CPS reveals Jones Prep neighborhood boundaries
10/24/2012 2:50 PM
Jones College Prep’s new building in the South Loop is on track to open in fall 2013, and Chicago Public Schools officials are keeping their promise to give neighborhood kids a leg up on admission.
Now CPS officials have revealed exactly what they consider to be the “neighborhood” that will get the advantage.
According to Connecting4Communities Executive Director Dennis O’Neill, neighborhood kids are defined as those who live in the area bounded by Grand Avenue on the north, Ashland Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the east. The southern boundary runs along 26th Street from the lake until it meets I-55, at which point the boundary line moves southwest along the highway until it meets Ashland.
It’s not a pure neighborhood program, though. It’ll be a program providing pre-law and pre-engineering programs to teens. Each program will make up 12.5 percent, respectively, of the school’s enrollment. Local students will get preference for the seats, but remaining seats will be opened up to other applicants citywide.
According to an informational sheet passed out by CPS at a community meeting last week discussing the program, there will be minimum seventh grade test scores students will have to meet in order to gain admission to the school — neighborhood students included. That score has not yet been determined.