Founded in 2012, Legal Prep Charter Academy is an open enrollment legal-themed college preparatory school for students in West Garfield Park and Chicago’s West Side. The mission of the Academy is to use its unique law-themed curriculum and culture of high expectations to cultivate compassion, self-motivation, and reflection in young adults who will be prepared to succeed at outstanding four-year colleges and universities.
Legal Prep has built out its facility and is bringing in bigger classes of students, so we are seeking exceptional educators who will inspire our students to reach their full potential in a challenging urban environment. Ideal candidates are student-centered both inside and outside the classroom. They are willing to be teachers, mentors, and advisors, and work hands-on with our students.
An educational team member will:
Maximize vital instructional time
Have high expectations of team members and students
Build strong, meaningful relationships with students and families
Support a structured educational environment that hold everyone accountable
Commit to restorative accountability to support social and emotional development
Leverage technology to enhance and expedite learning
Legal Prep has unique value system that makes us different from most schools. We expect candidates to appreciate and embrace our ideals. We are:
Team-Led - The Academy has a shared leadership model that places considerable control and responsibility in the hands of teachers and staff. Candidates should be excited to embrace shared ownership of the school’s success.
Solutions and Results-Oriented - Team members identify goals and then build the strategies and metrics to reach those objectives. We expect teachers to take initiative and critically think about solutions to identified problems.
Reflectively Accountable - Teachers need to look back even as they move forward, and use data to inform future choices. We expect team members to be accountable to agreed upon practices, deadlines, and results.
Honesty - We work with respect and kindness, assume best intent, and are not self-serving. We are direct and professional in resolving any conflict.
Positive Mindset - We have confidence in our students' abilities and our ability to impact student achievement. We also believe setbacks are part of the process of learning and value feedback on areas of growth.
Legal Prep Charter Academies began in 2009 with the vision of two young lawyers who were surprised and confused by the lack of diversity in the legal profession. Sam Finkelstein and Rather Stanton were working for Just the Beginning Foundation, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and improving pipeline programs to inspire young people and increase the diversity of the legal prof...ession and judiciary. Both gentlemen came to the realization that the lack of diverse lawyers began with education. There simply was not equal access to the outstanding educational opportunities which lawyers required for success. Stanton and Finkelstein made a commitment to rectify the problem.
Finkelstein and Stanton spent the next three years raising funds, finding partners, and doing research on how to open, run, and operate a legal-themed high school. After three years of work and research, and Illinois legislation increasing the allowance for charter high schools, their dream became a reality. In the fall of 2012, Stanton and Finkelstein opened the doors of Legal Prep Charter Academy to its first class of high school freshman. The school continues to grow and is now entering its fifth school year.
This past year, Legal Prep graduated its first senior class. 93% of these students are off to college, where they will use their Legal Prep education to advocate for themselves and others and be leaders in their college communities. Though we do not expect all of our students to go on to careers in the legal profession, we do want our students to develop all the skills that great lawyers posses: excellent communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and advocacy. Through our rigorous legal-themed curriculum, extended school day, dedicated instructors, and our various enrichment activities, our students are getting an excellent education that will distinguish them in college and beyond.