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Ombudsman Chicago West is excited to announce our proposed relocation! Click here to read more.


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Why Choose Ombudsman Chicago Alternative Schools?

Ombudsman Chicago offers four alternative school locations to serve students in morning, afternoon and evening sessions, where students receive academic, career/college and social/emotional supports. Students aged 16 – 21 are welcome to enroll. Through partnerships with community organizations, students at Ombudsman Chicago have access to tutoring, job readiness training, job placement, mentoring, extra-curricular activities, counseling and mental health services. This comprehensive approach ensures our students have what they need to be successful now and in the future.

Ombudsman Chicago Programs

Ombudsman Chicago provides students opportunities to earn industry certification in Microsoft Suite as well as college credits and job training programs through partnerships with City Colleges of Chicago.  In partnership with Truman College, Ombudsman teachers provide courses for students to earn college credit on site at our four campuses.  These programs help to prepare our students for career and college opportunities that lead to successful futures.  Students also receive support in applying for scholarships and internship opportunities.

Reaching Your Goals with Ombudsman Chicago

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Students say Ombudsman Chicago “feels like home.” They find it easier to focus in a learning community where there’s no drama or distraction – and where there’s plenty of motivation. Ombudsman Chicago operates four campuses in Chicago, and you can enroll in any location that’s convenient for you.

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Three individuals celebrating an Ombudsman Chicago graduation - a mother, an Ombudsman Chicago staff member, and an Ombudsman Chicago student holding his diploma


No matter what kind of family structure surrounds a student — two parent household, single parent household, parenting teens, a grandparent who is head of the household — Ombudsman Chicago works with each student and his or her family to ensure success. Ombudsman Chicago offers families the opportunity to engage in their students’ education through events, parent meetings and services to support our families.

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Ombudsman Chicago’s staff have a special passion for working with students who are at risk, and they love knowing they make a real difference in the lives of young people who may not otherwise graduate from high school. Our certified teachers, counselors, social workers and support staff have a true career path, with opportunities to learn, grow and advance professionally.

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21st Annual Chicago Football Classic
Ombudsman is proud to be a community sponsor of Chicago Football Classic and we are committed to the pursuit of the program’s tenets: pride, athletic prowess, and academic excellence.
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More than 225 students graduate
More than 225 are graduating from the three alternative high school campuses around the city. Administrators say graduation rates have been steadily increasing, having a positive effect on the community by giving at-risk African Americans a positive path and way forward.
2018 Ombudsman Chicago graduates sitting in a group in red caps and gowns
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  • 90.4%
    graduation rate
  • 85%
    feel ready for future
  • 10,713
    students served