Gregory Jones, 2018 Fellow
2018 Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award Recipient
Kenwood Academy High School | Chicago, IL
Jones provides exceptional leadership to over 150 staff members and approximately 1800 students in grades 7-12. Despite the challenges of a school with almost 60 percent of its students at poverty level, Kenwood Academy High School has seen impressive achievements since Jones arrived in 2012. In collaboration with teachers and counselors, Jones’s team dramatically improved the graduation rates, and led a college matriculation program that resulted in a significantly larger college-going population. As a leading indicator of future graduation rates, the freshman on-track measure shows that the graduation rate will likely continue to climb in future years.
Greg and his team improved student attendance and redesigned the instructional program that resulted in a very high percentage of students testing well on the SAT. Importantly, he also led Kenwood to reach the highest School Quality Rating Performance of Level 1+. Jones is keenly aware of student progress and makes every effort to help them excel. When students receive either a “D” or “F” in a course, a mandatory meeting takes place with the student, his/her parent(s) and Jones to review the situation and discuss improvements.
He also fosters a strong sense of community at Kenwood. While college readiness is an important message that Jones shares with teachers and students at Kenwood, he also works closely with their parents during Saturday meetings to help them understand the college application process. Jones strongly supports students’ passions and interests. As just one example, a student wanted to bring a dance studio to the high school, and Jones and his team converted half of the prior cafeteria to a dance studio where now a significant number of students participate.
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