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 are eligible to attend Ombudsman if they are between ages 16-21, returning to grades 9 12, and residents of the city of Chicago.
Ombudsman Chicago students earn a CPS high school diploma (not a GED) – and can participate in dual-enrollment with Chicago City Colleges.
This tuition‐free program offers:
- Students who have dropped out of high school a new option for earning a Chicago Public Schools high school diploma
- A combination of computer-based coursework with personal support and face‐to‐face instruction
- Caring, certified teachers in a professional, alternative learning environment
Since opening as a Chicago Public Schools Options Schools program in 2013:
- More than 9500 students have been educated at the four Ombudsman campuses
- Nearly 1500 students have graduated with a CPS diploma
- Have an average graduation rate of 84%