine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)
MCJROTC’s mission is to develop informed and responsible citizens and to also develop leadership skills and strengthen character. The mission is to promote an understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security. In addition, it is to help form habits of self-discipline. To develop respect for, and an understanding of, the need for constituted authority in a democratic society. This is embodied in the MCJROTC creed:
“I am a Marine cadet
I will strife to live by the Marine Corps Core Values
Honor, Courage, Commitment.
I will be truth to myself and to others
I will not lie, cheat, or steal.
I will serve my school, community, and country.
I will wear my uniform with pride.
I will do my personal best at all times.
I will honor those who had gone before me.
I will respect and honor my parents or guardians.
The few, the proud, the finest! – the Marine cadets
The Pritzker Choral program focuses and musical literacy, performance, creativity and culture. In addition to the winter and spring performances at Pritzker, a select group of students attend several competitions each spring, including the CPS festival, the IHSA festival, and the Festivals of Music contests in Philadelphia and New Orleans.
Pritzker’s Journalism program was established in 2014 and now regularly competes at the Scholastic Press Media Awards and through the Illinois Journalism Education Association, through which students and the program as a whole have won numerous awards. Students in Journalism develop research skills and professionalism by gathering information and writing articles about people, clubs, and events at school and in the community. Student articles are posted weekly on our news website, pritzkerpress.com, and are also published in print in our monthly school newspaper, The Pritzker Press.
Speech and Debate
Public Speaking & Debate is an elective dedicated to showing students that they have the power to be moving, persuasive and professional public speakers. Through speeches, debates, and more, we focus on perfecting the elements that make for good orators. Students in the elective have used their public speaking prowess to accomplish many achievements such as representing Pritzker and Noble at CPS board hearings, emceeing Pritzker events, spearheading the black pants initiative, and much more. Students use what they learn in the elective on a daily basis and report implementing what they’ve mastered in college, the workplace, and beyond.
Students of Pritzker College Prep are afforded many opportunities through their education and extracurricular activities. It is proper, therefore, to engage in service to the community which makes these opportunities possible. All Pritzker students must complete a minimum of 70 hours of service before graduation. The act or event must have a direct, positive impact on the community. In keeping with the Noble Way, our students learn more about their community by becoming actively involved in it, honor their community by donating time and effort, and practice self-discipline as they are accountable to the people they volunteer and serve.
Playing sports at Pritzker College Prep is a privilege. Students at Pritzker work hard in the classroom and that hard work and discipline pays off on the fields and courts. Pritzker has won its share of Noble Network Championships in all of the sports we offer. Our football team went undefeated two years in a row. We have even won a State Championship in Men’s Rugby. One of our alumni was a member of the Academic All-State Football team. Championships and individual honors are great, but what we are most proud of at Pritzker is how our athletes act on and off the field. We play sports the way they were meant to be played. We work hard. Win or lose we work hard. Our coaches understand the culture at Pritzker; this is why they choose to stay even though they might have the chance to coach at bigger programs. They all know that the athletes on their team are respectful, hardworking, and disciplined. Very few high school athletes are going to play in college, and even fewer will play professionally. However, at Pritzker College Prep, each student athlete will be part of a team that will enhance their chances of success in life because of the values that we instill.
Football | Soccer | Cross Country | Basketball | Baseball | Rugby | Ultimate Frisbee
Rugby | Volleyball | Cross Country | Basketball | Soccer | Softball | Cheerleading | Ultimate frisbee