Why Legal Prep?
Legal Prep's mission is to prepare Chicago's youth to succeed in college and in life.
Legal Prep will serve students in the West Garfield Park community, where quality education options are lacking. As the following numbers show, the three closest traditional Chicago Public Schools to Legal Prep are not preparing students for success:
|% of students meeting|
or exceeding standards
on state tests
|Dropout Rate||Chronic Truancy Rate|
Legal Prep will provide west side students with the option for a high-quality education that will put them on the path to college success.
|Legal Prep Charter|
|High Drop-out Rate||Individualized Attention & Goal-Setting;|
Advisor Invested in Student Success
|The Majority of Graduates|
are Not College-Ready
|Focus on Reading & Writing;|
Required College Readiness Course
|School Culture of|
|Culture of High Expectations;|
College Acceptance Required to Graduate
|Violence In and|
|Strict Code of Conduct;|
High Level of Parent Engagement
|Failure To Make-up|
|Longer School Day and Year;|
Intensive Remediation Curriculum
Legal Prep will offer its students a college prep curriculum with legal topics infused into the core subjects, where appropriate. Legal Prep will also provide law-themed courses and extra-curricular activities. The legal content is a way in which students can learn and hone their writing skills and oral presentation skills, as well as apply logic, analysis, and critical thinking to legal issues. Law curriculum uses strategies that engage students in learning, foster civic participation, and promote meaningful relationships with professionals.
Legal Diversity Pipeline
Diverse attorneys are vastly underrepresented in the legal profession - only 11% of attorneys are diverse, compared to 36% of the U.S. population. Legal Prep presents an exciting way to increase the pipeline of diverse students to the legal profession. Legal Prep will not only provide exposure to the legal profession and attorney support, but also prepare students for the rigors of college and professional life.
Community of Academic Excellence: Students will be learning in an environment where every one of their classmates is college-bound and committed to academic excellence. Students will be expected to work together and support each other in their studies.
Advisory: Students will be placed in a same-gender advisory section that stays together with the same faculty advisor for all four years. The advisor will help students set goals and develop effective study habits. Advisors will be in regular contact with parents to provide updates on student progress.
Peaceful Conflict Resolution: Students will be taught strategies for peaceful conflict resolution, and will be involved in administering the Legal Prep discipline policy through peer jury and peer mediation programs.
Clubs & Sports: Students are encouraged to be involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities. The following activities will be offered and students will have the opportunity to create clubs with their classmates and a faculty advisor.
Legal Prep Fact Overview
Number of Students (at capacity)
810 (All Grades)
Percentage of Low-Income Students
Greater than 85%
Percentage of Diverse Students
Greater than 95%
4319 W Washington Blvd., West Garfield Park
Free Public School
Open enrollment for any Chicago student
College Preparatory, Legal-Themed
Community Service Hours Required
Number of Students Who Will Attend College