Kelly High School is located at 4136 South California Avenue in the
heart of Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood on the city's southwest side.
As a regular CPS neighborhood school Kelly serves the educational
needs of nearly 3,200 students within its attendance boundaries.
Despite severe overcrowding, students make remarkable gains in cohort
growth during their four years at Kelly
and it is considered one of the safest high schools in the city.
Kelly students are 96% low income and predominantly hispanic,
primarily of Mexican descent. Approximately 8% of students are
Asian (mostly of Chinese heritage), 3% are caucasian,
and 2% African-American. Students are active in school leadership,
in the local community and extracurricular activities,
and raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to support
school programs and a variety of both local and international
Kelly offers a broad and extensive range of coursework including
Advanced Placement (AP), honors, and vocational classes as well as
respected International Baccalaureate
(IB) and AVID
Tutoring programs are available before and after school, free of charge,
to all students throughout the school year.
The school hosts dozens of extracurricular programs and multiple athletic
teams, extensive award winning music programs, drama
and improv clubs, top notch debate teams,
After School Matters
paid internships in sports and the arts, academic clubs of
all varieties, cultural organizations, student advocacy groups
like Voices of Youth in
(VOYCE), social justice clubs,
Red Cross, lifeguarding, a competitive chess team, arts opportunities and
community development sponsored by
the Brighton Park
(BPNC), and more.
Kelly employs a strong mix of young and veteran educators serious
about student success and academic support.
There are National Board
in each academic discipline
and Kelly's annual teacher retention rates are the highest among
Chicago's high schools--over 90% every year.
The high school is an anchor in the community through a partnership with
the Brighton Park
(BPNC) which brings in needed health
and social services and youth and community development via the
Chicago Community Schools
. The school building is also utilized for
multiple park and recreation programs for children.