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ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

 

what is THE 

ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS?

User guide pdf / Kids First Chicago PRess Statement / Overview PDF

 
 

 
 

DESCRIPTION

The Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) is a report produced by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) every year to aid in district planning and supports 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 shows improvements over time as well as illuminating areas for district intervention and collective action. The report presents data, but does not make recommendations or action steps, rather serving as an input to community engagement and joint solution development.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The purpose of the ARA is to ensure that both CPS leadership and citywide stakeholders are working from the same set of information—which is a leap forward in terms of communication, collaboration, and transparency. It allows the district and communities to have more substantive and focused dialogue on needs and areas for improvement. It will also inform current district processes for new schools and programs. Importantly, the ARA brings together previously disparate information, creating a comprehensive examination to guide strategic planning by all of those engaged.

 
 

WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE MIGHT BE INTERESTED?

We’ve found many different types of people across Chicago are interested in the information that the ARA includes. Below are a few responses we’ve heard. 

The underlying analysis is nothing short of remarkable, and it reveals any number of interesting patterns that are both necessary to have in the public discourse and should help shape decision making.—Foundation Board Chair

This data is tremendous. I can’t wait to get the full report.—Community Member

This work will help our city start having deeper and more sophisticated conversations on how to ensure students in every zip code have an amazing school (or more) to choose from.—Education Partner

 
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 REGION

  1. FAR NORTHWEST SIDE

  2. NORTHWEST SIDE

  3. NORTH LAKEFRONT

  4. GREATER LINCOLN PARK

  5. GREATER MILWAUKEE AVENUE

  6. WEST SIDE

  7. NEAR WEST SIDE

  8. CENTRAL AREA

  9. PILSEN/LITTLE VILLAGE

  10. GREATER STOCKYARDS

  11. GREATER MIDWAY

  12. SOUTH SIDE

  13. BRONZEVILLE/SOUTH LAKEFRONT

  14. GREATER STONY ISLAND

  15. FAR SOUTHWEST SIDE

  16. GREATER CALUMET

THE 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.

1-Far Northwest Side.png

far


Northwest side

Greater milwaukee avenue

9-Pilsen-Little-Village.png

Pilsen/
little village

5-13-Bronzeville-South Lakefront.png

bronzeville/
south lakefront

2-Northwest Side.png

northwest


side

West
SIDE

10-Greater Stockyards.png

greater stockyards

14-Greater-Stony-Island.png

greater
stony island

3-North-Lakefront.png

north
lakefront

7-Near West Side.png

near
west side

11-Greater Midway.png

greater
midway

15-Far-Southwest-Side.png

far
southwest side

4-Greater Lincoln Park.png

GREATER Lincoln
PARK

8-Central Area.png

CENTRAL
AREA

12-South-Side.png

south


side

5-16-Greater Calumet.png

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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