Region 15
Far Southwest Side
Understand key findings about the current state of K-12 public education in regions of the City of Chicago.

2019-20 Report

The Regional Detail report provides the data set and break down of ARA information for this part of the city.

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Introduction

The Annual Regional Analysis is a set of facts to inform community dialogue and district planning.

The report includes information on all CPS schools, including traditional neighborhood, selective enrollment, magnet, charter, special education specialty, and Options (alternative) schools.

This document is a common fact base from which to understand the school landscape in communities. The intent of the ARA is not to provide recommendations but rather a set of findings based on the data that serves as input to inform community dialogue and district planning.

STRUCTURE & ORGANIZATION

The ARA is organized in 16 geographic regions, aligned with Chicago Neighborhoods Now planning zones. The regions were created by the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development based on research on housing and jobs. They are defined with natural boundaries, such as rivers and railroads, in mind. These elements, as well as transportation options, are likely considerations for families in choosing schools. With the goal of utilizing a consistent structure year to year, these regions are more stable than city wards and school networks.

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  • District Reference Map


Overview

Explore this section to learn important background information about the region.

  • Region Map

The Far Southwest Side region is generally bounded by West 87th Street to the north, the city boundary to the west and south, and South Beverly Avenue and South Vincennes Avenue to the east. The region is served by seven train stops.1

Source: City of Chicago, Neighborhoods Now, http://cn2015.net

School Type

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

* Denotes Options/alternative or special education specialty school

  • Racial/Ethnic Composition

The Far Southwest Side region has become slightly less African American and more White.

The racial/ethnic composition of the Far Southwest Side student population is primarily African American and White, although in the past four years the share of African American students has dropped from 49% to 46% and the percentage of White students has risen from 40% to 42%.

The students in the eastern part of the region are mostly African American, while the students in the western part of the region are mostly White

Racial/Ethnic Composition

Race/Ethnicity
 
African American
 
Asian
 
Latinx*
 
White
 
Other

* As a district, CPS has begun using the more inclusive term Latinx to respectfully recognize the diverse heritage and gender identities of our students and families.

NOTE: The dots on this map are pie charts showing the mix of students residing in an area. It does not show information about individual students.

  • Free and Reduced Lunch Rates

The percentage of students qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) has dropped from 39% to 36% in the past four years, which is lower than the overall district percentage of 76%.

The Far Southwest Side region primarily encompasses neighborhoods of medium to high median household income.


Free and Reduced Lunch Rates

 
Free and Reduced Lunch
 
Without Free and Reduced Lunch
Median 2019 Household Income
 
0 to 39,000
 
39,000 to 50,300
 
50,300 to 64,500
 
64,500 to 86,200
 
86,200 to 501,000

Quality

Explore this section to learn more about how many Level 1+/1 schools and seats are in the region.


How Many Level 1+/1 Seats Are There?

  • Elementary Schools Map

  • High Schools Map

There are 10 elementary schools in the Far Southwest Side region, including 5 Level 1+ schools, 2 Level 1 schools, 1 Level 2+ school, 1 Level 2 school, and 1 Inability to Rate.

There are 7 zoned elementary schools in this region. 78% of elementary students residing in this region live in the attendance boundaries of Level 1+/1 schools.

Elementary

2019-20

History

2019-20
2018-19
2017-18
2016-17

School Type

Elementary Schools
Attendance Area**
(School location OUTSIDE region)
Attendance Area***
(School location INSIDE region)
Citywide
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

* Denotes Options/alternative and special education specialty school
** Attendance areas serving middle schools grades are designated by a hollow outline and labeled with the applicable grades, e.g., NORTHWEST (6-8).
*** Attendance areas with a diagonal line fill represent those where the main school location is outside of the region.

High Schools Map

There are 2 high schools in the Far Southwest Side region: 1 Level 1 school and 1 Level 2+ school.

There is 1 zoned high school in this region. There are no high school students in this region living in the attendance boundaries of Level 1+/1 schools.

High School

2019-20

History

2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19

School Type

High Schools
Attendance Area**
(School location OUTSIDE region)
Attendance Area***
(School location INSIDE region)
Citywide
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

* Denotes Options/alternative and special education specialty school
** Attendance areas serving middle schools grades are designated by a hollow outline and labeled with the applicable grades, e.g., NORTHWEST (6-8).
*** Attendance areas with a diagonal line fill represent those where the main school location is outside of the region.

  • Number of Schools Over Time

  • Elementary Seats Over Time

  • High School Seats Over Time

  • Options High School Seats Over Time

There are currently 12 schools in the region, including 10 elementary schools and 2 high schools. The number of Level 1+/1 schools has fluctuated in the past four years and is now at 8. The number of Level 2+ schools has decreased from 4 to 2 in the past four years.

Schools

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

Elementary Seats Over Time

The percentage of Level 1+/1 elementary seats has increased from 54% to 73% since the 2016-17 school year.

Elementary

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

High School Seats Over Time

The decline in number of seats overall from 2017-18 to 2018-19 was driven primarily by the change in how building capacity is determined (see note below). The percentage of Level 1+/1 high school seats has decreased from 37% to 36% since the 2016-17 school year.

High School

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

NOTE: In 2018-19, an update to the CPS space utilization standards resulted in a reduction in the number of classrooms used in the calculation of ideal capacity of a school building. Special education cluster program classrooms, Pre-K classrooms, and small-sized classrooms are no longer included in the number of seats. Due to rounding, some charts may not add up to 100%.

The SQRP metrics for Options high schools are different from traditional high schools. For more information on how SQRP measures school quality for Options schools, visit www.cps.edu/sqrp.


How Many Students Are Enrolled in Level 1+/1 Schools?

  • Elementary Enrollment Over Time

  • High School Enrollment Over Time

  • Options High School Enrollment Over Time

Enrollment By School

Students who reside in region, including those who attend school out of region

The percentage of elementary students attending Level 1+/1 schools has increased from 64% to 81% since the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students attending Level 2+ schools has decreased from 35% to 12%, while the percentage attending Level 2 and Level 3 schools has increased from 1% to 7% in the past four years.

Elementary

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

High School Enrollment Over Time

The percentage of high school students attending Level 1+/1 schools has decreased from 67% to 64% in the past four years. The percentage of students who attend Level 2 and Level 3 schools has increased from 3% to 5% after briefly jumping to 25% in the 2018-19 school year.

High School

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

Options High School Enrollment Over Time

The percentage of students attending a Level 1+/1 Options high schools in the region has decreased from 46% to 20%. The percentage of students attending Level 2+ schools has increased from 10% to 62%, while the percentage attending Level 2 and Level 3 schools has decreased from 25% to 13%.

Options High School

SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR
  • Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

  • Enrollment by Household Income

Students who reside in region, including those who attend school out of region

The Far Southwest Side region is primarily African American and White. 58% African American students attend Level 1+/1 schools, compared to 92% of White students. 13% of African American students attend Level 2 and Level 3 schools, compared to the 0% of White students.

# and % of students
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

* As a district, CPS has begun using the more inclusive term Latinx to respectfully recognize the diverse heritage and gender identities of our students and families.

Enrollment by Household Income

There is a difference in quality of school attended by students of different household income levels based on the median for the census tract where they reside. Most students reside in tracts where the median household income is either between $64,500 and $86,200 or between $86,200 and $501,000. In the highest income area, 88% of students attend Level 1+/1 schools. This is compared to 29% in areas with income between $50,300 and $64,500 (the third most populated tract).

# and % of students
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Do Students Have Access to Level 1+/1 Schools?

  • Elementary Seats, Enrollment and Access

  • High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

  • Options High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

There are 3,248 students enrolled in Level 1+/1 schools in the region. There are 425 students enrolled in Level 2+ schools and 220 students enrolled in Level 2 schools. There are 223 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats in the region.

93% of Level 1+/1 elementary seats in the region, including 97% of the 223 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats, are in schools with no admissions criteria.

Seats
Students
Unfilled Seats

Elementary Seats, Enrollment and Access

2,750
498
425
220
0
1
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

NOTE: Enrollment in these charts includes all students who attend schools in the region regardless of where they reside. Admissions criteria refer to test scores, grades, attendance, or other requirements for admissions. Due to rounding, some charts may not add up to 100%.

*The bar graph includes overcrowded schools. The unfilled seat numbers remove those schools from the calculation.

High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

There are 0 students enrolled in Level 1+ schools and 731 students enrolled in Level 1 schools in the region. There are 1,098 students enrolled in Level 2+ school. There are 85 unfilled Level 1 seats in the region.

Of all Level 1+/1 high school seats in the region, 100% are in schools with schoolwide admissions criteria, including all of the 85 unfilled Level 1 seats in the region.

Seats
Students
Unfilled Seats

High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

0
731
1,098
0
0
0
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

NOTE: Enrollment in these charts includes all students who attend schools in the region regardless of where they reside. Admissions criteria refer to test scores, grades, attendance, or other requirements for admissions. Due to rounding, some charts may not add up to 100%.

*The bar graph includes overcrowded schools. The unfilled seat numbers remove those schools from the calculation.

Options High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

This year, there is no available capacity in Level 1+/1 Options high schools. Options schools do not have admissions criteria, although many only serve students 16 years old and older.


Quantity

Explore this section for information on the number of seats and enrollment patterns in the region.


How Many Seats Are There for the Student Population?

  • Student Population

  • Student Enrollment

Students who reside in region, including those who attend school out of region

The number of students who live in the Far Southwest Side region has dropped by 93 students (1.7%) since 2016-17, which is less than the 6.9% citywide decline. The K-8th grade population has decreased by 1.0% (less than the 7.4% decrease in total CPS K-8th grade student enrollment) and the 9th-12th grade population has decreased by 6.6% (greater than the 4.0% decrease in total CPS 9th-12th grade student enrollment).

CPS Population

 
9 - 12
 
K - 8
 
PE & PK

Student Enrollment

Students who attend school in region, including those who reside out of region

The number of students enrolled in the region has dropped by 249 students (3.8%), a steeper decline than the student population decline in the region. For the past four years, there have been consistently more students enrolled in the region than live in the region. K-8 enrollment has dropped by 1.5% and 9-12 enrollment has decreased by 9.1%.

CPS Enrollment

 
9 - 12
 
K - 8
 
PE & PK
  • Seats and Enrollment

There are 938 more seats than students enrolled in the region, including 487 elementary school seats and 451 high school seats.

Seats and Enrollment

Seats
Students
 
Elementary
 
High School
3,893
1,829

NOTE: For these charts, the elementary grades students enrolled in combination K-12 schools are grouped into the high school category.


How Many Pre-Kindergarten Seats Are There for the Student Population?

  • Total Pre-K Seats and Enrollment

  • Full-Day Pre-K Seats and Enrollment

  • 4-Year-Old Enrollment Over Time

  • Pre-K Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

In the Far Southwest Side region, there are 431 Pre-K seats, 14% of which are in full-day programs and 86% in half-day programs.

Total Pre-K Seats

 
Full Day
 
Half Day

In the Far Southwest Side region, there were 402 students enrolled in Pre-K as of the 20th day of school (October 1st), 11% of which were in a full-day program. 58% of Pre-K students were 4-year-olds while 42% were 3-year-olds. Pre-K enrollment continues to occur over the course of the school year.

Total Pre-K Enrollment

 
Full Day Age 4
 
Half Day Age 4
 
Full Day Age 3
 
Half Day Age 3

There were 29 unfilled Pre-K seats in the Far Southwest Side region as of the 20th day of school (October 1st), 14 of which were full-day seats. The full-day programs were 77% filled while the half-day programs were 96% filled.

Total Pre-K Seats and Enrollment

 
Pre-K Seats
 
Unfilled Seats

Full-Day Pre-K Seats and Enrollment

In the Far Southwest region, the number of full-day seats has increased from 0 to 60 over the past four years. This number has not changed since the 2018-19 school year.

Full-Day Seats Over Time

4-Year-Old Enrollment Over Time

Over the past four years, the number of 4-year-olds in full-day Pre-K programs has increased from 0 to 45. Between 2017-18 and 2018-19, this number increased by 23, and in the last year it increased by 3 students.

4-Year-Old Enrollment in Full-Day Programs Over Time

Pre-K Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

Enrollment in Pre-K in the region differs from the enrollment by race and ethnicity in Kindergarten in the region. 29% of Pre-K students are African American compared with 37% of Kindergarten students, 54% of Pre-K students are White compared with 50% of Kindergarten students, 11% of Pre-K students are Latinx compared with 12% of Kindergarten students, and 0% of Pre-K students are Asian compared with 1% of Kindergarten students.

Pre-K Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity
 
African American
 
Asian
 
Latinx
 
White
 
Other

Choice

Explore this section for information on school choice patterns and student commute distance and time.


Are Elementary Students Choosing Schools in Their Region?

  • School Choice Over Time

  • School Quality and Choice

  • Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

  • School Quality of Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

  • Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School In Region

  • Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School Out of Region

  • Distance and Time Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

School choice is currently defined as attending a school that is not a student’s zoned school. Over the past four years in this region, elementary students attending a non-zoned school (in or out of region) has declined from 21% to 19%. In the same time frame, students attending their zoned school has risen from 79% to 81%

Elementary Choice Over Time

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

School Quality and Choice

Of the elementary students residing in the Far Southwest Side region, 81% attend a Level 1+/1 school. 83% of students who attend their zoned school go to a Level 1+/1 school; for students who attend a non-zoned school in the Far Southwest Side region, that number rises to 86%; and for students who leave the region, that number is 66%.

Elementary School Quality and Choice

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

Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

Of the 451 students who attend school out of the region, most are African American. African American students attend schools outside the region at the highest rate (24%), compared to the 2% of White students.

Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

 
In Region
 
Out of Region

School Quality of Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

White students who attend schools out of region attend Level 1+/1 schools at a higher rate (74%) than African American students (65%).

School Quality of Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

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

Only kindergarten through 8th grade students are included in school choice calculations, as pre-kindergarteners are not zoned to a school.

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School in Region

7% of elementary students attend a school in their region that is not their zoned school. The majority of these students attend a Level 1+/1 school. Overall, most students attend another zoned school in the region.

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School in Region

 
Magnet
 
Military/JROTC
 
Citywide
 
Selective Enrollment
 
Charter/Contract
 
Other Zoned School

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School Out of Region

12% of elementary students attend a school outside of their region that is not their zoned school. The majority of these students attend a Level 1+/1 school. Overall, most students attend a Selective Enrollment school, another zoned school, or a charter / contract school outside the region.

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School Out of Region

 
Magnet
 
Military/JROTC
 
Citywide
 
Selective Enrollment
 
Charter/Contract
 
Other Zoned School

Distance and Time Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

19% of elementary students do not attend their zoned school. Of those students, 13% stay within one mile of their home and 55% travel more than three miles. 44% of students travel for less than 30 minutes.

Distance Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

 
6+ miles
 
3 - 6 miles
 
1 - 3 miles
 
0 - 1 miles

Region average: 4.8 mi. District average*: 2.8 mi.

Time Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

 
60+ minutes
 
45 - 60 minutes
 
30 - 45 minutes
 
15 - 30 minutes
 
0 - 15 minutes

Region average: 37 min. District average*: 25 min.


*NOTE: Average distances and commute times for students residing in the region and districtwide do not include students attending their zoned school. Averages for all students is in the District section of this report.


Where are Elementary Students Choosing to Attend Outside Their Region?

  • Choice Footprint Map

This map illustrates the current “Choice Footprint” of K-8th graders residing in the Far Southwest Side region but attending a school outside of this region (“Residing-Not-Attending”)

Number of K-8th Grade Students Enrolled at a School Outside of the Far Southwest Side Region

Schools are colored according to SQRP rating

1 - 25
26 - 100
101 - 250
> 250
 
Far Southwest Side Region
 
Other Region
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Are High School Students Choosing Schools in Their Region?

  • Percentage of 8th Grade Students Who Applied to High School

  • Percentage of Students Who Received an Offer from one of Their Top 3 Choices

  • School Choice Over Time

  • School Quality and Choice

  • Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

  • School Quality of Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

  • Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School In Region

  • Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School Out of Region

  • Distance and Time Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

In the 2017-18 school year, CPS launched a new high school application process, GoCPS, which created a single application and timeline for all high schools. Only high school programs that require an application for admissions are included. Applicants were asked to rank the schools and programs on their application in order of preference. Students are guaranteed a seat in the general education program at their zoned/neighborhood high school and did not have to submit an application for that program. For more information about the GoCPS application process, visit http://go.cps.edu.

In the Far Southwest Side region, 312 8th grade students (81%) applied to a variety of high school programs in Rounds 1 and 2 of the GoCPS application process.

% of 8th Grade Students Who Applied to High School

 
Applied
 
Did Not Apply

Percentage of Students Who Received an Offer From One of Their Top 3 Choices

Of the 8th grade students who applied in Round 1, 88% received an offer to one of their top 3 choices of high school programs. This figure does not include selective enrollment high schools.

% of Students Who Received an Offer From One of Their Top 3 Choices

 
1st Choice
 
2nd Choice
 
3rd Choice
 
4th or lower Choice

NOTE: This analysis only includes 8th grade applicants who were enrolled on the 20th day of school in 2018-19. Due to rounding, some charts may not add up to 100%.

School Choice Over Time

School choice is currently defined as attending a school that is not a student’s zoned school. Over the past four years in this region, high school students attending a non-zoned school (in or out of region) has increased from 75% to 79%. In the same time frame, students attending their zoned schools has dropped from 26% to 21%.

High School Choice Over Time

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

School Quality and Choice

Of the 1,234 high school students residing in the Far Southwest Side region, 64% attend a Level 1+/1 school. 0% of students who attend their zoned school go to a Level 1+/1 school (100% attend Level 2+); for students who attend a non-zoned school in the region, that number rises to 100% for Level 1 schools; and for students who leave the region, that number is 67%.

High School Quality and Choice

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

Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

Of the 543 students who attend school outside of the region, most are African American and do so at a rate of 50%. This is higher than the rate of White students and Latinx students (both 33%).

Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

 
In Region
 
Out of Region

School Quality of Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

African American students attend out of region Level 1+/1 high schools at the lowest rate in the region (59%), compared to White students who attend Level 1+/1 schools at a rate of 86% and Latinx students who attend Level 1+/1 schools at a rate of 75%.

School Quality of Students Who Attend School Out of Region by Race/Ethnicity

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

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School in Region

34% of high school students attend a school in their region that is not their zoned school. All of these students attend Level 1 Magnet schools.

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School in Region

 
Magnet
 
Military/JROTC
 
Citywide
 
Selective Enrollment
 
Charter/Contract
 
Other Zoned School

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School Out of Region

44% of high school students attend a school outside of their region that is not their zoned school. The majority of these students attend Level 1+ schools. Overall, most students attend Selective Enrollment schools outside the region.

Students Who Attend Non-Zoned School Out of Region

 
Magnet
 
Military/JROTC
 
Citywide
 
Selective Enrollment
 
Charter/Contract
 
Other Zoned School

Distance and Time Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

79% of high school students do not attend their zoned school. Of those students, 61% travel more than three miles for school and 36% travel more than six miles. 42% of students who do not attend their zoned school travel for less than 30 minutes while 40% travel for more than 45 minutes.

Distance Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

 
6+ miles
 
3 - 6 miles
 
1 - 3 miles
 
0 - 1 miles

Region average: 5.7 mi. District average*: 3.9 mi.

Time Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

 
60+ minutes
 
45 - 60 minutes
 
30 - 45 minutes
 
15 - 30 minutes
 
0 - 15 minutes

Region average: 39 min. District average*: 32 min.

*NOTE: Average distances and commute times for students residing in the region and districtwide do not include students attending their zoned school. Averages for all students is in the District section of this report. Due to rounding, some charts may not add up to 100%.


Where are High School Students Choosing to Attend Outside Their Region?

  • Choice Footprint Map

This map illustrates the current “Choice Footprint” of 9th-12th graders residing in the Far Southwest Side region but attending a school outside of this region (“Residing-Not-Attending”).

Number of 9th-12th Grade Students Enrolled at a School Outside of the Far Southwest Side Region

Schools are colored according to SQRP rating

1 - 25
26 - 100
101 - 250
> 250
 
Far Southwest Side Region
 
Other Region
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Are Options Students Choosing Schools in Their Region?

  • Options High School Choice Over Time

  • Options Students' Distance Traveled to School

  • Options Students' Time Traveled to School

Over the past four years, the share of Far Southwest Side region Options high school students attending a school in the region has remained the same at 0%. Options high school students attend school out of region at a higher rate than elementary students and high school students.

 
Attending School Out of Region
 
Attending Non-Zoned in Region

Options Students' Distance Traveled to School

The average Options high school student in the Far Southwest Side region travels 4.6 miles to school, which is 0.6 miles more than the district average. 15% travel less than a mile and 65% travel more than 3 miles.

Distance Traveled of Options Students in Region vs District

 
6+ miles
 
3 - 6 miles
 
1 - 3 miles
 
0 - 1 miles

Region average: 4.6 mi. District average: 4.0 mi.

Options Students' Time Traveled to School

The average Options high school student in the Far Southwest Side region travels for 31 minutes to school, which is 1 minute less than the district average. 21% travel for less than 15 minutes and 22% travel for more than 45 minutes.

Time Traveled to School if Not Attending Zoned School

 
60+ minutes
 
45 - 60 minutes
 
30 - 45 minutes
 
15 - 30 minutes
 
0 - 15 minutes

Region average: 31 min. District average: 32 min.

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


Where are Options Students Choosing to Attend Outside Their Region?

  • Choice Footprint Map and Table

This map illustrates the current “Choice Footprint” of 9th-12th Options students residing in the Far Southwest Side region.

Number of 9th-12th Grade Options Students residing in the Far Southwest Side Region

Schools are colored according to SQRP rating

1 - 25
26 - 100
101 - 250
> 250
 
Far Southwest Side Region
 
Other Region
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

Options High School Students

  # of Options Students% of HS Students in Options Schools
South Side 98612%
West Side 1,22011%
Greater Stony Island 75811%
Bronzeville / South Lakefront 53211%
Greater Calumet 62310%
Near West Side 848%
Greater Stockyards 3756%
Greater Midway 8746%
Far Southwest Side 715%
Pilsen / Little Village 3005%
Greater Milwaukee Avenue 3065%
North Lakefront 1324%
Northwest Side 3804%
Far Northwest Side 5063%
Greater Lincoln Park 703%
Central Area 323%
District 7,2497%

Variety

Explore this section to learn more about the variety of schools and program types available in the region.


Do Students Have Access to the Variety of Schools and Programs Offered?

  • Elementary Program Density Table

  • High School Program Density Table

Program Density

The Program Density Index measures the “density” of certain academic programs in each region. The index is calculated as the number of program seats per 100 age-eligible CPS students who reside in the region; this index can be used to compare program availability across regions. For high school programs, this index is calculated using the number of seats available for 9th grade via the GoCPS application process and the number of 9th graders who reside in the region.

For more information about types of programs, visit https://cps.edu/Pages/AcademicProgramRFP.aspx.

Program Density Index (Number of Program Seats Per 100 Students)

  Total
Academic Center 10
Dual Language 0
Fine & Performing Arts 20
International Baccalaureate 19
Other 11
Personalized Learning 0
RGC/Classical 6
Selective Enrollment 0
STEM 0
World Language 0
1

Programs listed do not have admissions criteria for enrollment.

2

STEM elementary programs include STEM, STEAM, Math, Science, Engineering and Technology magnet and magnet cluster programs. Schools may offer STEM programming outside of magnet schools/magnet cluster programs.

3

Personalized Learning is a learner-driven instructional model that fosters 21st century skills by empowering every student to actively co-design their learning path, pace, and environment according to their individual needs, strengths, and interests. This data includes schools that are on the path to schoolwide adoption of this approach.

4

Many schools offer arts programming outside of magnet schools/magnet cluster programs. Schools receive a Creative Schools Certification indicating the strength of their arts programming. More information can be found on each school’s profile page.

NOTE: Several elementary schools are currently incubating programs that are not included in the figures above. The following elementary schools will begin Dual Language programming next school year: Clark (West Side), Eberhart (Greater Midway), Funston (Greater Milwaukee Avenue), Goethe (Greater Milwaukee Avenue), and Salazar (Central Area). The following schools will begin Fine & Performing Arts programming next school year: Cameron (West Side), Belmont-Cragin (Far Northwest Side), Till (Bronzeville / South Lakefront), and Portage Park (Far Northwest Side). The following elementary schools are incubating or are candidates for authorization for the IB Primary Years program: Faraday (West Side), Fiske (Bronzeville / South Lakefront), Josephine Locke (Far Northwest Side), McPherson (Northwest Side), and Moos (Greater Milwaukee Avenue). The following elementary schools are incubating or are candidates for authorization for the IB Middle Years program: Belding (Northwest Side), Fairfield (Greater Midway), Little Village (Pilsen / Little Village), and Pickard (Pilsen / Little Village). The following elementary schools will begin Personalized Learning programming next school year: Addams (Greater Calumet) and Hawthorne (Greater Lincoln Park). The following elementary school will begin to phase in a Regional Gifted Center next school year: McPherson (Northwest Side). The following elementary schools will begin STEAM programming next school year: Chase (Greater Milwaukee Avenue), Earhart (Greater Stony Island), Evergreen (Greater Stockyards), and Peterson (Northwest Side). The following elementary schools will begin STEM programming next school year: Columbia Explorers (Greater Stockyards), Cuffe (South Side), Everett (Greater Stockyards), Peck (Greater Midway), and Shoop (Greater Calumet).

High School Program Density Table

Program Density Index (Number of Program Seats Per 100 Students)

  Total
Dual Language 0
Fine & Performing Arts 0
International Baccalaureate 92
Military 8
Other 69
Personalized Learning 0
Selective Enrollment 0
STEM 0
World Language 0
Career & Technical Education 77
1

Selective Enrollment, Military, and IB programs have admissions criteria for enrollment.

2

Many schools may offer STEM programming outside of early college STEM schools.

3

Personalized Learning is a learner-driven instructional model that fosters 21st century skills by empowering every student to actively co-design their learning path, pace, and environment according to their individual needs, strengths, and interests. This data includes schools that are on the path to schoolwide adoption of this approach.

4

Many schools offer arts programming outside of these specific Fine and Performing Arts programs. Schools receive a Creative Schools Certification indicating the strength of their arts programming. More information can be found on each school’s profile page.

NOTE: Several high schools are currently incubating programs that are not included in the figures above. The following high school will begin Dual Language programming next school year: Roosevelt HS (Northwest Side). The following high school will begin Early College STEM programming next school year: Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville (Bronzeville / South Lakefront). The following high schools will begin Fine & Performing Arts programming next school year: Collins HS (West Side) and Wells HS (Greater Milwaukee Avenue). The following high school is in the pre-candidacy phase for the IB Middle Years program: Clark HS (West Side). The following high school will begin STEAM programming next school year: Steinmetz HS (Far Northwest Side).

  • Elementary Program Seats Table

  • High School Program Seats Table

  • Top 3 High School Program Choices Applied to by 8th Grade Students

Number of Seats

  Total
Academic Center 90
Fine & Performing Arts 750
International Baccalaureate 721
Other 413
RGC/Classical 240
Dual Language 0
Personalized Learning 0
STEM 0
World Language 0

High School Program Seats Table

Number of Seats

  Total
CTE: IT 168
CTE: Other 588
International Baccalaureate 1200
Military 100
Other 900
CTE: Building/Transportation 0
CTE: Business/Law 0
CTE: Culinary 0
CTE: Family and Consumer Services 0
CTE: Health 0
CTE: Media/Communication 0
Fine & Performing Arts 0
Personalized Learning 0
Selective Enrollment 0
STEM 0

Top 3 High School Program Choices Applied to by 8th Grade Students

In the 2017-18 school year, CPS launched a new high school application process, GoCPS, which created a single application and timeline for all high schools. Only high school programs that require an application for admissions are included. Applicants were asked to rank order the schools and programs on their application in order of preference. Students are guaranteed a seat in the general education program at their zoned/neighborhood high school and did not have to submit an application for that program. For more information about the GoCPS application process, visit http://go.cps.edu.

These graphs show high school program choices that were ranked No. 1, 2, or 3 by applicants in Round 1 of the GoCPS application process. This data does not include applications to selective enrollment high schools. These graphs compare the number of applications to different programs and the total number of programs in their region and outside of their region. The applications to programs within the region are contingent on the availability of programs.

Of the Top 3 Choice applications from 8th graders in the region, 29% were to programs within region.

Of the applications to programs out of region, general education and CTE programs had the highest number of applications. The majority of applications to programs outside of the region were to programs in Level 1+/1 schools for all types of programs.

TOP 3 HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM CHOICES APPLIED TO BY 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

In Region

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

Out of Region

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

NOTE: This chart shows schools’ SQRP Level for the 2017-18 school year, the year in which these 8th grade students applied to high school.


Reference

  • Elementary Schools

  • High Schools

  • Elementary Programs

  • High School Programs

SQRP, Enrollment, Seats and Choice Data by School

  2016-172017-182018-192019-20
BARNARD Level 1Level 2+Level 1Level 1
CASSELL Level 2+Level 2+Level 1Level 1+
CLISSOLD Level 1Level 2+Level 2+Level 2+
VICK Inability to RateInability to RateInability to RateInability to Rate
ESMOND Level 2+Level 2Level 1+Level 2
KELLOGG Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
MOUNT GREENWOOD Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
KELLER Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
SUTHERLAND Level 2+Level 1Level 1+Level 1+
VANDERPOEL Level 1Level 1Level 2+Level 1

NOTE: RA/TR* - RA/TR is a measure of whether students who reside in the attendance boundary of a zoned school attend that school. RA refers to Kindergarten students who reside in the school’s attendance boundary and attend the school. TR refers to the total number of Kindergarten students who reside in the attendance boundary and attend any CPS school. Citywide schools do not have an attendance boundary and are listed as N/A.

High Schools

TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SQRP, ENROLLLMENT, AND CHOICE DATA BY SCHOOL

  2016-172017-182018-192019-20
MORGAN PARK HS Level 2+Level 2+Level 2Level 2+
CHICAGO AGRICULTURE HS Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1

NOTE: RA/TR* - RA/TR is a measure of whether students who reside in the attendance boundary of a zoned school attend that school. RA refers to Kindergarten students who reside in the school’s attendance boundary and attend the school. TR refers to the total number of Kindergarten students who reside in the attendance boundary and attend any CPS school. Citywide schools do not have an attendance boundary and are listed as N/A.

OPTIONS HIGH SCHOOL SQRP AND ENROLLLMENT DATA BY SCHOOL

 

Elementary Programs

Program Type by School

  Dual LanguageFine & Performing ArtsInternational BaccalaureateOtherPersonalized LearningRGC/ClassicalSTEMWorld Language
BARNARD        
CASSELL        
CLISSOLD       
VICK         
ESMOND        
KELLOGG        
MOUNT GREENWOOD         
KELLER        
SUTHERLAND        
VANDERPOEL        

High School Programs

Program Type by School

  Academic CenterCTE: Building/TransportationCTE: Business/LawCTE: CulinaryCTE: Family and Consumer ServicesCTE: HealthCTE: ITCTE: Media/CommunicationCTE: OtherEarly College STEMFine & Performing ArtsInternational BaccalaureateMilitaryOtherPersonalized LearningSelective EnrollmentSTEM
MORGAN PARK HS              
CHICAGO AGRICULTURE HS