Freshman Connection

Summer Program

Held for two weeks in July
8:00 am-12 pm daily,
Monday through Friday


The mission of Jones College Prep is to help students develop themselves as leaders through a rigorous college prep program that focuses on educating the whole person. The values at the core of the mission of Jones College Prep include:

  • The belief that the world can become a better place by nurturing children to their full potential.
  • The commitment to equality and dignity of all persons regardless of background.
  • The goal of excellence in all endeavors.
  • The power of the mind and heart.

With JCP’s mission in mind, Friends of Jones believe that the first step to a successful high school experience is Freshman Connection. Freshman Connection is a two-week summer program offered to all rising freshmen that helps build the culture of unity and inclusion that characterizes the student body.

Chicago Public Schools no longer funds Freshman Connection, therefore, Friends of Jones works diligently to raise funds so that EVERY JCP FRESHMAN can attend. But we need your help.

The cost of Freshman Connection is paid for solely by donations from parents and guardians.

The cost of the Freshman Connection program is roughly $65,000 each year. In order to cover this cost, the suggested family donation is $250. Any amount families are able to donate is welcome and appreciated. If you are able, please consider making a donation above the suggested amount in order to provide this program to all our students.

Through your generous donations, Friends of Jones will be able to provide this experience to all incoming freshmen – regardless of their ability to donate.

Friends of Jones is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.