Principal: Dr. Beryl Shingles


Assistant Principal: Wanda F. Grigsby


Our School Mission

Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School (NBJ) provides high quality educational programming to meet the diverse educational and social/emotional needs of court-detained juveniles. We will continue to strive to balance and coordinate our educational focus with the goals and objectives of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center (JTDC), Cook County Juvenile Court system and Chicago Public Schools.

Our School Vision

"Failure Is Not An Option"

Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School seeks to become an educational community of learners that blends research-based practices with the principles of effective interventions, to ultimately increase the competencies of and reduce the recidivism rate of court detained juveniles.

About Us

We bring value, innovation and growth to our students

Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School is a Chicago Public School operating within the confines of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Jefferson's educational programs are mandatory to detainees awaiting adjudication by the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Courts. We serve students between the age of 10 and 17 years. More than seventy-five percent of our students are high school age.


We believe all students can learn and it is our professional responsibility to develop, inspire and foster the academic, emotional and social potential of all students.


She was called the “Mother Teresa of the West Side.” She was called the Joan of Arc of the West Side.” Chicago Mayor Harold Washington named a street after her (Warren Boulevard). Illinois Governor Jim Edgar called her a “devoted, principled champion for equal rights and equal opportunity who matched her inspiring words with inspiring deeds.”
Nancy B. Jefferson was a premier social worker and Civil Rights activist. Her extensive exposure to social concerns as a nurse in a west side clinic compelled her to do something about the ills of the community. She began volunteering her services to the Midwest Community Council, becoming its Executive Director in 1963.   read morehttp://livepage.apple.com/shapeimage_2_link_0

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Nancy B. Jefferson
Alternative School

1100 S. Hamilton Ave. Chicago, IL 60612(312) 433-7110

Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School seeks to become an educational community of learners that blends research-based practices with the principles of effective interventions, to ultimately increase the competencies of and reduce the recidivism rate of court detained juveniles.

"No One Is A Failure Who Keeps Trying"

We believe all students can learn and it is our professional responsibility to develop, inspire and foster the academic, emotional and social potential of all students.

Principal: Dr. Beryl Shingles

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