Comer Education Campus

We provide a comprehensive approach to youth enrichment and college success to guide young people from across Chicago’s South Side to redefine possible.


Working with best-in-class partners, we are committed to developing the full potential, talent and skill of young people from 5th grade through college graduation. Programming occurs in three primary categories: academics, enrichment, and college success programs.

Gary Comer Youth Center is the cornerstone of what has grown into the Comer Education Campus. In addition to the youth center, the campus includes Gary Comer Middle School, Gary Comer College Prep and UtmostU, the college success initiative. The unique environment and holistic approach at one inspiring location is dedicated to helping young people access and realize opportunities otherwise not possible.

About ​Gary Comer College Prep and Middle School

Gary Comer College Prep (GCCP) opened in August 2008 to its first class of freshmen. The state-of-the-art high school building, opened in August 2010, and in 2012 graduated 100% of its seniors all of whom were accepted to college. They serve over 750 students in 9th through 12th grade. The campus expanded to include a middle school in 2011 and now serves over 325 students in 6th through 8th grade. The school’s vision is to develop well-rounded and successful college graduates based on the Noble Network pillars of scholarship, discipline and honor. The school believes that with enough GRIT, ZEST, OPTIMISM and GRATITUDE, anything is possible!

About UtmostU

A college diploma is the goal for every student at UtmostU. We know how ambitious that is, but our comprehensive approach and dedicated staff help make it a reality. UtmostU is a non-selective initiative, working with students from low-income households, many of whom will be the first generation in their family to go to college. Going beyond the customary college preparation, UtmostU provides intensive support throughout college until a diploma is earned. We instill students with a belief in their college potential from the moment they step through the door and provide the tools, guidance and encouragement for them to achieve their greatest degree!

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