College Prep

Every Student, Every Day.

About Foundations

Who We Are

Foundations College Prep is a public 6-12 school, serving Chicago’s Greater Roseland community. We are located at 1233 W 109th Pl and can be reached at 773-298-5800. For the 2016-17 school year, we are serving grades 6-9 only. Our mission is to empower youth to thrive in college and life by giving them access to innovative educators who teach them to think critically, live with honor, and strive for a better self and world.

Focus on Foundations



Our Foundations

Our Foundations are the founding premises of our school and the principles to which we will hold ourselves accountable.

Students of all backgrounds can achieve at the highest levels. 

We commit to serving all students well and doing our best to keep them at our school.

Great teachers transform lives.

Kids – and college readiness – are more than just numbers. 

Children who come to school with less deserve more.

The “more” cannot rest solely on teachers. Teachers also need sufficient development, resources, and time.

Parents, families, and the community are central partners to our school.

Improving high-performing schools’ productivity and sustainability is essential.

Students and parents deserve full transparency and meaningful accountability. 


Core Values

Foundations College Prep embodies six core values for students and staff:

Change students’ lives every day.

Every day with our students is a gift. We believe in hard work, accountability and demanding the best for­­ and from­­ them every day.

Take smart risks.

We embrace innovation in a smart and strategic way, and view mistakes as an opportunity for growth, not defeat.

Pursue growth and learning

We carry a growth mindset and believe feedback is a gift that helps us continually get better at what we do. We demonstrate – and build in our students – a dedication to, and joy from, a life of continuous learning.

Build a community of trust.

We elevate and support each other through candid and caring relationships. We always act with integrity and treat others – and ourselves – with a spirit of generosity.

Be tenacious.

We are resilient, persisting through challenges and obstacles in pursuit of solutions. We work hard and smart to achieve excellent results and continuous improvement.

Operate with healthy skepticism.

We ask lots of questions and debate rigorously, believing that our students deserve nothing less. We model critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Embrace every person as an individual

We recognize students, parents and staff as individuals, working to nurture distinct strengths and personalities, honor diverse identities and address individual needs.

Celebrate steps forward.

We strive for progress, not perfection. We recognize achievements, no matter how large or small, as steps towards our long-­term goals.

Cultivate passion and have fun.

We believe in cultivating our personal and professional passions. When school is an enjoyable place to be, everyone is better off.

Take the long view

Our community deserves a school that is sustainable and focused on long­-term success. This work is a lifetime journey; we honor the need to nourish our lives beyond the school walls