Chicago Public Schools' ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

FAR NORTHWEST SIDE SNAPSHOT

49,931 STUDENTS IN REGION | 54 SCHOOLS | 68% HISPANIC | 2% AFRICAN AMERICAN | 24% WHITE | 4% ASIAN

QUALITY

 
 

Number of Schools (#)

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KEY FINDINGS·      

  • There are 54 schools, 37 of which are Level 1+/1, 9 are Level 2+, 5 are Level 2, none are Level 3, and 3 Inability to Rate.

  • 80% of elementary students who live in the region attend a Level 1+/1 school, 75% of high school students attend a Level 1+/1 high school, and 29% of Options high school students attend a Level 1+/1 school.

  • There are more than 1,600 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats and less than 100 unfilled Level 1+/1 high school seats.

  • 96% of Level 1+/1 elementary seats have no admissions criteria. Of Level 1+/1 high school seats, 43% have no admissions criteria, 48% have some programs with admissions criteria, and 9% have schoolwide admissions criteria.


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 student population in the region is 49,931, which has dropped by 3.3% (approximately 1,700 students) since the 2015-16 school year. This is less than the decline in the total CPS student enrollment of 7.9%.

  • Enrollment in schools in the region has dropped slightly more (approximately 2,700 students, or 5.7%).

  • There are 2,500 more seats than students enrolled in the region.


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

 

CHOICE

 
 

% AND # OF STUDENTS

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KEY FINDINGS

  • 57% of students in this region attend their zoned school, 22% of students attend a non-zoned school in the region and 21% of students attend a non-zoned school out of the region. 

  • 26% of elementary students in the region who do not attend their zoned school travel less than one mile and 30% travel for less than 15 minutes. 53% of high school students in the region who do not attend their zoned school travel more than three miles and 32% travel for more than 45 minutes.


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

  • The region has all academic program options for elementary students, although the number of seats compared to the number of students is relatively low. There are five or fewer seats per 100 elementary students for most elementary programs, including International Baccalaureate (IB), Fine & Performing Arts, World Language, Dual Language, and Personalized Learning.

  • For high school students, there are IB, Career & Technical Education (CTE), JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), and Personalized Learning programs in the region but no Selective Enrollment, Early College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), or Fine & Performing Arts options.


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/.

 

REGION MAP

 
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The Far Northwest Side region is bounded generally by West Howard Street and West Touhy Avenue, Interstates 94 and 90, the Metra Milwaukee District North Line, and the Des Plaines River. It is home to 328,000 residents and is served by 16 transit stops.

Source: City of Chicago, Neighborhoods Now, https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/cnn.html

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