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At Noble Street Charter School: Gary Comer College Prep Campus, we know that the parents/guardians of our students are critical to the success of each child. We have a multitude of ways of keeping all parents/guardians involved and informed on a regular basis. Please look around the website for more information or contact the principal, Estee Kelly at, to learn about how we partner with all people involved in our students’ lives.

We are glad you have chosen Gary Comer College Prep for your child's education. We want to support you in guiding your child to do his or her best. Here are some links that we hope you will find helpful as you continue the challenging task of parenting a teenager.

Your active participation in supporting your child at Gary Comer College Prep will greatly enhance his/her success. Here are a few things to do as a Noble Street parent:

  • Stay informed about your child's progress by checking PowerSchool frequently.
  • Keep communication open with the school.
  • Support your child's study habits.
  • Become familiar with Gary Comer College Prep guidelines in the Parent Handbook.
  • Support your son or daughter's career planning and college search.
  • Help your son or daughter to make wise choices and to cope with peer pressure.

Notice about Internet Content Filtering

Most of the computer infrastructure at Noble Network campuses has been funded with major assistance from a federal program called E-Rate that assists urban and rural schools and libraries with telecommunication costs. One qualification requirement is that we comply with the 2001 Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which states:

  • In order to receive discounts for Internet access and internal connections services under the universal service support mechanism, school and library authorities must certify that they are enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes measures to block or filter Internet access for both minors and adults to certain visual depictions. These include visual depictions that are (1) obscene, or (2) child pornography, or, with respect to use of computers with Internet access by minors, (3) harmful to minors. An authorized person may disable the blocking or filtering measure during any use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purpose.
  • A school administrative authority must certify that its policy of Internet safety includes monitoring the online activities of minors.
  • In order to receive discounts, school and library authorities must also certify that they have adopted and implemented an Internet safety policy addressing (i) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web; (ii) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; (iii) unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities by minors online; (iv) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and (v) measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to minors.

We have had an Internet filter in place to protect our students from inappropriate and distracting web sites since February 2000. In September 2003 we switched our filtering to an online version provided by our Internet service provider the Illinois Century Network. We are currently in the process of converting to filtering through our firewall for more powerful and flexible protection of student access. Throughout we have always blocked access to web sites in the following categories: adult search engines, alcohol, anonymizers, anonymizing utilities, chat, criminal skills, drugs, gambling, gambling related, game/cartoon violence, games, hacking, hate speech, humor, instant messaging, malicious sites, nudity, P2P/file sharing, phishing, pornography, profanity, provocative attire, school cheating information, sexual materials, spyware, tobacco, violence, weapons, web ads, and web phone.

This notice is to inform parents that we are enforcing a safe Internet use environment in the interest of teaching our students to tap the educational power of the Internet. If you have questions or comments, please contact Mike Madden at