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Lane Tech College Prep High School prides itself in over 100 years of academic excellence. Continuing the tradition of excellence, in 2011, with overwhelming support from the community, Lane established an academically advanced 6 year Academic Center program. The academic center program provides an advanced curriculum for students beginning in the 7th grade and culminates with a capstone advanced placement college preparatory experience.

The goal of the Lane Tech Academic Center is to establish superior academic expectations that expand the knowledge of our students, allowing them to think critically and deeply. Through gained knowledge, students will assume responsibility, creativity, and curiosity about their individual, community, and societal hopes. By providing an academic environment we empower and encourage our students to pursue intellectual growth, to create and to explore all areas of strength.

What is an Academic Center?

There are differences between the Academic Centers and traditional or gifted middle schools.

The CPS Academic Centers include Harlan, Lane Tech, Lindblom, Kenwood Academy, Morgan Park, Taft, and Whitney Young. The academic centers are selective enrollment for gifted students in 7th and 8th grade living within Chicago. Students must take a gifted entrance examination (as well as qualify based upon 5th grade grades and ISAT scores) in order to attend these schools. Since these are gifted programs, students take classes that are 1-2 years advanced. (For instance at Lane Tech during student's 8th grade year they are able to take a combination of Freshmen and Sophomore level courses.) Programs that do not offer gifted curriculum offer traditional grade level course work. So although a program is housed within a high school, the curriculum may be traditional, and the teachers need not hold a high school teaching certificate.

The Academic Center teachers are certified to teach both high school and middle school (the middle school endorsement focuses on the social/emotional aspects of middle schoolers). At Lane, teachers also have gifted education training, attend gifted seminars, and enroll in gifted workshops.

While there are over 80 gifted programs/schools in CPS, only students in the Academic Center programs can actually receive high school credit for the classes that they are taking. For example, all students in CPS can take Algebra during their 7th or 8th grade year, if they have a qualified teacher and pass the city Algebra test. However, only Academic Center students will actually get high school credit on their transcript. All other students will simply have an indication on their transcript that they took and passed Algebra in middle school.

Lane Tech does not receive any additional support for the 7th and 8th grade program. All resources are dependent upon general monies allocated to the school, much of which is provided based upon student population. That being said, although we do not receive additional support, we do emphasize a middle school model for the 7th and 8th grade in which we have dedicated counselors for social/emotional support and director for academic purposes, emphasizing gifted education and interventions for those not performing to their greatest potential. Additionally, we ensure that students have clubs, sports, extracurricular activities, dances, etc. like typical middle schools.

At Lane Tech and Whitney Young, the two selective enrollment high schools, students do not need to reapply their Freshmen year. Instead, students are automatically enrolled for grades 7-12, unless they decide to apply to a different selective enrollment high school for their 9th grade year.




About the Director





Ms. Cristen Lain

Ms. Lain has been a committed teacher at Lane Tech College Prep for five years. Ms. Lain possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, with Minors in both Statistics in Actuarial Science and worked in a large consulting corporation before completing a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education with an endorsement in Middle School. As a mathematics teacher at Lane Tech, Ms. Lain has taught Regular level Algebra 1, Regular, Honors, Alpha STEM Geometry, Alpha STEM Algebra 2, and Business Statistics classes. Ms. Lain has modified or designed curriculum for three of these courses based on student needs. In addition to teaching, Ms. Lain has worked as the Alpha STEM program coordinator, which entails organizing Lane's science fairs and implementing a curriculum that connects science, math, and English classes. Ms. Lain also co-created and led Lane's first GEMS program to encourage girls' interest in engineering, math, and science fields. Ms. Lain is thrilled to be leading Lane Tech's Academic Center and to be assisting Lane's new 7th and 8th grade students, parents, and teachers. Ms. Lain will also be utilizing her experiences and enthusiasm for cross-curriculum teaching to Lane's new STEM wing and Aquaponics center so that all Lane students can benefit from this innovative new facility.

Contact Info
Email: cllain@cps.edu
Phone: (773) 534-5649
Fax: (773) 534-5544




Academic Counseling


Mission Statement
The mission of the Counseling program is to provide a developmental and sequential program that is proactive in nature. The counseling program will include services that foster the academic, personal-social and career development of all students.

COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
The counseling program is a critical component within our school system. The underlying tenets of the counseling program are the beliefs in the inherent worth of the individual student, and the necessity of the students making realistic life choices in keeping with ability and interest. Our counseling program affords all students an opportunity to address their individual personal-social, academic, and career development needs. Special emphasis is placed on the prevention of problems by providing students with developmentally age-appropriate skills and information, developing career awareness and striving to become future productive members of society. The counselor serves as an advocate to insure that all educational, academic, career/vocational, personal and social needs are met. Through collaborative and effective communication with teachers, support personnel, administrators and families the guidance staff strives to provide appropriate counseling opportunities for each individual student. The counseling program adheres to the American School Counselor Association National Standards.

Ms. Amanda Andros

B.A.S. - French and English - Lake Forest College
M. Ed English Education - New York University
M.A. School Counseling - Northeastern IL University



Contact Info
Email: akandros@cps.edu
Telephone #: 773-534-5428

"Your school guidance counselor is always here to help you no matter what questions or issues you may have."
Ms. Julie Atkocaitis

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management - University of Iowa
M. Ed School Counseling - DePaul University



Contact Info
Email: jaatkocaitis1@cps.edu
Telephone #: 773-534-5524

"Watching my students grow and develop into responsible, well-rounded and thoughtful young individuals"
 
Ms. Meridith Bantz






Contact Info
Email: mabantz@cps.edu
Telephone #: 773-534-5432
Ms. Nikki Constantine

Bachelor of Science in Advertising - University of Illinois
M. Ed School Counseling - University of Southern California



Contact Info
Email: nconstantin@cps.edu
Telephone #: 773-534-5428