Southland College Prep Charter High School is Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2016

Only Public Charter High School in Chicago Suburbs 

RICHTON PARK, IL—(ENEWSPF)–February 21, 2012—Applications for eighth  grade students who reside in Rich Township High School District 227 for enrollment in Southland College Prep Charter High School’s 9th grade (freshman) class for the 2012-2013 school year are now being accepted.  

Completed applications must be received by Southland College Prep Charter High School at 4601 West Sauk Trail Road, Richton Park, 60471 by Friday, March 16, 2012 by 4:00 p.m.  

Applications are available for printing on Southland’s website ( and at each elementary school district that feeds into District 227. Applications are also available at Southland College Prep between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each week day.  

Southland College Prep will identify students by Friday, March 23, 2012. If more than 125 District 227 students seek enrollment for the 2012-2013 year, a public lottery will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the school. The lottery will determine the approximately 125 students who will be enrolled in Southland’s incoming ninth grade class.  

Admission to Southland is on a non-discriminatory basis with respect to race, ethnicity, disability and religious preference. Successful completion of elementary school and residence in District 227’s four elementary school districts which include: Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park and Tinley Park.  

About Southland College Prep Charter High School

Southland College Prep opened in August, 2010. It is the only public charter high school in Chicago’s suburbs.  

According to Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, CEO, “Southland Charter offers a choice for students and a hope for the future.  Every child has a right to learn and can achieve the 21st century skills needed for success—to think critically and to problem solve,” she says.

For the academic year, 2011-12, 250 students are enrolled in Southland’s freshmen and sophomore classes. Over the next two years, the enrollment is scheduled to double to approximately 500 students as set by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Dr. Davis’ conviction that “children can achieve their highest learning potential when given the opportunity in an encouraging, student-centered, academically challenging environment,” was a major factor in creating the new charter public high school for students in nine south suburbs.                                                      

“Southland College Prep Charter High School is designed to prepare all of its graduates for academic success in college. They will graduate from a college of their choice,” she predicts. The new school incorporates several intervention strategies to insure student success and has a team in place to provide all eligible students special education and related services, Dr. Davis said.

Southland is located at 4601 West Sauk Trail Road, Richton Park, on eight acres in a three-story, 85,000 square foot, state-of-the art learning center with small class sizes, an extended nine-hour school day and a college prep curriculum which emphasizes foreign languages and the arts.

Southland’s students use 21st century classroom tools including an electronic portfolio of work and a blog for each subject area. Students engage in technology-based collaborative learning with other students, have access to video conferencing and technology assisted home-school communication to keep parents informed of progress.

Lifelong sports are offered at Southland. Students choose among cross country, track, golf, tennis, swimming or bowling at nearby facilities. 

Source: Southland College Prep Charter High School