District Summary
Understand key findings about the current state of PK-12 public education across the city of Chicago.

2019 - 20 Report

The District Summary is a great introduction and guide as you begin to explore the information in the ARA.

Map Of CPS Schools

School Type

Elementary Schools
Attendance
Citywide
High Schools
Attendance
Citywide
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Insights

343 schools are Level 1+/1

6 out of 10 attend a Level 1+/1 school

Quality

In the 2019-20 school year, 343 schools are Level 1+ or Level 1 (exceeds expectations)1. 155 schools are Level 2+ (meets expectations). 135 schools are Level 2 or Level 3 (does not meet expectations).

65% of elementary students attend a Level 1+/1 school, 52% of high school students attend a Level 1+/1 school, and 45% of Options high school students attend a Level 1+/1 schools.

41% of African American students attend a Level 1+/1 school. 66% of Hispanic and 90% of White students attend Level 1+/1 schools.

3 regions have the highest number of Level 1+/1 seats. The Far Northwest Side, Northwest Side, and Greater Midway regions have the highest number of Level 1+/1 seats (more than 24,000 each).

SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Insights

93% of Level 1+/1 elementary seats have no admissions criteria (open enrollment)

30% of Level 1+/1 high school seats have no admissions criteria (open enrollment)


Elementary Schools

2019 - 2020 School Year

In the 2019-20 school year, there are more than 44,000 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats2.

Seats vs. Enrollment

SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Admission Type of Level 1+/1 Seats

 
No Admissions Criteria
 
Some Programs with Admissions Criteria
 
Schoolwide Admissions Criteria

High Schools

2019 - 2020 School Year

In the 2019-20 school year, there are 5,500 unfilled Level 1+ high school seats. 30% of all Level 1+/1 high school seats have no admissions criteria, 25% have some programs with admissions criteria, and 45% have schoolwide admissions criteria.

Seats vs. Enrollment

SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Admission Type of Level 1+/1 Seats

 
No Admissions Criteria
 
Some Programs with Admissions Criteria
 
Schoolwide Admissions Criteria
1

Includes all traditional neighborhood, selective enrollment, magnet, charter schools, Options/ALOP (alternative learning opportunities programs), and special education specialty schools. CPS measures school quality with its School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). For more information, visit www.cps.edu/sqrp.

2

CPS calculates seats using a set of space utilization standards. For more information, visit https://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/Policies_and_guidelines/Pages/facilitystandards.aspx. The unfilled seats calculation does not include the effect of overcrowded schools.


Insights

355,000+ students living in the district

147,000+ unfilled seats

17,000+ Pre-Kindergarten students

Quantity

In the 2019-20 school year there are 355,156 students enrolled in CPS1. Since the 2010-11 school year, CPS enrollment has decreased by 11.8% and is forecasted to decline by an additional 3.6% in the next three years.

The district has space to serve 480,171 students and at current enrollment, there are 147,727 unfilled seats, including 50,131 unfilled Level 1+/1 seats.

In the 2019-20 school year (as of October), there are 17,431 Pre-K students enrolled in CPS, of which 11,273 are 4-year-olds. CPS is expanding access to free full-day pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

1

Enrollment data are from the annual 20th day count.

 
9 - 12
 
K - 8
 
PE & PK

Insights

52% of students choose to attend a school other than their zoned school

Choice

School choice (which is currently defined as choosing to attend a school that is not a student’s zoned school) has stayed constant in the last few years. In the 2018-19 school year, 52% of students choose to attend a school other than the one they are zoned to and 48% of students attend their zoned schools.1

2 regions have the highest percentages of students attending school out of region. In the Greater Stony Island and Near West Side regions, 39% and 38% of students respectively attend school outside of the region. The Greater Midway and Northwest Side regions have the lowest percentages of students attending school out of region, 18% and 19% respectively.

NOTE: Due to rounding, some charts may not add up to 100%

1

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. Students can attend their designated neighborhood school without having to submit an application. Pre-kindergarteners are not zoned to a school. For more information about schools, visit http://go.cps.edu.

2

Distance traveled and commute time are calculated based on the student’s home address and the address of their school. Commute time was calculated using Google Maps travel time estimations using the shorter travel time between walking and public transit.

 
Attending School Out of Region
 
Attending Non-Zoned in Region
 
Attending Zoned School

Elementary Schools

2019 - 2020 School Year

1.4 miles and 15 minutes is the average commute distance and time for elementary students. Distance traveled to elementary school and commute time are highest in the Greater Stony Island region and lowest in the Pilsen / Little Village region.

Average Commute Distance

Average Commute Time

High Schools

2019 - 2020 School Year

3.3 miles and 28 minutes is the average commute distance and time for high school students. Distance traveled to high school and commute time are highest in the Far Southwest Side, Greater Calumet and Greater Stony Island regions and lowest in the Pilsen / Little Village and Greater Lincoln Park regions.

Average Commute Distance

Average Commute Time

Variety

Elementary Schools

Key Findings

Elementary International Baccalaureate (IB), Fine & Performing Arts, and Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) programs are currently available in nearly every region. World language and Personalized Learning programs are available in most regions. Dual Language programs are available in half of the regions. Each region has some mix of programs and may be reflective of school, community, and student interest.1

High Schools

Key Findings

High school International Baccalaureate (IB) and Military/JROTC programs are currently available in nearly every region. Selective enrollment, Personalized Learning, Fine & Performing Arts and Early College STEM programs are available in half of the regions.