It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

Collins Academy is dedicated to cultivating the intellect and character of our entire community of lifelong learners using the best practices of our profession. We will provide a reflective environment in which students develop the academic and social skills needed for success in college, careers and community life. We will share the Learner’s Life core values of commitment, compassion, integrity and reflection. Through partnership with families and community organizations, we will produce graduates who achieve academic excellence and exhibit social responsibility.


Collins Academy High School

1313 S. Sacramento Dr.
Chicago , IL 60623

Enrollment: 365
A CPS Neighborhood School

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Principal's Message


Welcome to Collins Academy High School

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X.

The Collins Academy High School family will work diligently each day to ensure that every student has the proper tools to be successful contributors to the world around them.

Mrs. L. Sharpe, Principal


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


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 (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


Mrs. Sharpe

Mr. Thuet
Assistant Principal


Leslie Brockley
Special Education Teacher
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John Dudley
Social Science Teacher
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Jen Eggener
Spanish Teacher
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Wyndi Joshua
English/Language Arts Teacher
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Ryan Leonard
Social Science Teacher
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Sean Mitchell
Physical Education Teacher
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Angie Rankin
Special Education Teacher
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Rashida Restaino
English/Language Arts Teacher
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Support Staff

Wanda Martin
773-534-1840 ex. 89370

Melissa Adorno
773-534-1840 ex. 89404

LaToya Castelaz