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OVERVIEW

WHAT IS THE ARA?

The Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) is a report produced by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) every year to aid in district planning and support its mission of providing a high-quality school in every neighborhood. 

It is a consistent set of information on enrollment, student demographics, school quality, school choice, and program offerings organized by region. It demonstrates improvements over time while also illuminating areas for district intervention and collective action. The report presents data, but does not make recommendations or action steps, instead serving as an input to community engagement and joint solution development.


How is the 2nd edition different from the 1st release of the ARA? 

Critical enhancements to categories of information were added based on community feedback and were designed to drive an equity focus throughout the system. These enhancements include:

  • Comprehensive information on Pre-K and Options/Alternative students in addition to all other CPS students.

  • Inclusion of commute time (in addition to distance traveled)

  • Improved student choice data (new GoCPS high school application data)

  • More programmatic variety data

I was tremendously impressed with the report and grateful to have the resource. It will be crucial for our strategy moving forward.
— School Operator

DIGGING DEEPER

HOW IS IT ORGANIZED? 

 

The report includes a district overview section along with an analysis of each of 16 regions. CPS utilized the 16 regions aligned to the city planning department’s Chicago Neighborhoods Now initiative.

For each section the report includes data aligned around four main questions: 

  1. Quality: How many Level 1+/1 seats are there?

  2. Quantity: How many seats are there for the student population?

  3. Choice: Are students choosing schools in their region? An indication of the availability of attractive options.

  4. Variety: Do students have access to the variety of schools and programs offered?

SECTIONS INCLUDE

  • DISTRICT ANALYSIS

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & FINDINGS

  • QUALITY

  • QUANTITY

  • SCHOOL CHOICE

  • PROGRAM AVAILABILITY & VARIETY

 

ANALYSIS BY 16 REGIONS

 

SELECT THE TILE BELOW TO EXPLORE A REGION OR THE DISTRICT OVERVIEW.

 

In order to help you navigate the report and all of it's information , we've provided snapshots of each region and the district overview including downloadable PDFs.

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Northwest side

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Greater milwaukee avenue

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Pilsen/
little village

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bronzeville/
south lakefront

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northwest


side

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West
SIDE

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stockyards

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greater
stony island

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north
lakefront

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near
west side

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greater
midway

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far
southwest side

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GREATER Lincoln
PARK

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CENTRAL
AREA

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side

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greater
calumet

CONTACT US

 

Kids First Chicago is dedicated to supporting families, educators, community leaders, and other stakeholders in digesting and utilizing the information included in the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). Please use the form below to let us know how we can support you in using the ARA in your area.

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UPCOMING ARA WORKSHOPS


PRESS STATEMENT 

Released in September of 2018, CPS’s inaugural Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) was celebrated as an accessible, comprehensive, and critical source of district and school performance data. Designed to provide community leaders, policymakers, parents, and educators with the information they need to make informed decisions about Chicago’s public schools, the newly updated and just released ARA 2018-19 is now expanded to support more equity-focused priorities.