Pritzker Electives

Band 

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 consistently win "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings in festivals and competitions.Check out the Pritzker Music Department YouTube Channel for viewings of our award-winning performances.

Junior Marine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

MCJROTC’s mission is to develop informed and responsible citizens and to 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!”

Choir

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

Journalism

Pritzker's Journalism program was established in 2014 and now regularly competes at the Scholastic Press Media Awards and through the Illinois Journalism Education Association, through which students and the program as a whole have won numerous awards. 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 website, pritzkerpress.com, 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. Students in the elective have used their public speaking prowess to accomplish many achievements such as representing Pritzker and Noble at CPS board hearings, emceeing Pritzker events, spearheading the black pants initiative, and much more. Students use what they learn in the elective on a daily basis and report implementing what they’ve mastered in college, the workplace, and beyond.