The Counseling Department will support the student learning process and promote academic and social achievement . Counselors will respond to the developmental needs of their students in the area of personal/social growth, academic performance and post-secondary education. Counselors will work closely with faculty/staff, families, community partners, and support services to promote student success.

Counseling Team Members:

Position Name Phone Number
Counseling Office Aide Ms. Talos ( 773-534-3407
Counselor: Last Names “A-F” Ms. Block ( 773-534-3416
Counselor: Last names “G-O” Ms. Ingram ( 773-534-3497
Counselor: Last names “P-Z” Ms. Maldonado ( 773-534-3899
College and Career Coach Mr. Martinez ( emartinez352@cps.edum) 773-534-3767
GEAR UP Parent Services and Tutors Mr. Montanez – Parent & Student Specialist Carment Gonzalez & Dioselina Guzman – Parent Advocates 773-534-0163

Reasons to see a School Counselor, and how to set up and appointment:

A Personal Problem, Financial Aid, Checking my credits, Evening school information, Scholarships/internships ACT, Summer school information, Schedule problem/change Service Learning hours
If this is an URGENT matter, please describe briefly
Appointments are highly recommended for students and parents.
There is a counselor-on-call for crisis daily
See Mrs. Talos in room 110 or email your counselor to schedule an appointment

Other Services

Home and Hospital Instruction Program
Work Permits
Official and Unofficial Transcripts


For more than a decade, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) has worked to increase the number of first-generation students who are college ready. The work of the GEAR UP program at Foreman High School (FHS) is to supports student achievement and collaborates with the FHS Counseling Team to prepare them to apply, enroll, and graduate from college. GEAR UP students have been preparing for college since the 6th grade and their families have been involved in the process, making them ready to handle the transition to college.

GEAR UP is a federally funded program that helps prepare all the students in the Class of 2017 and 2018 for college through academic preparation, tutoring, and workshops; leadership training for parents and professional development activities for educators. We offer college access based programs for students and parents which increases high school graduation rates and makes college real.

SGA Youth & Family Services 
SGA is proud to be at Foreman High School to provide services to pregnant and parenting teen mothers, as well as teen fathers. We provide counseling, resource linkages, home visits, and psycho-educational and support groups to those students identified as pregnant and/or parenting. Please do not hesitate to refer students for any of the aforementioned services. Referrals can be submitted to Madelyn Esposito, either in person or by email at:

Upward Bound
The Columbia College Chicago Upward Bound program is a federally funded, college prep program for low-income, first generation students. The program provides a comprehensive set of college prep services that includes tutoring, Saturday enrichment classes, a six-week summer program, field trips, college visits, ACT test prep, career exploration and assistance with college, scholarship and financial aid applications. To find out more or to download an application visit:

Youth Outreach Services
Youth Outreach Services is dedicated to caring for Chicago’s most vulnerable youth, inspiring positive development in their lives, families and communities. Founded in 1959, we have served more than 300,000 youth and families through a variety of child welfare, counseling, juvenile justice and prevention services, helping each overcome challenges such as abuse, neglect and homelessness. We believe all kids deserve to feel safe, healthy and ready to learn, and we are committed to providing the community-based support they need to overcome challenges and succeed! Our work at Foreman provides support for substance abuse utilizing our seven challenges curriculum and individual counseling. Youth Outreach offers a variety of support to our student participants in the school environment along with opportunities for community outreach events. For more information about our services visit our web site at

DEY Tutoring
Driven and Empowered Youth Learning Center offers Foreman students a safe-haven inside their school between the hours of 3pm-6pm where they have access to homework help, tutoring, mentoring, college-career programs, field trips, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) Programs for FREE. A place where they are empowered to succeed.

All students, parents and/or legal guardians interested in enrolling please stop by during programming hours to the Foreman Library from 3pm-6pm, Monday-Thursday and ask for Karen Escobar. Any Foreman staff members interested in referring a student can email Kelly Cirino at or call 773-385-5390. You can also reach speak to the counseling office.

Our mission is to:
“provide youth and families educational services and access to resources that will empower them to improve their present and future socioeconomic conditions.”

For more information please visit us at
BAM: (Becoming a Man) is a dropout and violence prevention program for at-risk male students in grades 7-12. B.A.M. offers in-school programming, complemented by after-school sports, to develop social-cognitive skills strongly correlated with reductions in violent and anti-social behavior. In addition, B.A.M. students attend recreational and educational field trips throughout the school year. More information can be found on their website.