About Ombudsman CPS

Student and teacher smilingChicago Public Schools partners with Ombudsman Educational Services to help out-of-school and off-track youth ages 14-21 graduate from high school ready for college and career.

Ombudsman Students and Families

Ombudsman students feel valued, respected, confident, independent, accepted, proud of what they accomplish – and hopeful for their future. Eighty-three percent of students surveyed said they believe Ombudsman prepares them for life after high school.

“For the first time in my entire life I can say I’m proud of myself. I’ve never had that before and that is where Ombudsman differentiates from every other high school.” – Ombudsman student

College- and Career-Ready

Every Ombudsman learning community will have a Post-Secondary Counselor and each site will have a Post-Secondary and Career Development Center so students can learn about academic and career pathways. Internships, job shadowing, college fairs, career days and counselors will introduce students to a wide range of opportunities.

Social and Emotional Support

Ombudsman will offer students the emotional and behavioral supports to develop the skills to establish positive relationships and the self-confidence they need to be successful. A licensed social worker will teach social skills, and students may participate in individual or group counseling. A special education teacher will assist students who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

How We Help Students Succeed

Students work in a welcoming, safe and technology-rich setting and receive one-on-one attention from caring teachers.Students will develop strong relationships with Ombudsman teachers, which is vital to helping them achieve high levels of academic, social and behavioral growth. These positive relationships go beyond the classroom to community, church and business leaders who will serve as role models and mentors so students can explore career options and plan positive futures. Our blended learning approach allows teachers to integrate technology into their work directly with individual students and small groups. As a result, students and teachers develop richer, deeper positive interactions and students develop self-confidence. Convenient morning and afternoon sessions allow time for family, friends, work and school.

Ombudsman Chicago Success Book

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Ombudsman Chicago CPS Partnership 2013-2016

Ombudsman Chicago | My Future Matters | Anthony’s Story

Ombudsman Educational Services

Ombudsman’s alternative education and dropout recovery programs help communities combat the staggering social and economic costs of high dropout rates. Established in 1975, Ombudsman today partners with more than 120 school districts in 20 states. We work with students in large urban areas such as Las Vegas, Cobb County, Ga., and Philadelphia. We have more than 20 centers in the Chicago area and two in Rockford.

We utilize a number of research-based curriculum resources to deliver our instructional model. Initial and ongoing teacher-led instruction is tailored to ensure each student earns the necessary credits to arrive at graduation in accordance with his or her success plan. Ombudsman’s rigorous and relevant academic programs are accredited by AdvancED and aligned to Common Core and state-specific standards.

Ombudsman Educational Services is part of ChanceLight® Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education, the nation’s leading provider of behavioral health and education solutions for children and young adults. ChanceLight changes the direction of children’s lives by offering them the opportunity to create successful, independent futures.

For more information, please visit www.ombudsman.com.