Chicago Public Schools' ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

DISTRICT-WIDE SNAPSHOT

362,224 STUDENTS IN DISTRICT | 609 SCHOOLS | 47% HISPANIC | 37% AFRICAN AMERICAN | 10% WHITE | 4% ASIAN


QUALITY

 
 

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KEY FINDINGS

  • 67% of elementary students attend a Level 1+ or 1 school and 62% of high school students attend a Level 1+ or 1 school.

  • However, only 45% of African American students and 72% of Hispanic students are in Level 1+/1 schools, versus 91% of White students.

  • The Greater Lincoln Park region has the highest concentration of Level 1+/1 elementary seats (100%); the Central Area region has the highest concentration of Level 1+/1 high school seats (91%).

  • The Near West Side region has the lowest concentration of Level 1+/1 elementary seats (35%); the Greater Stony Island and West Side regions have the lowest concentration of Level 1+/1 high school seats (16% and 14%, respectively).


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

  • Since the 2006-2007 school year, CPS enrollment has decreased by 11.8% and is forecasted to decline by an additional 5.1% in the next three years.

  • There are ~150,000 more seats than students enrolled in the district, including over 60,000 unfilled Level 1+/1 seats.


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

 

CHOICE

 
 

% AND # OF STUDENTS

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KEY FINDINGS

  • School choice (which is currently defined as choosing to attend a school that is not a student’s zoned school) has increased slightly in the last couple years among both elementary and high school students.

  • 59% of elementary students and 24% of high school students attend their zoned schools. 18% of elementary students and 45% of high school students choose to attend a non-zoned school outside of their region.

  • Elementary students travel 1.5 miles on average; distance to school is highest in Greater Stony Island (2.6 miles) and Bronzeville/South Lakefront (2.3 miles).

  • High school students travel 3.6 miles on average; distance to school is highest in Greater Stony Island (5.0 miles) and Far Southwest Side (5.0 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

  • Not all regions have seats for the major elementary program types (fine and performing arts, world language, and STEM); however each region has some programs and the mix of seats may be reflective of student demand.

  • There is significant regional skew in the location of the citywide selective enrollment elementary program seats.


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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