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Jones College Prep Seminars and Internships

College Knowledge for Juniors (Junior Year Spring Semester; Regular) The purpose of this course is to help students (1) prepare for the ACT; (2) conduct interest inventories and college major and career research; and (3) jumpstart their college, scholarship, and financial aid research and application processes. This is primarily an exerciseand assignmentoriented lab with occasional lectures and presentations. Students will be automatically enrolled; to opt out, students must complete a form and turn it in to their counselors by the programming deadline. Those opting out should know in advance that the above material, including ACT prep, will not be covered with them on an individual basis.

Prerequisite: Junior standing ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

.5 credit

College Knowledge for Seniors (Senior Year Fall Semester; Regular) The purpose of this course is (1) to relieve the college application, scholarship, and financial aid pressurecooker by setting aside one period per day for students to do this work; (2) to help students understand the complex processes involved and approach these tasks systematically and in an organized and thoughtful fashion; and (3) to improve the quality and eventual success of students’ applications. Like College Knowledge for Juniors, this is primarily an assignmentoriented lab with occasional lectures and presentations; however, College Knowledge for Seniors is much more studentdriven. Students will be automatically enrolled; to opt out; students must complete a form and turn it in to their counselors by the programming deadline. Those opting out should know in advance that the above material, and the provision of support services other than transcript services, will not be provided to them on an individual basis.

Prerequisite: Senior standing. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

.5 credit

CPS Special Programs Gallery 37, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Beverly Arts Center, and the Police and Fire Academy offer special credit bearing classes for CPS students. Each of these programs has its own application process and requirements. Students who make this request will take on the responsibility of researching, registering for, and completing all requirements of these special program choices. CPS Special Programs schedules and applications are usually released after course requests are made. Therefore, students should know that a suitable program and schedule may not be possible in the end, at which time a viable scheduling alternative will be pursued. Please see the Outside Course Policy and Program Information for important details about CPS Special Programs.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, approval from the student’s counselor ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

.5 or 1 credit

JCP Leadership Seminar and Peer Mentorship Program A select group of students can take the Leadership Seminar and Peer Mentorship Program. This class will problematize traditional definitions of leadership and mentorship and will focus instead on collective strategies for individual growth, social progress and community building through acting as a mentor for 23 freshmen and supporting the mission and goals of the mentorship program. Students will read rigorous research and literature related to the high school transition, leadership and youth development, social work and counseling. They will also lead in the development of leadership programming and outings throughout the course of the year. Performance in this course will be evaluated on class participation, effective and creative mentoring practices, and modeling leadership at JCP and to their mentees. Freshmen mentees will join the program through invitation and self and teacher referral.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and teacher approval

1 credit

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Structured Internships

Participating students will be placed in one of several law office environments: notforprofit, government, or private law (both large and small law firms). Students will be placed per their choice where possible, but placement is not guaranteed. Students will depart JCP four days a week to spend in the field at their respective offices and stay one day at JCP for student seminar. Student seminar will consist of related readings, sharing career experience with peers, a guest speaker series, and occasional field trip opportunities related to the field of Law. Note: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and 95% attendance to remain in the program. Students must

score a C or higher in JCP classes to continue in the program.

Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval from the Assistant Principal

½ or 1 credit

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