Chicago Public Schools' ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

NORTHWEST SIDE SNAPSHOT

36,591 STUDENTS IN REGION | 49 SCHOOLS | 47% HISPANIC | 9% AFRICAN AMERICAN | 24% WHITE | 15% ASIAN

QUALITY

 
 

Number of Schools (#)

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KEY FINDINGS

  • There are 49 schools, 39 of which are Level 1+/1. 7 are Level 2+, 2 are Level 2, and none are Level 3.

  • 89% of elementary students who live in the region attend a Level 1+/1 school, 67% of high school students attend a Level 1+/1 high school, and 39% of Options high school students attend a Level 1+/1 school.

  • There are more than 3,000 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats and almost 450 unfilled Level 1+/1 high school seats.

  • 90% of Level 1+/1 elementary seats have no admissions criteria. Of Level 1+/1 high school seats, 10% have no admissions criteria, 15% have some programs with admissions criteria, and 75% have 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 36,591, which has dropped by 4.0% (approximately 1,500 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 less drastically (approximately 1,100 students or 2.9%).

  • The population and enrollment of high school students is increasing in the region.

  • There are 2,900 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

  • 54% of students in this region attend their zoned school, 25% of students attend a non-zoned school in the region, and 20% of students attend a non-zoned school out of the region. 

  • 32% of elementary students in the region who do not attend their zoned school travel less than one mile and 35% travel for less than 15 minutes. 63% of high school students in the region who do not attend their zoned school travel for less than three miles and 55% travel for less than 30 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

  • For elementary school students, the region has every program option, although the density of International Baccalaureate (IB), Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) and World Language seats is relatively low.

  • Similarly, for high school students, every program option is available; however, the density of all programs other than selective enrollment seats is relatively low (fewer than 10 seats per 100 high school students for every program).


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 Northwest Side region is bounded generally by the city’s border at West Devon Avenue and West Howard Street on the north, the Metra Union Pacific North Line / North Ravenswood Avenue on the east, the I-90/94 Expressways on the west, and West Diversey Avenue on the south. It is home to 266,000 residents and is served by 19 train stops.

 

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

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