High School Diploma Dropout Recovery

Graduation is a celebration worth fighting toward!Return to school and earn your high school diploma at Ombudsman.

What is the Ombudsman dropout recovery program?

Ombudsman’s dropout recovery program, part of the Chicago Public Schools Option Schools program, is a tuition‐free program that gives students who have dropped out of high school a new alternative option for earning a high school diploma. The program combines online coursework with personal support and face‐to‐face instruction from caring, highly qualified, certified teachers.

The blended learning model at offers young people who have dropped out of school the opportunity to re‐enroll, earn their high school diploma and transition to a path toward their education or career goals.

Students earn an accredited high school diploma, which is recognized by the State of Illinois and allows graduates to enroll in colleges, universities or vocational/technical training programs or join the military.

Who can attend our dropout recovery program?

Students who have dropped out of high school and want to earn their diploma. Students are eligible to attend Ombudsman if they are 21 or younger as of September 2, 2014, returning to grades 9-12, and residents of the city of Chicago.

Ombudsman is perfect for students who would like a structured environment and/or may not have Internet access at home.

How to Enroll
CPS Re-engagement centers will refer eligible students, or interested students and family members can contact Ombudsman directly to begin the enrollment process. Request a call for more information or enroll now.