Chicago Public Schools' ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

SOUTH SIDE SNAPSHOT

28,823 STUDENTS IN REGION | 64 SCHOOLS | 13% HISPANIC | 86% AFRICAN AMERICAN | 0% WHITE | 0% ASIAN


QUALITY

 
 

Number of Schools (#)

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KEY FINDINGS

  • 40% of CPS elementary students who live in the region attend a Level 1+/1 school and 45% of CPS high school students attend a Level 1+/1 high school.

  • 26% of African American students attend a Level 2 school, compared to 10% of Hispanic students.  

  • There are 64 schools, 26 of which are Level 1+/1, 18 of which are Level 2, and one of which is Level 3.

  • There are 6,298 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats and 509 unfilled Level 1+/1 high school seats.

  • 75% of Level 1+/1 elementary seats are at attendance area schools with no admission criteria, and another 22% have no criteria but have citywide boundaries. All Level 1+/1 high schools have citywide boundaries and 69% 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 CPS population in the region has dropped by 11.7% (about 3,800 students) since the 2014-2015 school year, which is greater than the citywide decline of 6.0%.

  • Enrollment in schools in the region has dropped even more (almost 4,000 students, or 12.8%).

  • There are 20,715 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

  • 24% of CPS elementary students and 58% of CPS high school students choose to attend school outside of their region. 43% of CPS elementary students and 7% of CPS high school students attend their zoned school.

  • Of CPS elementary students who choose not to attend their zoned school, 32% travel under one mile. Of CPS high school students who choose not to attend their zoned school, 57% travel over three miles and 25% travel over six 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

  • At the elementary level, there is a greater availability of Fine and Performing Arts and STEM program seats than IB and World Language seats.

  • At the high school level, there are CTE seats and some selective enrollment seats; there are no IB seats.

  • The region lacks a Fine & Performing Arts high school 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/.

 
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