Chicago Public Schools' ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

WEST SIDE SNAPSHOT

38,281 STUDENTS IN REGION | 73 SCHOOLS | 22% HISPANIC | 77% AFRICAN AMERICAN | 1% WHITE | 0% ASIAN


QUALITY

 
 

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KEY FINDINGS

  • 47% of CPS elementary students who live in the region attend a Level 1+/1 school and 44% of CPS high school students attend a Level 1+/1 high school.

  • 28% of African American students attend a Level 2 school, compared to 19% of Hispanic students.  

  • There are 73 schools, 29 of which are Level 1+/1. 16 are Level 2+, 24 are Level 2, and 2 are Level 3.

  • There are almost 10,000 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats and 72 unfilled Level 1+/1 high school seats.

  • 100% of Level 1+/1 elementary seats have no admissions criteria, and 79% are at attendance area schools. Of Level 1+/1 high school seats, 52% have admissions criteria and 48% have some programs with criteria.


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

 

QUANTITY

 
 

Student population
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Key Findings

  • The CPS population in the region has dropped by 8.7% (about 3,600 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 (over 5,100 students, or 14.2%).

  • There are 28,841 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

  • 20% of CPS elementary students and 51% of CPS high school students choose to attend school outside of their region. 39% of CPS elementary students and 9% of CPS high school students attend their zoned school.

  • Of CPS elementary students who choose not to attend their zoned school, 28% travel under one mile. Of CPS high school students who choose not to attend their zoned school, 51% travel over three miles and 18% 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

  • The region lacks an Academic Center or Regional Gifted Center/Classical option for elementary students.

  • For high schoolers, there is no Fine and Performing Arts option in the region.


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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