It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

The Collins Academy High School family develops “doers” – life-long Warriors – who empower and contribute to their communities.  As the hub of the North Lawndale community, we commit to the growth and success of all our students by providing: rigorous educational opportunities that incorporate social-emotional supports; integrated athletic, artistic, and technological experiences; and early college and career exposure to prepare students to think globally, serve locally.

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Collins Academy High School

1313 S. Sacramento Dr.
Chicago , IL 60623
773-534-1840

Enrollment: 365
A CPS Neighborhood School

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Principal's Message

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Welcome to Collins Academy High School

“I may not be aware of the many things that that happen to my students before they walk into this building every day, but I can guarantee you that when they arrive at The Collins Academy, they are safe, challenged, and supported to be the very best of who they are. We help them to let go of some of the pressures of the world and be kids.  Be bright, fun loving, vulnerable, and resilient kids.  Being the leader of the Warrior Nation is one of the most gratifying experiences of my life because it affords me an opportunity to shape the world of tomorrow, by preparing the architects of that world today.” Principal Sharpe

Performance

Our Growth In Achievement

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Collins Academy High School to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Collins Academy High School is named in honor of George W. Collins (1925-1972). Collins served with the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, held several positions in Cook County government, and was a member of the Chicago City Council from 1964-1970, before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Collins served until his death on December 8, 1972 when United Airlines Flight 553 crashed on approach to Chicago Midway International Airport. Collins was a passenger on the flight.

Collins Academy High School opened in 1976. The campus is located in the northwest corner of Douglas Park and is comprised of three connected buildings: an academic building, a physical education building containing a gymnasium and pool, and a fine arts and technology building containing an auditorium. The building was renovated in 1994.

The former Collins High School stopped accepting freshman in the fall of 2006 and was closed in 2010 after it was phased out. The new Collins Academy High School started in the fall of 2007 with a freshman class, adding a grade each year until its first class graduated in 2011.

The building was renovated again in 2011, which included converting the old auto shop into a library/media center, and creating two distinct entrances for Collins Academy High School and North Lawndale College Prep.

Today, the school continues to share the building with North Lawndale College Prep and operates 26 classrooms serving 400 students.

AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Collins Academy High School to AUSL in 2007 as a training academy. Training Academies are neighborhood schools in which residents are trained. These schools are not turnarounds but were opened with the purpose of developing highly effective teachers for the challenging urban environment.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, the Collins Academy staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone: 773-534-1840

Fax: 773-542-6471

Administration

Mrs. Sharpe
Principal
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Mr. Thuet
Assistant Principal
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Mr. Leonard
Academic Director
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Mr. Claybron
Dean
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Ms. Castelaz
Counselor/Recruitment Coordinator
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Ms. McEwen-Terry
Case manager
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Teachers

Ms. Brockley
Diverse Learning teacher

Ms. Eggener
Spanish teacher

Mr. Mitchell
Physical education teacher

Ms. Collins
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Ms. Isler
Art teacher

Mr. Feldman
Music Teacher

Mr. Murphy
Computer science teacher

Ms. Ogonek
Math teacher

Ms. Williams
Math teacher

Ms. McNulty
Diverse learning teacher

Mr. Gioia
Diverse learning teacher

Mr. Stoffel
Diverse learning teacher

Ms. Johnson
Diverse learning teacher

Mr. Sonnetag
Social science teacher

Mr. Woolums
Social science teacher

Ms. Henderson
English teacher

Ms. Duggan
English teacher

Ms. Finnerty
English teacher

Mr. Golumbovski
Spanish teacher

Mr. Dvorak
Science teacher

Ms. Toma
Science teacher

Support Staff

Ms. Martin
Clerk
773-534-1840

Ms. Adorno
Clerk
773-534-1840

Mr. Glasper
Athletic Director/ Boy's Varsity Head Basketball coach/Security
773-534-1840

Mr. Smith
Girl's Varsity Head Basketball coach/Girls Varsity Head Volleyball coach/Security
773-534-1840

Mr. R. Henderson
Girls JV Head Basketball coach/Security
773-534-1840

Mr. O. Henderson
Security
773-534-1840

Ms. Freeman
Security
773-534-1840

Ms. Singletary
Security
773-534-1840