Pritzker Electives

Music Department

Established in 2007, The Pritzker College Prep Music Department currently serves 220 students in band, and 250 students in choir. Approximately 95% of the students in this program have had no prior musical experience. Regardless, they have already won several "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings in festival and competition. On March 6th, 2011, our jazz combo and jazz ensemble were ranked 5th and 6th in Berklee College of Music's national jazz festival. Additionally, members of our wind ensemble and choir perform regularly at Chicago Symphony Center (CSO). Check out the Pritzker Music Department YouTube Channel for viewings of our award-winning performances.
  • Mr. Ben Das: Band, Jazz
  • Mr. Brian Pavloff: Choir, Jazz
  • Mr. Philip Stosberg: Percussion, Jazz
  • Mr. Sam Trump: Brass Specialist, Jazz

Junior Marine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

MCJROTC’s mission is to develop informed and responsible citizens. Also, develop leadership skills and strengthen character. The mission is to promote an understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security. In addition, it is to help form habits of self-discipline. To develop respect for, and an understanding of, the need for constituted authority in a democratic society. This is embodied in the MCJROTC creed:

“I am a Marine cadet

I will strife to live by the Marine Corps Core Values

Honor, Courage, Commitment.

I will be truth to myself and to others

I will not lie, cheat, or steal.

I will serve my school, community, and country.

I will wear my uniform with pride.

I will do my personal best at all times.

I will honor those who had gone before me.

I will respect and honor my parents or guardians.

The few, the proud, the finest! – the Marine cadets

Semper Fidelis!”


The Pritzker Choral program focuses and musical literacy and performance. In addition to the winter and spring performances, a select group of students attend several competitions each spring, including the CPS festival, the IHSA festival, and the Festivals of Music contest in Philadelphia.


Pritzker's Journalism program was established in 2014 and currently serves about 150 students across all four grades. Students in Journalism  develop research skills and professionalism by gathering information and writing articles about people, clubs, and events at school and in the community. Student articles are posted weekly on our news, and are also published in print in our monthly school newspaper, The Pritzker Press.

Speech and Debate

Public Speaking & Debate is an elective dedicated to showing students that they have the power to be moving, persuasive, and professional public speakers. Through speeches, debates, and more, we focus on perfecting the elements that make for good orators.