Chicago Public Schools' ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

CENTRAL AREA SNAPSHOT

4,538 STUDENTS IN REGION | 10 SCHOOLS | 11% HISPANIC | 34% AFRICAN AMERICAN | 20% WHITE | 29% ASIAN


QUALITY

 
 

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KEY FINDINGS

  • 93% of CPS elementary students who live in the region attend a Level 1+/1 school, and 80% of CPS high school students attend a Level 1+/1 high school.

  • 12% of African American students are in Level 2 schools, compared to 3% of Hispanic students and 0% of White and Asian students.

  • There are 10 schools, eight of which are Level 1+, one of which is Level 2+, and one of which is Level 2.

  • There are 320 unfilled Level 1+ elementary seats and 291 unfilled Level 1+ high school seats.

  • 42% of Level 1+ elementary seats are at attendance area schools with no admissions criteria. 24% of Level 1+ high school seats have no criteria and have citywide boundaries.


Note: CPS measures school quality with its School Quality Rating Policy. Click here for more information.

 

QUANTITY

 
 

Student population
(# of Students)

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Key Findings

  • The CPS population in the region has increased by 1.6% (about 70 students) since the 2014-2015 school year, compared to the citywide CPS decline of 6.0%.

  • Enrollment in schools in the region has increased by about 650 students (9.0%).

  • There are currently 997 unfilled seats.


Note: Enrollment data are from the annual 20th day count.

 

CHOICE

 
 

% AND # OF STUDENTS

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KEY FINDINGS

  • School choice has increased, although high school students are often choosing schools in the region. 29% of CPS elementary students and 55% of CPS high school students choose to attend school outside of their region. 66% of CPS elementary students and 8% of CPS high school students attend their zoned school.

  • Of the CPS elementary students who choose not to attend their zoned school, 16% travel under 1 mile. Of the CPS high school students who choose not to attend their zoned school, 45% travel over 3 miles and 15% travel over 6 miles.


NOTE: Zoned schools have attendance boundaries. Every street address in the city of Chicago is assigned one attendance area (or neighborhood) elementary school and one neighborhood high school. In most cases, students can attend their designated neighborhood school without having to submit an application. For more information about schools, visit http://go.cps.edu/.

For support in finding great schools in your area, visit the Kids First Chicago School Search Tool and Chicago School Guide.

 

PROGRAM VARIETY

 
 

KEY FINDINGS

  • Elementary schools offer Fine & Performing Arts and STEM magnet programs. There is also an RGC/Classical option and IB seats.

  • For high schools, there are selective enrollment seats and two CTE programs, but the region lacks Fine & Performing Arts and STEM programs.

  • The region lacks a World Language program for elementary school students and IB programs for high school students.


NOTE: Only centralized programs are included in this report. IB is International Baccalaureate and STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. For more information about programs, visit http://go.cps.edu/.

 
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