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Alternative High School (17 to 21 years old)

Mary Ann Soley

Principal (Truman Middle College)

Truman Middle college is for the 17 to 21 year old student who dropped out of high school and wishes to earn a high school diploma. Through the Truant’s Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP), students who have dropped out of high school can enroll in Olive-Harvey Middle College, Truman Middle College, or one of the nine alternative high schools funded through this program.  On the right is a list of TAOEP high schools and their contact information. Click on any of those schools to learn more.  

Students interested in enrolling in Truman Middle College must apply online at and complete the application.  Here they will be asked to list their top three schools within the YCCS network of 23 schools.
Apply online at a YCCS school at Please note, Truman only accepts new students twice a year-in the Fall: July - September and in the Winter: January - February. Please apply online now if it is an enrollment period! 

Truman is moving to a one year residency requirement in order to fulfill career pathway goals and allow time for skill building in reading and mathematics. To meet graduation requirements beginning 2012-13, all incoming students must earn 21  total credits in the following areas: 4 credits in English w/ 2 possible sequences English l, ll, lll, and or Humanities l, ll, lll, IV, 3 credits in Math w/ 2 possible sequences Algebra l, Geometry, Applied math or advanced  math or integrated math l, ll, and lll, 3 credits in Science, 3 credits in Social studies, 3 credits in Fine arts/Foreign Language/Vocational/Career education earning 1 credit in foreign language, 1 credit in PE/Health, 1 credit in career/vocation ed. 

Additionally, students must show growth in reading and math on their STAR assessment. By graduation, each student must reach 10.0 in reading 9.0 in math to meet graduation requirements.  

Every student is expected to report to school for 300 minutes a day unless they are enrolled in our School-to-Work program.  Truman will have 6 classes - each 1 hour in length. Students are allowed to leave campus for lunch but must return for the second half of the school day. School begins at 8:20 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. Teachers are available to service students until 4:00 p.m. each day.

Students have the option of enrolling in our School-to-Work program that allows them to report to work after lunch.  Students must provide the following information to be approved for the program:
1. Work schedule
2. Pay check stub
3. School-to-Work form completed by student and signed by supervisor

Truman is working to create career pathways for students as they strive to be college eligible and college ready. Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, Truman will offer an Automotive pathway and a Criminal Justice pathway. Students will have the opportunity to earn dual credit, high school and college credit, in addition to taking college courses within Truman City College. To earn college credit, students must take the COMPASS exam and score high enough to be accepted into entry level courses, i.e. English 101 and 102 or Math 118 or 140. Another way to become eligible to enroll in college courses is by earning a 21 in math and/ or a 19 in English on the ACT exam. These college credits are at no cost to the student.

One thing Truman is proud of is its post-secondary support for students. Truman currently has two career coaches and a post-secondary team that works diligently to ensure all potential graduates have achieved their post-secondary goals.  Each student is assigned a career coach to assist in the completion of FAFSA applications, college applications, scholarship applications, service learning hours, etc. 




Faculty & Staff

Brough, Kelly,
Button, Robina, Science
Fish, Un, Social Science
Gonzalez, Gloria, Clerical
Guajardo, Amy, English
Gylling, Jason, Math
Hodges, Dorie, Substitute
Horowitz, Richard, Social
Howard, Dawn, Compliance
Janice Pavel, English
Klotz, Mike , Student Development
Morr, Phil, Data
Nichols, Ann, Science
Radulescu, Marius, Math
Scampini, Michael, Records
Scheffers, Kristin, English
Shawanokasic, David, Clerical
Yoo, Michelle, English

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Contact Information

(773) 907-4840
(773) 907-4844
1145 W. Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
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8:00 am to 5:00 pm


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