About the Program

Dorothy Stang Popular Education Adult High School is a one-year, intensive bilingual high school completion program serving adult Latinos in the Chicago area. Classes focus on social and environmental justice, and use a student-centered, collaborative approach to learning. Students receive credits for their life experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

1. Call us at 773.860.1749

2. Download the Student Application Formand fill it in. Then, either:

a. mail it to us:

Dorothy Stang Popular Education Adult High School
P.O. Box 577496
Chicago, IL 60657

b. or scan and email it to: info@dorothystanghighschool.org

3. Attend an Orientation Sessionfor new students

4. Bring your school transcripts with proof of eight years of education (CPS or other U.S. schools; certificado de secundaria from Mexico; or transcripts from another country)

5. Pay the registration fee

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How long is the program?

In one academic year, graduates receive a high school diploma.

The academic year starts in April and ends in December. There is a break in August.

When and where are the classes?

Required classes are Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., at Josephinum Academy, 1501 N Oakley, Chicago, IL 60622. Optional GED readiness classes are Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.

What can I do with the high school diploma?

Our high school diploma is recognized in the private sector for job promotions and career advancement. Private sector employers value the diploma. Our diploma affords admission to various trade schools and colleges. (For some career paths requiring State licenses the GED is required.)

What academic and life skills will I acquire?
  • Ease with spoken and written English
  • Skills and confidence needed to pursue further learning and/or career interests
  • Ability to research and advocate for issues of personal and professional relevance
  • Practical knowledge of social issues to support taking action in one’s community and beyond
  • Enhancement of creative expression
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a community of adult learners
  • Ability to embody ethical and moral skills
Is this a GED program?

No. Our students take high school classes from Monday through Thursday, and receive a high school diploma through Josephinum Academy, an accredited Illinois high school. On Fridays, there are optional GED readiness classes for students wishing to take the GED after graduation.

What are the requirements?

A student wishing to enroll must:

  • have completed at least eight years of education in the U.S. or in another country
  • be bilingual
  • commit to attending all classes
  • be at least 25 years old
Is there a fee?

We are a not-for-profit school. Students are charged semester fees.