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Testimonials

The staff at JAHS was very welcoming and has always been very accommodating of my needs. The staff has been extremely helpful to me with everything and they have given me the assistance I needed plus a little extra. The Principal of Jane Addams gave me a great opportunity and set me on a path to find a job. I never felt so welcomed at a school until I came to Jane Addams High School. I would highly recommend this school to my friends because the staff and principal connect with you so much that they feel like family. Jane Addams as a whole has done so much for me since the day I stepped foot in the front door. I honestly thought this school was just going to be like all the other alternative schools I hear about. However, JAHS breaks that cycle and makes sure the kids get the education they need in order to accomplish their goals. The difference between JAHS and my previous high school is that Jane Addams actually cares about your future and will do everything in their power to make sure you get the skills and knowledge you need for college and your career.


-Student



I'm extremely happy with this school. It changed my child completely around, for good and I'm happy with it. 


-Parent




I like this school because my son is now on the Dean's list. He has not had this much success since freshman year at a different school.


-Parent



 

I really like the school because I think they're really nice and down to earth. Everyone has an absolute nice attitude.


-Parent




The teachers are very open-minded on how the students are doing and what to expect from them as long as they do the work assigned.


-Parent



If this school was around when I was in high school it would be one that I would have loved to attend. The structure of it is amazing. I have no complaints at all. Amazing school that I would highly recommend, and have been recommending. I love the fact that students have the option of graduating early.


-Parent



What can I say? This is the best school ever. I had 2 daughters graduate from this school and my 3rd daughter is now attending. Fantastic school. The best in the City of Chicago.


-Parent



Me gusta esta escule porque es una escuela peqena. Los maestros tiene mas tiempo para los estudiantes.


-Parent



I love this school because it helped my daughter. At her other school she made all kinds of excuses to not go but at Jane Addams High School, she goes to school happily.


-Parent



One thing that really makes Jane Addams a great school is that they are a small school so there are very few distractions it helped me a lot.


-Student



Being in Jane Addams High School is like my car finally being put into the next race, instead of going in circles. I am glad that I joined Jane Addams High School because it is a turbo boost to my educational career. The first day I entered the building, I jumped to the conclusion that this was a bad school. But I was wrong. The staff make me feel like someone is always looking out for me and will be by my side. I can tell that this school is meant to get students on their feet and hit the ground running. There are many ways to get your high school diploma, but getting one from this school just feels right. Being at Jane Addams High School has also helped me gain my self-esteem, a lot. I have to say that it is a great school to be in. It is a very structured environment. Jane Addams High School can be the start of a career and the end of ignorance in Chicago!


-Community member



Jane Addams has helped me succeed in more ways than one. The students and staff here have been very kind. I am grateful to have a principal like Ms. Comparini. She is the most generous and thoughtful principal I have ever had in any school. At my old school, Ace Technical Charter High School, I was in the process of dropping out until I heard about Jane Addams. When I say this school has helped me, I truly mean it. I now realize that I would have made the biggest mistake of my life if I had dropped out of high school completely. Jane Addams has motivated me to attend school regularly; stay focused on my studies, and set goals that I can someday fulfill. This school is all about preparing students for the real world. I have spent many mornings thinking I did not want to attend school, but Jane Addams has shown me that attending school will be beneficial to me in life. I have created many relationships with the teachers and staff. Teachers such as Mrs. McDonald, Mr. Avila, and Ms. Stuebner. I am also close with Mrs. Gonzalez.


-Student



Since being at Jane Addams, I have been more focused on my education and actually caring about whether my grades are good or not. I am striving to be a better student than what I normally do. This school has changed my life. No, not the whole cheesy, “This has switched my whole life around,” but in the way that since I failed in the past, this school has motivated me to make up for it. Jane Addams has given me more confidence in myself.


-Student



I’ll start off by thanking everyone here at JAHS for making me feel like I am somebody and can do whatever I put my mind too. Here you get motivated daily to get it together so you can get out of here and start your life. I enjoy how everyone gets on me for every little thing such as assignments, when I miss a day of school, and even being late to a class. It lets you know that they care. Just little things like that motivate you to be a better person and do something with your life. The faculty here truly is something special. I can't say enough good things about my loving, caring, wonderful family that will do anything to get me to see the bigger picture. The support that I get from all these people really means a lot to me, and I can't thank them enough. Without these people in my life I wouldn't be able to say that I am officially graduating from high school in January 2016!


-Student



I entered Jane Addams with a high head and a big heart, focusing on a new a goal: to finish high school with a positive attitude. I became that new student, not physically but more importantly mentally. My grades improved to A’s and B’s. I learned to attend school every day, and on time. The teachers at Jane Addams were very helpful and friendly too! The teachers are readily available to the students this made it easier for me to catch up with the other students in the class. This was great because I wanted to be a better student. I was able to achieve my goal because of the help I got from teachers and the school. Thank you Jane Addams for all you have done for me.


-Student



I’m a parent of a student at Jane Addams High School. I love this school because it has given my son a change to succeed. After just a week of attending Jane Addams, he was very comfortable and excited about this new educational experience. During his elementary years he was diagnosed with ADHD and was determined to be a special education student with an IEP. The schools he attended made him feel that he was singled out and didn’t help his situation. When he began high school, I decided to pull him out and home school him due to his IEP needs not being met at his prior school. After 3 years of homeschooling, I realized I needed more support to get my son through high school and I was fortunate enough to find Jane Addams High School. My son and I love the staff and the teachers at Jane Addams. They are responsive to our needs. The staff are energetic, and advocate for my son. This school is taking care of all my son’s IEP needs and has helped him more than I could ever have imagined. He is stimulated & challenged at JAHS. I recommend this school highly.


-Parent



I appreciate this school and everything they did for me. I came in a 16 year old child not knowing better. Ms. Comparini the principal taught to me a man and take responsibility and not depend on society. I was taught consequences are real and we each determine our own consequences for our actions. I went to a lot of schools and none of them ever taught me the things I learned at Jane Addams. It is one of the best schools out there. When I have children I will be sure to send my kids to JAHS, I love this school. It is an amazing school. I love this school, I really do.


-Student



As parents who have relocated our son several times and have experienced various schools, we can honestly say that this is the best high school we've seen. The teachers are exceptional, and we attribute the overall quality of education to the great teamwork between the teachers and the administration. Mrs. Comparini is an innovative, compassionate, and tough principal who strives to provide a quality education to all students, regardless of their individual strengths. Although some disgruntled parents complain when their own kids screw up and are then faced with the consequences of their actions, we have found Principal Comparini to be the leading advocate for our community's young adults. She has never flinched in her commitment to standing for what is best for her students. The entire staff is absolutely fantastic.


-Parent



If I would have know about Jane Addams high school when my daughter was a sophomore, what I know now, I would have transferred her into Jane Addams a long time ago. Since she stared at Jane Addams 13/14 school year she has blossomed and became more responsible because of Jane Addams high school teachers and staff! My daughter will be graduating in 2016!


-Parent



This school has been so good to me and my daughter. Everyone who works there has given 100% to help my daughter. They are serious about education and prepare students for the real world. I thank God everyday that I found his school for my daughter.


-Parent



Jane Addams is giving me the education I need to move forward and be someone I want to be in life not just for my daughter but for myself. I recommend them for sure.


-Student



What I learned at JAHS and how I will apply it in my future is to perform at my best no matter where I may be. The only one I should be competing with is myself to do better and not focus on what others are accomplishing. What I liked about JAHS was the overall environment.


-Student



My education at Jane Addams High School has been an amazing experience. I feel that I am doing something with my life at JAHS.


-Community member



I liked Jane Addams High School from the very first day. While I have been at Jane Addams High School I have become successful by me taking responsibility for my actions and staying on task and not depending on anyone to do anything for me. I have set goals for myself, making sure I achieve them and being able to complete them. Jane Addams High School taught me so much like how to never give up, never depend on anyone but yourself, stay focused, to always keep going and never stop because you won’t know what the outcome will be.


-Community member



In the past five years I’ve attended six different high schools. I can honestly say that out of all the schools I’ve attended, Jane Addams is the only one that’ll extend any limits to lend a helping hand to their students. I’m very appreciative for Jane Addams and specifically, Ms. Comparini and Ms. Hernandez. One teacher that I really like is Mr. Urbanek. Even though in the beginning he seemed a bit nerve wrecking, I grew to understand that he’s just doing his job. Coming into Mr. U’s class, we have to be Top Notch. He makes sure that we have our school I.D’s, our shirts are tucked in, and that we are in full uniform. This could be a bit irritating, but by him assuring these things, it’s just a constant remember for us to be on our A-game and prepare us for the real world.


-Community member



I love the staff - they are really friendly and supportive. They just push you to the max every single day, but it's a great thing. They did so much for me. I recommend this school because they are not like any other school.


-Community member



I believe that being at Jane Addams has helped me to be more responsible and forced me to really think about what I want to do with my life. The past couple of years gave me some new ideas, which gave me direction. Ms. Comparini and Jane Addams High School helped to prepare me for life after high school. They gave me confidence to enroll in college and pursue employment. Many of the things I learned here I will keep in mind and remember for the rest of my life. If I can succeed here anybody can.


-Community member



I’ll never forget Jane Addams High School. This school is the reason why I’m graduating and why I’ll be successful in life. I’ve learned a lot at Jane Addams, some of the best lessons I have ever learned.


-Community member



People at JAHS made me realize that I have skills, but that I have to tap into them. They made me realize that there comes a time when you have to really think about thinking and that you have to get your act together so that your future will be bright. I learned new things at JAHS that I never learned before. I learned to be on time and to push myself to get good grades. I will apply what I have learned at Jane Addams to my lifestyle. I will try and follow the same steps I did at JAHS be successful in life.


-Community member



JAHS is a good school that wants their students to succeed. I love this school.


-Community member



JAHS is amazing, wonderful and inspiring. I could be myself, funny, smart and outgoing. I love the relationships that all the students have with each teacher.


-Community member



Jane Addams High School was the best High School I’ve ever been to. I will never, ever forget about Jane Addams. This school got me off the streets. If it wasn’t for this school, I wouldn't think I would be writing this paper, or even breathing. This school has improved me so much. The teachers at Jane Addams will struggle with you, until they see you have improved. They know how to teach. You’ll never go wrong at Jane Addams.


-Community member


 

My experience at Jane Addams taught me the concept of second chances and dedication. There’s no messing up or being lazy. I learned to get myself together and do what I have to do to graduate from high school and move on to my next step which is college.


-Community member



Jane Addams has left a huge impact in me. I now take personal responsibility in my choices. I know that my JAHS experiences will help me succeed in the future. Jane Addams promotes a better work ethic and responsibility. Aside from all of this all of the staff is very friendly and welcoming. Overall Jane Addams has taught me a lot about myself and the world around me.


-Community member



I have spent three years at Jane Addams. In those three short years, I have learned a lot more than I would ever learn from my previous school. If it wasn’t for the staff at this school, I don t think I would have made it through high school. Even though this school is strict, and we do have a lot of rules, but if you ask me, they're fairly simple. This school has taught me how to be self-sufficient, think critically, and take personal responsibility. I knew what these traits meant, but Jane Addams taught me the importance of how to use them in my everyday life. While enrolled at this school I have learned so much about myself. I think Jane Addams really helped me focus on what really matters. Even though this school does too much I wouldn’t want it any other way. Maybe if they did less then I wouldn’t t be so close to graduating. JAHS not only made me a better student but a better person overall.


-Student



I’ve had other different experiences here at Jane Addams High School. It is a very small high school. We have to wear uniform but I don t mind it. All the teachers and staff are nice and friendly.


-Student



This is a smaller school and a life changer. My daughter went to 5 high schools and Jane Addams was the only one that my daughter took serious because they are very serious. They don't play any games and the students quickly learn that they need to take school much more serious. She has become more determined and persistent in everything she does - and that she learned at this school.


-Parent

 

What I like about Jane Addams is that they take time with the students; they push students to do better. The principal is always in control, so that the school is organized the way it should be.


-Parent



Jane Addams is a school of EXCELLENCE in my opinion because they are very organized and the kids and the teachers work hard. I have changed since I’ve been at Addams. I was so use to others doing my work for me but when I got here I had to think and do it on my own.


-Student



I have become very successful at JAHS by taking responsibility for my own actions in my life and not depending on anyone else. I have learned to get up and do things myself. JAHS is better than my old school because they don't require unnecessary classes like art or music. The classes are all about English, math, science. This means that I am able to focus on what is necessary.


-Student



Since I've been in Jane Addams I've have learned a lot of things that I was not familiar with and I have realized that I can learn new things by myself as well as with help from others. For example, I learned math stem & leaf plot and also reading themes and motifs. I've also learned to stay calm, take time, and not get frustrated because there are teachers there to keep me on task and who care about my development as a person; not just my grades.


-Student



JAHS honestly changed my daughter s life. Why? Because if she did not go there, I don't believe she would have ever changed and became a better person. I think Jane Addams is eye opening because being a teenager they think it s all fun and games until they go through things in life they never imagined they would. One of the most important things my daughter learned from JAHS was to always put her all into whatever she does. JAHS it feels more like a family than just a school.


-Parent

 

Jane Addams High School really cares about the students, and they know you better than you know yourself. I have learned a lot at JAHS. I have started to learn who I really am. I have learned how to manage real life situations with precaution. Not only have I learned life lessons, I also have gotten an education that will help me succeed in the long-run. The school has taught me how not to give up when life gets rough.


-Student



At Jane Addams I learned that hard work and persistence really does help. If you push yourself and give it your all people will respect you.


-Student

 

All the staff has such a positive energy and you can feel it. When I came here I felt so bad about myself and who I was. My prior school left me without hope. JAHs changed all that for me. They believed in me and made me see that I can do it. I can graduate. I can learn - all things other schools made me feel I couldn't do. They are so supportive. Everyone is welcome here. This is a GREAT SCHOOL.


-Student

 

I love how the staff is involved with students. This is very different from my other school. My other school didn't care and this school really pushes you. I learned more at Jane Addams than anywhere else I have been. I'm now going into the Navy. Jane Addams is helping me make something of myself.


-Student



At Jane Addams High School, I learned my own personal value and what I could achieve in my life through hard work. The office staff, guidance staff, deans, administration and the teachers all want the best for the students. These people earn your trust.


-Student



My teachers are pretty cool and amazing. They are extremely helpful and I feel like they are a big part of the reason why I am succeeding at Jane Addams. My teachers are always smiling and they keep me and my fellow classmates engaged.


-Student



Jane Addams has helped my daughter reach her goals. She got accepted to Alabama A&M University and will be attending there this fall in 2015. I m so proud of who she became and I don t think she would be the person she is today without Jane Addams. Jane Addams really made a big change in her life.


-Parent



Jane Addams provided me with the opportunity to achieve my high school diploma when I thought the chance was no longer possible.


-Student



What I learned from Jane Addams High School is that you have to learn from your mistakes, because it helps you improve so much better.


-Student



JAHS gave me a reality check on life and how I take it for granted. I became more responsible at JAHS.


-Student

 

At Jane Addams High School I learned a lot of new things such as the relationship between teachers and students can be more like friends. Also, you can ask for help about anything, and the teacher is willing to help you out.

-Student



What I really like about this school, the one thing that separates itself from the rest is our awesome Principal, Ms. Comparini. She is the nicest Principal I have ever had in my whole life of school. She really focuses on the students and tries to help them out the best she can, so each of us can graduate and become someone that other people can look up to. Ms. Comparini also gives us many opportunities to better ourselves and improve our grades and school participation. She also gives us many after school activities so we won t be bored. Our principal is the overall best in the world and I want to thank her for giving me a second chance.


-Student



What I like about Jane Addams is that most people that are here are just trying to get themselves together and most mind their own business.


-Student



I became better academically and the teachers at Jane Addams were a great part of me doing well. They have a way of interacting with students that makes you feel important and heard. It molded me into the person I am today, a hard working, persistent, independent, and motivated individual.


-Student



I would like to say thank you to all of the staff and teachers at Jane Addams High School. Without them, I would be hopeless and not striving for my goals and trying to achieve greatness. I love the Jane Addams High School family.


-Student

 

The best part of Jane Addams HS is that it is a college-like experience. The teachers and staff don t hold your hand, but they don t throw you off the side of the cliff either.


-Student

 
What made me successful at Jane Addams High School was that some teachers kept me on track to pass all my classes. They helped me finish my homework or other work for my classes and made sure it got done. I learned from JAHS was to self-control by focusing on me and not on others that would bother me. At my prior school I did not get enough assistance to finish all of my credits and other requirements to pass there.


-Student



I was successful at JAHS and not at my prior school because at my other school didn't care about what I learn they just care about showing up to my classes. At JAHS they care that you learn the material and meet their super high standards by helping you and challenging your learning skills.


-Student



Coming to Jane Addams High School I realized what I was truly capable of. JAHS has given me courage to push myself further in life. This school has changed me for the best, and given me more to life. I recommend this school.


-Student



Being in Jane Addams for only a short time, I have learned way more in Jane Addams than I did in my last high school. The teachers make sure you understand the subject so if you don t they will start from where it all started so you understand everything you need to know. I have learned so much in the little time that I have been here. It’s great.


-Student



Jane Addams has given my daughter a chance to finish high school and move on with her life where other schools did not allow her to. Other school casted her aside and Jane Addams High School helped her to realize her talents to achieve a high school diploma. I wouldn’t send her to any other school.


-Parent



JAHS has by far been my best school. It has been here that I have completely bettered myself as a person, and have been a complete and different person. I do often realize that coming to JAHS was the best second chance that I had ever received, I have educated and furthered myself here as an adult and as a scholar, I am proud to say that Jane Addams High School did not fail me when I needed it most. The atmosphere at JAHS is uplifting and every day is something new and different for me. I am more than proud and thankful for the time I have been here, from support staff, to my mentors, they have all saved my life.


-Student



I love Jane Addams High School because my son is actually excited to go to school now and really learns there. I just love this school. The principal and staff have great team work.


-Parent



This school keeps kids on track. They are very disciplined and the teachers communicate well with students and parents. My son has done very well at Jane Addams and has kept him out of trouble. He went to Kelly, Juarez and Rudy Lozano high schools before he went to Jane Addams and none of those schools compare to Jane Addams High School.


-Parent



At Jane Addams High School I have been successful, developed positive relationships, and gained life experiences.


-Student



Great school because teachers and staff care about our education and well-being. They help with whatever we need. Great school!


-Student



With the strict rules of Jane Addams I quickly grew a dislike for the school. But they really pushed me to do more with myself than I ever thought I would or could. I am a recent graduate and will use everything I learned at this school to continue to go on through college and life owning my obstacles. Thank you Jane Addams for bringing back hope in my life!


-Student



I like Jane Addams is because it s a small school and the teachers are cool to talk to and so are the staff. All you have to do is all your work in class and all your homework. Other students act like this school is hard and think the rules are crazy but in my opinion Jane Addams is the only reason we are graduating and actually going to make it in life.


-Student



The staff in JAHS is cool; they are straight forward with you and know when to joke around but not failing classes and being at school on time is their top priority.


-Student



Jane Addams made me a different person they made me open my eyes and realized that anything is possible if you put your mind into it.


-Student



What I learned in Jane Addams is respect, safety and engagement. I also learned about myself. I learned that I can accomplish anything I want if I have my mind set to it. Anything is possible.


-Student



From the 3 High Schools I have attended, Jane Addams is where I experienced most of my growth as a person. Jane Addams helped me grow as a person in the fact that it helped me overcome the fears of going into college by giving the opportunity to attend college, a year early. I feel as though Jane Addams really gave me that extra push that I needed.


-Student



I appreciated the help that I have gotten from JAHS. I can tell the principal Ms. Comparini really cares about her school by how tough they are on us. I like it though, because they put the students in check, so then they will not be distracted, and can pay attention to what they have to do. The teachers are a big help to, if it was not for Mrs. McDonald I probably would not have been able to complete everything I have. She is constantly pushing everyone forward, and to improve. That is how a lot of the teachers are here.


-Student



Jane Addams High School provided me with an atmosphere which allowed me to go from a girl to a young woman. The academic aspect of JAHS has given me a better understanding of things that I will be using in college and my future, and some things that I will probably never come across in my following years. I know that my experience at Jane Addams will never be forgotten, and served as a path to success in the future.


-Student



I am happy that I came to Jane Addams. There are many things I like about this school. The people here have helped me overcome challenging issues in my life. I believe that if you try and never give up in life you can be successful and meet goals in your life you thought you never had. I am glad I made the right choice to come to Jane Addams.


-Student



During the time I have been in Jane Addams I have become a better person. The many things that I have learned in Jane Addams are things I need in life. I have been molded into a sophisticated, responsible, and self-sufficient human being. I will forever have fond memories of being in this high school that has changed my life completely.

-Student



I like Jane Addams High School, because it s like old fashion and they don t want you to waste time, just do your work and that s it.


-Parent



Jane Addams has shaped my daughter into the person she is now. It is nearly impossible to sum up all the obstacles she had to overcome to get to where she is at. Through many laughs, tears and ups and downs, she finally learned how to be determined, focused, and independent and I have to thank Jane Addams for all this.


-Parent



Jane Addams has taught me a lot. This is where I learned to mature and be responsible. Education wise I learned a lot, I have the best of grades I ever had. My last report card I got all "A's" and one "B", and I owe it all to my teachers for helping me understand topics and ideas I have always struggled with.


-Student



JAHS taught me to never give up on something when you’re so close to it and not to let people drag you down. I am finally going to get my high school diploma from Jane Addams High School. I never thought this would happen. I can be proud of myself and say I went to hell and back and I still managed to graduate high school. At my prior schools my mind-set was so messed up I just did no t care and neither did the teachers. But at JAHS they didn’t t let me give up on me when I was going to give up on myself. They are going above and beyond to help me.


-Student



Before Jane Addams I went to a military school. I was not the best student. I am now at the school that I know I was meant to be at. Jane Addams High School. I entered Jane Addams with my head held high a big heart. I was focused and my goal was to finish high school on a positive note. I literally became a new student. Not physically but mentally. My grades became A’s and B’s and I attended school every day and on time. The teachers were very friendly and helpful. They took things slow so I could catch up with everyone else in the class. I was able to achieve that because of the help I got from teachers and the school. Jane Addams has taught me how to be responsible and be patient with things that are needed. My teachers helped me with math skills that I actually use in my everyday life.


-Student



Best... School.....Ever. Finally a school that teaches respect and responsibility. I can never thank them enough. I know my son put them through a lot, but the positive changes my son made there make me forever grateful.


-Parent



My son has accomplished more at Jane Addams in one year than he had accomplished in 3 years at Chicago Bulls College Prep! I am ecstatic he is at this school. This school motivated him like I have never seen him. Jane Addams is the best thing that happened to me and my son!


-Parent



Jane Addams has helped me become responsible and organized. I became a different person here because Jane Addams has assisted me in changing my bad habits. Now I do all my work and come to school on time. Jane Addams is a great school and if you can get in, you should.


-Student



I was successful in JAHS because I had teachers and staff that met one on one with me and pointed out what had to be done or I wasn't going to succeed. They helped me define my plan to graduate and pointed out the choices available to me. I never felt the support at my other high school, like I did at JAHS. I am grateful I got a second chance at JAHS if not I would of probably be just another kid on the streets. JAHS has given me the motivation I needed to finish high school.


-Student



JAHS extended their hand out to me and my daughter. My daughter has accomplished a lot since she has been here. She did much better here than at her other school. This is a phenomenal school. The register, principal, attendance person just opened their hearts to me and my daughter and I appreciate them. I would highly HIGHLY recommend any parent looking for a high school to choose Jane Addams High School.


-Parent



This school sticks to the rules. They are strict but really care about the students. My son has only attended a short time, but I already see a difference in him. I am so grateful and overwhelmed in a good way that I was able to get him out of Noble and into Jane Addams.


-Parent



Jane Addams has helped me realize that I can be successful. This is all thanks to all the teachers and staff who have helped me and who supported me.


-Student



I love Jane Addams because the staff really works with my granddaughter. Every time I go there they greet me with open arms and it's always a positive environment vibe. I have seen her become more productive and she has become more responsible since attending Jane Addams.


-Parent



At Jane Addams High School, I have become an overall better student like I had planned and hoped to be. Before Jane Addams, I wouldn’t do my work in class and now I make sure all my assignments are turned in. My grades are better than ever and my GPA has increased.


-Student



When I started at Jane Addams, the students there were very friendly, the staff was helpful, and the rules were strict, but I felt like that s what I needed since I wanted to do well in school. Jane Addams was an entirely new and different experience for me. JAHS has really changed my perception on education. Before, it was all fun and games, but now, it s all about being on task and putting effort into your work. My goals are to graduate from JAHS and get my high school diploma. Being absent, tardy, or even ditching school is not a problem for me anymore. This school fixed that and also fixed the way I do things. I don t do things just to do them, and I also think of the consequences and the outcome of my decisions. This is why I would love to thank every single staff member at this school and all the people that supported me.


-Student



Jane Addams does not give up on their students. Jane Addams High School teachers and staff give the support their students need to achieve.


-Student



The memories I had at Jane Addams well let me start out by saying there is a wonderful teacher names Ms. McDonald. She continuously watches out for me and encourages me to do well in school. Jane Addams High School has wonderful teachers who truly care for you. Becoming a student at Jane Addams has made me realize that there is more to life. The principal, Ms. Comparini, keeps us on our toes. There are many rules here at Jane Addams; I now understand that they are for our own good. They are in place to help us learn to achieve our goals. However, our principal also makes time for fun. Jane Addams has taught me to be a more responsible person. I will never forget my years as a student at Jane Addams High School.


-Student



At Tilden I really never learned much because everyone just came to school to do nothing. Tilden was never strict; basically the students ran the school. Jane Addams has changed my perspective on Chicago High Schools and given me a better chance for my future. JAHS expects to do everything on your own so if you don t want to go to detention it s your responsibility to do what you have to do. Missing work is your responsibility to get on your own and if you don t it s your grade that is going to drop. The school motto, OWN IT, further instills the idea that you are truly the only person who owns your future.


-Student



Jane Addams has made me successful thanks to the teachers. Some of the teachers have made an impact on my education. For example, I have always disliked history. It has been my least favorite subject since day one. This year I was lucky to have a teacher like Ms. Kijek. She has been my only history teacher to get and keep my attention on the subject. I have learned so much here at Jane Addams High school. Jane Addams helped me complete high school.


-Student



Junior year I had to transfer schools. This happened because I felt the school I was at was not organized enough for me as an individual. I transferred to JAHS, and I fell in love with it. The people at JAHS know what they were doing.


-Student


 

Jane Addams had given me a second chance and I believe that I was successful at Jane Addams and not at my other school because I learned from my own mistakes. Sometimes people need to learn the hard way. At Jane Addams I learned a few things about myself. I learned to not rely on my friends. I learned that the only person that will suffer from my mistakes is me. I also learned that giving up is not an option. I will apply what I have learned at Jane Addams in my life by always referring back to my academics and keeping the words of wisdom from my teachers in the back of my head when I am down and giving up.


-Student



Coming to Jane Addams I have learned that Public High school just give out grades and don t grade you on your grade level. I was successful at Jane Addams and not Hyde Park or James H. Bowen because I was receiving A s and B s thinking I was very smart and did not even realize I was not even reading or doing math on a high school grade level. Jane Addams helped me get to where I need to be with my reading and math.


-Student



My daughter attended this school several years ago and now my son goes there now. The teachers are all different than before but they are fantastic. The other teachers were really good, but the new ones are even better!!! Hats off to a well run school.


-Parent



Going to JAHS has given me a second opportunity to finish high school. Here at JAHS teachers and staff teach you how to grow as student. They also teach you how to prepare yourself for the future and future obstacles in life. After coming to JAHS I have learned that in life there are second opportunities to actually become someone. If I would not have came across JAHS who knows where I would be today: maybe working a minimum wage job ten hours every day or maybe doing nothing at all. Now I have the opportunity in life to get out into the world and not being afraid of getting put down.


-Student



When I came to Jane Adams I felt like I had a do-over in high school. I was glad that I've heard about this school and that I will get a chance to graduate on time. I knew I had to get my act together and leave all my bad habits behind. I had a chance to start all over and I was not going to mess it up. In Jane Adams I have learned that discipline is applied to make students act like young adults.


-Student



I am focused, on track and I am graduating from JAHS because it taught me how to become responsible, self sufficient and independent. Attending Jane Addams High School it showed me how to complete and take my time and complete my work. This could also carry on with my career because I would know how to act in public and how to stay consistent and dedicated to my job or college.


-Student



In my year of attending Jane Addams, I have been very successful. The things that contributed to my success were my family, my principal, teachers and me just personally wanting to succeed in my heart. I have learned so much in so little time at Jane Addams like learning what it means and how to be self sufficient and responsible. This school just molds you into the individual you thought you never could be. That s what I absolutely love about it. I was much more successful at Jane Addams than I was at Curie High school because the teachers here actually care. The experiences were a huge difference. I will apply everything that I have learned at Jane Addams to my everyday life. This school has changed me mentally. I view life a totally different way now and I give thanks to JAHS.


-Student



Jane Addams changed me completely. When I arrived here I was a little boy looking to grow into a man. I was taught that choices make you a man, but being here in Jane Addams taught me that responsibility makes you a man. My short experience in this high school has changed my entire outlook on life. Being here inspired me to become something other than a statistic. The teachers and the staff never treated me as a student, in Jane Addams we are all like a family. Just like a family they have instilled morals and values in to me and every other student and that s what makes Jane Addams such a great school. Upon my graduation from Jane Addams I will be enlisting into the United Stated Air Force. Being here taught me that I m held responsible for my actions and my parent can t save me. Being in Jane Addams made me into an adult and I will forever be thankful for the lesson s my principal and administration has taught me.


-Student



My freshman year I attended UIC College Prep. Once I left UICCP, I started my sophomore year at Banner South. Banner was easy. Just showing up and writing your name on a sheet paper, you re passing. I started at JAHS in January 2013. I m not going to sugar coat this. I hated everything about this school. I did not want to come at all. There was nothing that was going to keep me here. I still had the thirst to fight anyone and everyone. I had planned on calling people up here to fight, but if I did that I would’ve got kicked out of my third school. This year, a miracle happened. I evaluated my life and where I wanted to go. I need to finish school. I need to stop being angry. I have setbacks, but with getting some good friends here at school, life here is not as bad. Mr. Duszynski is cool with me, even though I enjoy making him crazy. He makes my eye twitch sometimes because he be doing too much. Jane Addams taught me to get my work done, and to think before I react. The teachers have all been interested in me, and my future. Even though sometimes they get on my nerves. I enjoyed it, and I laughed. Most importantly, I learned.


-Student



The skills I have acquired at JAHS will aid me in the various future situations that I will be challenged with. The skills that I have acquired and improved on at JAHS are critical thinking, self-sufficiency, responsibility, and came to an understanding of the meaning of hard work. The things I have accomplished at JAHS will help me in the future because when I m in a bad situation I will be able to reflect upon my past experiences and with the skills I have gained at JAHS, I will be able to resolve any given disputes and predicaments. Furthermore, my experiences at JAHS will aid me to effectively tackle on any obstacles I might face during my college experience. I plan to become a cosmetologist after I graduate. In turn, all of the things I have learned at Jane Addams will pay off in the future.


-Student



Walking into Jane Addams I knew this was the school for me. The staff was so nice, I felt like I had just walked into my new home. I enrolled and I got off to a good start. My teachers were great and would not let me give up. I felt like somebody finally cared about me.


-Student



Coming to JAHS has made me better and also gave me better opportunities; they actually stayed on top of me about my grades. They are really strict, but only because they want us to get further then just high school. I learned that no matter what age you are, it s never too late to get your diploma. I was successful in JAHS because they actually cared, the teachers would persuade you to stay afterschool. They were willing to give you their undivided attention and helping you out.


-Student



Coming to Jane Addams was one of the greatest things I could have done in my life. This school in particular was no joke for me. They not only mastered in teaching the students how to be self-sufficient, personally responsible, and use critical thinking skills, but they excelled in helping the students achieve their mastery reading and math levels. These things are beneficial because they will develop me into a professional adult and I can apply them to my future work setting. The fact that the teachers never gave up on the students, unlike Paul Robeson High School, is what made me successful at JAHS. I have learned that I am a great achiever and can do anything if I work hard at it. Though it was tough, they encouraged the students and stayed on our backs about graduation requirements. I am grateful to have had a wonderful experience at Jane Addams that not only made me a better person, but well-prepared me for my future. With the help of the teachers, staff, and Ms. Comparini, I will be graduating on time with straight A’s and a 4.0 GPA. After high school, I plan on going off to college, hopefully Birmingham Southern College, to major in Environmental Engineering.


-Student



I'm glad my daughter attended this school because they always gave my daughter the attention and support she needed and didn't get from the Chicago Public School. My daughter has grown into a better person by attending Jane Adams.


-Parent



From my experience at Jane Addams the staff is very supportive, unlike my old high school the teachers at Jane Addams actually make sure you know how to do the work, and make sure you understand it.


-Student



JAHS is a great school for the opportunity to graduate from high school and get it done. I am glad I came here and I like the way it is so far. I feel like I am ready for whatever is going to challenge me in life, and I know now that I can achieve anything I want or dream of being.


-Student



My child really got lost in the crowd at the bigger high schools. The individual attention and support has really helped her make a turn-around.


-Parent



My second youngest started there last year. They are well organized, friendly staff and fantastic teachers. I wish I knew about his school for my older children.


-Parent

 

The knowledge and skills that I get behind the high school diploma cannot ever be replaced or forgotten, especially when you come from a great school like Jane Addams.


-Student

 

The classes at Jane Addams are smaller and the teachers make me feel comfortable. I m not embarrassed to ask for help anymore. Jane Addams High School has helped me achieve my academic goals.


-Student

 

Jane Addams made me successful. The teachers and staff give me individual attention if needed. They know us by first name. They are more like a family to me and they want me to be the best I can be.


-Student



I then begin to realize that the teachers, the staff and the principal really did care about me and my education. I never was in such a good environment until I came to Jane Addams High school. The teachers stay after school with me to help me with whatever I needed help with, and tutored me if I need it. The focus here at Jane Addams is for everyone to graduate and become someone in life. They focus a lot on reading and math here at this school.


-Student


When I first started at Jane Addams, she told me not to feel bad because it would only help me to improve my skills. From that moment on, I knew that JAHS was the best choice and place for me. I started to think that this could be a good thing. Being a part of Jane Addams gave me skills and I learned something about myself-- I tend to ask for help when I really don t even need it. Jane Addams has been a really good for me because they took their time to help me improve on skills like my vocabulary, reading and my math.


-Student


Throughout my years in school I have learned a lot, but even though I have spent the least time here at Jane Addams, I think here is where I have learned the most. At Curie I did learn small things, some of which I knew but the rest I just never ended up understanding and so did not actually learn anything. Here at Jane Addams I was able to comprehend more and learn a lot, mostly in writing and English, which was a subject that I was never able to learn or pass. I am happy that I ended up here; I feel that I am more prepared for college than I would have been if I had just graduated from Curie.


-Student



Jane Addams for me was the best choice because it was in the neighborhood and it gave me hope for a high school diploma.


-Student



Jane Addams has helped me because the teachers help me when I don t understand something. I have really changed a lot thanks to this school. I used to be lazy and did not do my work at all, now I do it and I have good grades. Before, I never wanted to come to school, but Jane Addams has made it so fun that I don t want to miss anything, so I have perfect attendance, too.


-Student



Jane Addams has really taught me to appreciate my education and most importantly, love it. The teachers in this school definitely push me to do better and thanks to them I’ve accomplished so much. Everything that I learn here I know I will need in the future. My family and friends have all pushed me to do better as well, and hearing my parents say I m proud of you is a huge step into anything else that I set my mind to.


-Student


 

What I like about Jane Addams high school is that the teachers actually take the time to break the problems/work down so you can get what you’re doing.


-Student



I appreciate all of the JAHS staff because they gave me the chance to complete my degree. At first I was surprised because it s like a totally different world at JAHS. It s not like a traditional high school that I was in before. The small classes at Jane Addams help students to express themselves more. Students here find their own way to lead better lives. In Pathways class we are able to explore career opportunities. Students at JAHS have their own thoughts, and they act the way that they like; they are allowed to express themselves and their needs at JAHS. Teachers listen to what the students want and help them to achieve their goals in a better way than my other high schools did. At JAHS I started to understand that there is no real definition of good or bad because people at JAHS show me that we are all different and special in our own way.


-Student



They have helped me achieve what I couldn't do on my own and made me grow up ALOT. I know so much more in every subject than I ever have. Great environment. There is no struggle unless you make it a struggle. If you do what you are supposed to do, you will have no problems. The person who wrote that the principal doesn't care is just a liar. Probably did something stupid and got in trouble for it. For good kids, this is a great school. I love this school. I wouldn't ever graduate if I didn't go here.


-Student



I this school because the teachers take time to get involved and have great communication with parents. Their first focus are the students and parent communication. The staff makes it a point to get me involved, answers all my questions and make it a priority to get me involved which I appreciate. Small classes and I like the environment. It’s a bright and lively place.


-Parent



This is a great school because the teachers really care about all the students. It's a really good environment and all the staff are super nice.


-Student



I love Jane Adams because they are really helpful and they really care about us. They do their best to make sure we get our work done no matter what. The staffs there are also pretty funny and they will joke around with us if we are having a bad day to help cheer us up.


-Student



I recommend Jane Addams because the staff takes their time to figure out what you need and work with you from there. Assignments help prepare you for college work. My writing teacher taught me to write better. Actually all my teachers have helped me in all my subjects. I look forward to school every day because I look forward to talking to the staff about things going on in my life.


-Student



Thank God for this school. They have helped my son more than I could have even believed. Mr. Fox has helped me understand my son and his school needs. This is the first time I can ever remember my son coming home from school and talking about what he learned. God Bless this school and all the people who work there.


-Parent



I know this sounds weird but I like Jane Addams because it is strict and I have learned to come to school "on time". Coming from a school that didn't care about my education, my math skills have gone up so much now and I know so much more math than I did before. Staff is not there for just a job. You can tell that they really care about us. Before I came here I didn't think I could learn, but now I know I can. Anyone that says anything bad about this school is probably a trouble maker that doesn't know how to act in school and got in trouble.


-Student


 

I went to 4 other schools before going to Jane Addams. I never spoke to any of my principals or assistant principals before I came to this school but I do here. Everyone who works there is great and they help me so much. My teachers are great. After I graduate I want to go to college and come back to work at this school so I can help other students like they have helped me.


-Student



I like this school because my son has improved so much since attending here. When he was in CPS his reading scores were very low and still being passed in his classes. Since starting at JAHS his reading scores have gone up 5 grade levels in just 1.5 years attendance.


-Parent



I graduated about a year ago from Jane Addams High School. I am now in the U.S. Army which is something I always wanted to do and this school helped me accomplish my dream. I think it’s a great school because it gives students a second chance and the teachers care more than any other teachers that I have had in the past. Jane Addams helped me turn my life around. The principal is pretty cool too. ~Scouts Out!


-Community member



This is my first year at this school and it has helped me a lot when I was facing many hardships. The teachers teach in many different ways which has opened my eyes to many new things. I have experienced and learned about many things I never knew about. I feel very close to my teachers and I really trust them.


-Student



Jane Addams has helped me so much over the past 3 years. They have helped me prepare for my future. I like it so much better than my old school in Cicero. The staff shows us compassion and the class sizes are small. They help everyone learn, but what I like the most is that Ms. Marquette and Ms. Comparini gave me another chance.


-Student



I love JAHS because the classes are small which makes it easier to learn. The teachers bond with the students. I love the teachers and the staff, they make learning fun. I have been exposed to many opportunities and made great friends.


-Student



I love this school because they are strict for all the right reasons. This school keeps me on point and motivated. I get along very well with the staff and students and that means a lot.


-Student



The parent review right below this one is spot on!! The admin are highly unprofessional and treat their employees, teachers, and students with NO RESPECT. Their turnover for this last school year is more than 50% of their teaching staff...which is super high for a small school. No open door policy for the principal and you can forget about admin following the mission of critical thinking, personal responsibility, and self-sufficiency. Great teachers are running from this school and you should be aware of this when entering your child in this school.


-Teacher



Jane Addams is a great school with excellent teachers and staff. I used to take the Halsted bus and pass UIC everyday on my way to Jane Addams HS. I did not graduate from Jane Addams; however, I did attain a GED -- ONLY because I was too far behind and did not want to waste anymore time. I had nearly no credits -- BUT that is just ME. YOU can graduate from here, and should do so. They did allow me to take the Constitution test with the other students -- which saved me considerable time when taking the GED. After earning a GED, graduating from Wilbur Wright Community College with an A.A degree w/honors -- I now go to UIC and am 4 semesters shy of my Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. I also plan to go to law school and practice law -- of course -- in Chicago. Jane Addams is a fantastic high school with caring people who work there. I recommend this school to anyone who is sincere about having a positive future and doing what is necessary to further their education (studying, doing homework, working hard, etc). The people who work at Jane Addams give their all and truly care for the students. It is a great high school, and my only regret is not graduating from there.


-Student



They deal so well with even the most difficult students and everyone is heard.


-Parent



Jane Addams is a one of a kind school where the teachers really do care about what happens to the kids there. It is a controlled environment and is one of the best schools i been to


-Student



I graduated from here 2 years ago and I still keep in contact with the people who work there. Even though I am not a student there anymore, I can always call or email Ms. Comparini for advice. She is cool, smart and really cares about the students.


-Student



They are a terrific school. I love that school. The teachers there taught me so much more than any public school I’ve been to. The teachers and all the staff actually do care about all the students.


-Student



Safe environment, certified and caring staff and a very dynamic principal.

-Community member