Gary Comer Middle School and Gary Comer High School offer a college prep education for students in grades 6-12. Our scholars start early on their path toward our common goal of developing well-rounded and successful college graduates with exceptional strength of character.

Our scholars are engaged in an academically-challenging curriculum designed to accelerate their learning from any beginning level to the skill set and mindset needed to succeed at the college level. Our partnership with the Gary Comer Youth Center empowers the Comer to College initiative, a supplemental program that provides extensive resources for college access and success. Through this program, our scholars receive mentoring and support starting from 6th grade and continuing through college graduation.

With the support of the Gary Comer Youth Center we offer our scholars numerous extracurricular activities and sports programs from 6th grade through the varsity level. Summer programming and enrichment are also readily available.

 

 

School Rating ?

Level 1 ?

NOT APPLICABLE

School Grades

6-12

# of Students

1,178

Governance

Charter ?

Faculty


Trent Epley
Director

Kelly Kelly
Principal - High School

Nora Lawrence
Assistant Principal - High School

Delia Arreola
Dean of Operations - High School

Trent Epley
Principal-Middle School

Brad Johnson
Dean of Operations-Middle School

Hours


8:15 AM-4:05 PM
School Hours
M - R 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., F 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
HS Freshman Hours
7:00 AM
Earliest Drop Off

 

Public Transit


CTA Bus
4, 30, 71

Demographics ?


Asian
0.1%
Black
96.4%
Hispanic
2.1%
White
0.0%
Other
1.4%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
85.7%
Diverse Learners
16.9%
Limited English
0.8%
Mobility Rate ?
10.4%
Chronic Truancy ?
NOT ENOUGH DATA
 0
100

Bilingual Services:

Yes

Classroom Languages:

Spanish

Dress Code:

Yes

Attendance Boundaries:

No

Refugee Services:

No

Title I Eligible:

Yes

Accessibility Level:

No/unknown accessibility

School Year 2019-2020

2019 Profile Page Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1 ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
BELOW EXPECTATIONS ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
ORGANIZED ?
SAT Average ?
916
CPS Average 962
5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate ?
85.0%
CPS Average 78.9%
College Enrollment ?
86.4%
CPS Average 67.2%

Healthy CPS
Healthy Schools Image coming soon ?

Creative Schools Certification ?
Creative Schools Image

Supportive Schools ?
Supportive Schools Image ?

Student Growth By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Student Growth (percentile)
9th Grade (PSAT 9) Cohort
96th
10th Grade (PSAT 10) Reading
66th
10th Grade (PSAT 10) Math
50th
11th Grade (SAT) Reading
33rd
11th Grade (SAT) Math
22nd
11th Grade (SAT) Cohort
44th
0
50
99
Median
Student Attainment By Grade Level BELOW EXPECTATIONS ?
Student Attainment (Percent Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks)
9th Grade (PSAT 9)
46.9%
10th Grade (PSAT 10)
42.2%
11th Grade (SAT)
22.5%
All
38.2%
 0
50
100
Majority of Students
This School's Average Score
PSAT 9 - 843
PSAT 10 - 882
SAT - 916
Progress Toward Graduation and College
Freshman On Track
School (2019)
83.0%
CPS (2019)
88.5%
School (2018)
82.3%
CPS (2018)
89.4%
 0
100
4 Year Graduation
School (2019)
85.3%
CPS (2019)
78.0%
School (2018)
81.3%
CPS (2018)
75.6%
 0
100
5 Year Graduation
School (2019)
85.0%
CPS (2019)
78.9%
School (2018)
84.8%
CPS (2018)
78.2%
 0
100
College Enrollment
School (2019)
86.4%
CPS (2019)
67.2%
School (2018)
88.1%
CPS (2018)
68.2%
 0
100
College Persistence
School (2019)
81.5%
CPS (2019)
73.2%
School (2018)
74.2%
CPS (2018)
72.3%
 0
100
School Culture and Climate Details ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? STRONG
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? STRONG
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? STRONG
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? NEUTRAL
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? WEAK
Parent Survey Results ?
 
School Community: Do parents feel welcome and included in the school? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Quality of Facilities: Do parents feel satisfied with the physical environment of their child's school? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Safety ?
 
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school? WEAK
Behavior and Discipline ?
2018 2019 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students --- --- 5.2
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension --- --- 15.1%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions --- --- 1.9 days
Other Important Metrics
2018 2019 District Average
Student attendance 92.4% 93.1% 92.8%
Teacher attendance --- --- 94.7%
1 Year Dropout Rate 4.8% 2.5% 6.0%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 67.4% 81.4%
Teachers 58.8% 78.5%
Parents --- ---

You can find more information about the measures used in this report on the CPS web site.

The State of Illinois Report Card for this school can be viewed at the State Report Card web site.

Program Application Requirements

General Education

Deadline:  Dec 11, 2020
Grades Served: Entry Grade 9
Application Requirements
None
Selections
Students currently enrolled in the school's eighth grade will have a deadline to submit their intent to enroll in ninth grade if they wish to remain at the school.

Students who are not currently enrolled in the school are randomly selected by computerized lottery. The lottery is conducted in the following order: sibling, overlay, general.
Round 1 Application Information (2020-2021 School Year)
  • Number of applicants: 1124
  • Number of offers: 256
How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.
In-School Programs   ?
  • AP (9) 
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • Agricultural Education 
  • College and Career Academy 
  • College Prep Math and Science 
  • Culinary 
  • Fine and Performing Arts 
  • Humanities 
  • Information Technology 
  • Medical and Health Careers 
  • Performing Arts 
  • Student Leadership and Performing Arts Academy 
  • World Language and International Studies 
College and Career
  • ACT/SAT Prep Courses 
  • College Tours 
Creative
  • Art Studio 
  • Band/Orchestra 
  • Choir/Chorus 
  • Culinary Classes 
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Drawing 
  • Fashion 
  • Film and Video 
  • Modern/Hip-Hop Dance 
  • Musicals 
  • Painting 
  • Percussion 
  • Plays/Acting 
  • Step Dance 
  • Talent Show 
  • Theater 
Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Nutrition Program 
Life and Leadership
  • Mentoring for Boys/Girls 
  • Mock Trial 
  • Peer Mentors 
  • Service Learning/Community Volunteer Program 
  • Student Ambassadors 
  • Student Council/Government 
Parent and Community
  • Family Nights 
  • Meeting Space For Parent Groups 
  • Parent Advisory/Group 
  • Parent Advocacy 
Scholastic
  • Advanced Placement 
  • Chess Team 
  • City Year 
  • Debate Team 
  • Homework Club/Study Group 
  • Homework Help 
  • Poetry Club 
  • Speech Team 
  • Summer School 
  • Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Tutoring 
  • Tutoring 
  • Yearbook Club 
Sports and Fitness
  • Baseball 
  • Basketball 
  • Boys’ Baseball 
  • Boys’ Basketball 
  • Boys’ Cross Country 
  • Boys’ Track 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Chess 
  • Double Dutch 
  • Flag Football 
  • Football 
  • Girls on the Run 
  • Girls on Track 
  • Girls’ Basketball 
  • Girls’ Cross Country 
  • Girls’ Softball 
  • Girls’ Track 
  • Girls’ Volleyball 
  • Rugby 
  • Running 
  • Step Dance 
  • Volleyball 
  • Wrestling 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2019
High School Progress Report - English 2019
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
School Quality Rating Report 2018
High School Progress Report - English 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2018
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
School Quality Rating Report 2017
High School Progress Report - English 2017
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
School Quality Rating Report 2016
High School Progress Report - English 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2016
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
High School Progress Report - English 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2015
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
School Quality Rating Report 2014
Financial
Report Name Date Download
FY18 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2018
FY17 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2017
FY16 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2016
FY15 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2015
FY14 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2014
FY13 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2013
Building
Report Name Date Download
6 Month Asbestos Report Fall 2018
Asbestos Inspection Report 2019
Education Facilities Master Plan 2013
Other
Report Name Date Download
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2019
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2018
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2017
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2016
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2015
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2016-2018
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