Region 2
Northwest 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 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. The region is served by 19 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 Northwest Side region has become less Latinx and more White.

The racial/ethnic composition of the Northwest Side student population is almost half Latinx, although in the past four years the share of Latinx students has dropped from 48% to 46% and the percentage of White students has risen from 23% to 25%. The area is also home to a relatively high share of Asian students, which has consistently been 15% of the student population.

The southwestern part of the Northwest Side region is mostly Latinx, while the southeastern part is more White. The northern part of the region is more diverse, with more Asian and African American students.

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 70% to 64% in the past four years, which is lower than the overall district percentage of 76%.

The Northwest Side region is primarily made up of high-income neighborhoods, with some lower-income areas in the northern and western parts.


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 37 elementary schools in the Northwest Side region, including 23 Level 1+ schools, 10 Level 1 schools, 2 Level 2+ schools, and 2 Level 2 schools.

There are 29 zoned elementary schools in this region. 94% 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 10 high schools in the Northwest Side region: 4 Level 1+ schools, 4 Level 1 schools, 1 Level 2+ school, and 1 Inability to Rate school. In addition, there is 1 Level 2+ Options high school in the region.

There are 3 zoned high schools in this region. 50% of high school students residing in this region live 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 48 schools in the region, including 37 elementary schools, 10 high schools, and 1 Options high school. The number of Level 1+/1 schools has fluctuated over the past four years but has risen to 41 this year. The number of Level 2+ schools also fluctuated between 6 and 4 in the past four years. The number of Level 2 schools has decreased from 3 to 2 schools.

Schools

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

Elementary 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 elementary seats is 86%, the same as in the 2016-17 school year.

Elementary

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

High School Seats Over Time

The percentage of Level 1+/1 high school seats has decreased slightly from 88% to 87% since the 2016-17 school year.

High School

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

Options Seats Over Time

The percentage of Level 1+/1 Options high school seats has remained at 0% since the 2016-17 school year.

Options 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 slightly from 90% to 91% over the past four years. The percentage of students attending Level 2+ schools has decreased slightly from 8% to 6% over the past four years, similar to the percentage of students attending Level 2 and Level 3 schools (3% in 2016-17 and 2% in 2019-20).

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 82% to 79% in the past four years. The percentage of students who attend a Level 2+ school has increased from 6% to 17% over the past four years, while the percentage attending Level 2 and Level 3 schools has decreased from 10% to 3%.

High School

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

Options High School Enrollment Over Time

In the past for years, there has been an increase in enrollment in Options high schools in the region. The percentage of students in the region attending Level 1+/1 schools has decreased from 38% to 34%. The percentage of students attending Level 2+ schools has increased from 30% to 38%. Despite an increase in students attending Level 2 and Level 3 schools in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, the percentage has dropped down to 24% in the 2019-20 school year.

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 Northwest Side region’s student population is primarily Latinx and White. 82% of Latinx students attend Level 1+/1 schools, compared to 95% of White students and 81% of African American 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 very slight variation of school quality by income level, as measured by the median income for the census tract in which a student resides. The majority of students live in areas with household incomes between $39,000 and $86,200. In the area with lower household income, 84% attend Level 1+/1 schools. In the area with a higher household income, 92% of students attend Level 1+/1 schools.

# 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 20,430 students enrolled in Level 1+/1 schools in the region. There are 1,224 students enrolled in Level 2+ schools and 856 students enrolled in Level 2 schools. There are 2,717 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats in the region.

90% of Level 1+/1 elementary seats in the region, including 98% of the 2,717 unfilled Level 1+/1 elementary seats, are in schools with no admissions criteria. 8% of elementary seats are in schools that have some programs with admissions criteria and 3% are in schools that have schoolwide admissions criteria.

Seats
Students
Unfilled Seats

Elementary Seats, Enrollment and Access

14,702
5,728
1,224
856
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.

High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

There are 12,093 students enrolled in Level 1+/1 high schools in the region. There are 961 students enrolled in Level 2+ schools. There are 0 unfilled Level 1+ high school seats and 396 unfilled Level 1 high school seats in the region.

Of all Level 1+/1 high school seats in the region, 20% are in schools with no admissions criteria, 14% are in schools that have some programs with admissions criteria, and 66% are in schools that have schoolwide admissions criteria. 7% of the 396 unfilled Level 1+/1 high school seats have no admissions criteria.

Seats
Students
Unfilled Seats

High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

8,551
3,542
961
0
0
236
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.

Seats
Students

Options High School Seats, Enrollment and Access

0
0
316
0
0
0
SQRP Rating (Levels)
1+
1
2+
2
3
Inability to Rate
IR

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 Northwest Side region has dropped by 1,665 students (4.4%) since 2016-17, which is less than the 6.9% citywide decline. The K-8th grade population has decreased by 5.7% (less than the 7.4% decrease in total CPS K-8th grade student enrollment) and the 9th-12th grade population has increased by 1.7% (opposite of 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 more than 1,000 students (2.7%), a slighter 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 living in the region. K-8 enrollment has dropped by 4.8%, while the 9-12 enrollment has increased by 2.3%.

CPS Enrollment

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

There are 3,315 more elementary seats than students enrolled in the region. However, there are 1,132 more high school students enrolled in the region than ideal capacity.

Seats and Enrollment

Seats
Students
 
Elementary
 
High School
22,510
13,606

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 Northwest Side region, there are 1,758 Pre-K seats, 65% of which are in full-day programs and 35% in half-day programs.

Total Pre-K Seats

 
Full Day
 
Half Day

In the Northwest Side region, there were 1,627 students enrolled in Pre-K as of the 20th day of school (October 1st), 66% of which were in a full-day program. 78% of Pre-K students were 4-year-olds while 22% 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 131 unfilled Pre-K seats in the Northwest Side region as of the 20th day of school (October 1st), 64 of which were full-day seats. The full-day programs were 94% filled while the half-day programs were 89% filled.

Total Pre-K Seats and Enrollment

 
Pre-K Seats
 
Unfilled Seats

Full-Day Pre-K Seats and Enrollment

In the Northwest Side region, there has been a 511% increase of full-day seats (960 seats) over the past four years. The majority of this increase occurred between 2017-18 and 2018-19 but the number has nonetheless increased by 438 in the past year.

Full-Day Seats Over Time

4-Year-Old Enrollment Over Time

Over the past four years, there has been a 597% increase in enrollment (883 students) of 4-year-olds in full-day Pre-K programs.

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

Pre-K Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

Enrollment in Pre-K is proportionally by more Latinx students and less White students than in Kindergarten. 46% of Pre-K students are Latinx, compared with 40% of Kindergarten students, and 23% of Pre-K students are White compared with 30% 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 fallen from 35% to 32%. In the same time frame, students attending their zoned school has risen from 65% to 68%.

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 Northwest Side region, 91% attend a Level 1+/1 school. 94% of students who attend their zoned school go to a Level 1+/1 school; for students who attend a non-zoned school in the Northwest Side region, that number falls to 86%; and for students who leave the region, that number is 84%.

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 3,627 students who attend school out of the region, most are Latinx and White. Asian and Latinx students attend a school out of region at a lower rate than other ethnicities.

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 school out of the region attend Level 1+/1 schools at a higher rate than Latinx students and African Americans.

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

17% 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

15% 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 another zoned school or Magnet 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

32% of elementary students do not attend their zoned school. Of those students, 32% stay within one mile of their home and 30% travel more than three miles. The majority – 66% 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: 2.5 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: 25 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 Northwest 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 Northwest Side Region

Schools are colored according to SQRP rating

1 - 25
26 - 100
101 - 250
> 250
 
Northwest 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 Northwest Side region, 2,570 8th grade students 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, 80% 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 risen from 68% to 71%. In the same time frame, students attending their zoned schools has decreased from 32% to 29%.

High School Choice Over Time

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

School Quality and Choice

Of the 10,248 high school students residing in the region, 79% attend a Level 1+/1 school. For students attending school out of the region, 69% attend a Level 1+/1 school; for students attending a non-zoned school in the region, that number is 95%. 65% of students attending their zoned school attend a Level 1+/1 school.

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 2,893 students who attend school out of the region (see above), most are Latinx or White. Latinx students and African American students attend a school out of region at a higher rate than other ethnicities.

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

Latinx students attend Level 1+/1 schools at a lower rate than African American students – 60% compared to 68%.

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

43% of high school students attend a school in their region that is not their zoned school. The majority of these students attend Level 1+/1 schools. Overall, most students attend Select Enrollment or Magnet schools 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

28% 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+/1 schools. Overall, most students attend another zoned school or Charter/Contract 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

71% of high school students do not attend their zoned school. Of those students, 37% travel more than three miles for school and 11% travel more than six miles. 61% of students who do not attend their zoned school travel for less than 30 minutes while 14% 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: 3.1 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: 29 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 Northwest 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 Northwest Side Region

Schools are colored according to SQRP rating

1 - 25
26 - 100
101 - 250
> 250
 
Northwest 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 Northwest Side region Options high school students attending a school in the region has increased from 18% to 27%. Options high school students attend school out of region at a much 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 Northwest Side region travels 5.3 miles to school, which is 1.3 miles more than the district average. 3% travel less than a mile and 74% 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: 5.3 mi. District average: 4.0 mi.

Options Students' Time Traveled to School

The average Options high school student in the Northwest Side region travels for 41 minutes to school, which is 9 minutes more than the district average. 3% travel for less than 15 minutes and 38% 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: 41 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 Northwest Side region.

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

Schools are colored according to SQRP rating

1 - 25
26 - 100
101 - 250
> 250
 
Northwest 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.


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  • 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 4
Dual Language 22
Fine & Performing Arts 11
International Baccalaureate 1
Other 3
Personalized Learning 10
RGC/Classical 3
Selective Enrollment 0
STEM 5
World Language 3
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 7
International Baccalaureate 15
Military 3
Other 9
Personalized Learning 7
Selective Enrollment 48
STEM 0
World Language 0
Career & Technical Education 20
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 240
Dual Language 5250
Fine & Performing Arts 2592
International Baccalaureate 250
Other 600
Personalized Learning 2449
RGC/Classical 750
STEM 1140
World Language 600

High School Program Seats Table

Number of Seats

  Total
CTE: Building/Transportation 252
CTE: Business/Law 168
CTE: Culinary 252
CTE: Family and Consumer Services 84
CTE: Health 84
CTE: IT 840
Fine & Performing Arts 800
International Baccalaureate 1600
Military 352
Other 980
Personalized Learning 800
Selective Enrollment 5240
CTE: Media/Communication 0
CTE: Other 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 West Side region, 60% were to programs within region.

Of the applications to programs out of region, International Baccalaureate and general education programs had the highest number of applications. General education programs are also the most prevalent. The majority of applications to programs outside of the region were to programs in Level 1+/1 schools for most 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, ENROLLLMENT, PRE-K SEATS AND CHOICE DATA BY SCHOOL

  2016-172017-182018-192019-20
ASPIRA - HAUGAN Level 2+Level 2Level 2Level 1
CICS - IRVING PARK Level 1Level 1Level 2+Level 1+
ACERO - FUENTES Level 1Level 2+Level 1Level 1
ACERO - DE LA CRUZ Level 2Level 1Level 1Level 2
ARMSTRONG G Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
AUDUBON Level 1+Level 1Level 1+Level 1+
BATEMAN Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
EDISON Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
BELDING Level 2+Level 1+Level 1Level 1+
BELL Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
BOONE Level 1Level 1+Level 1Level 1
BUDLONG Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
CHAPPELL Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1
CLEVELAND Level 1Level 1+Level 2+Level 1
CLINTON Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
JORDAN Level 2+Level 2+Level 1Level 1+
COONLEY Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
DECATUR Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
HAUGAN Level 1Level 1Level 1Level 1
HENRY Level 1Level 1Level 2+Level 1
HIBBARD Level 1+Level 1+Level 1Level 1+
JAHN Level 2Level 1Level 2+Level 2
JAMIESON Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
VON LINNE Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1
MCPHERSON Level 1Level 2+Level 1Level 2+
MURPHY Level 2+Level 1Level 2+Level 1
PALMER Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
PETERSON Level 1+Level 1Level 1+Level 1
ROGERS Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
SAUGANASH Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
SOLOMON Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
STONE Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
VOLTA Level 1Level 1Level 1+Level 2+
ALBANY PARK Level 1+Level 1Level 1+Level 1+
WATERS Level 1+Level 1Level 1+Level 1+
NORTH RIVER Level 1Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
WEST RIDGE 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.

Albany Park is co-located with Edison.

High Schools

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

  2016-172017-182018-192019-20
CICS - NORTHTOWN HS Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1
AMUNDSEN HS Level 1Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
LANE TECH HS Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
MATHER HS Level 1Level 1Level 2+Level 1
ROOSEVELT HS Level 2Level 2Level 2+Level 2+
VON STEUBEN HS Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
NORTHSIDE LEARNING HS Inability to RateInability to RateInability to RateInability to Rate
NORTHSIDE PREP HS Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+Level 1+
ALCOTT HS Level 1+Level 1Level 1+Level 1
DISNEY II HS Level 1+Level 1+Level 1Level 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

  2016-172017-182018-192019-20
PATHWAYS - AVONDALE HS Level 2+Level 2Level 2Level 2+

Elementary Programs

Program Type by School

  Dual LanguageFine & Performing ArtsInternational BaccalaureateOtherPersonalized LearningRGC/ClassicalSTEMWorld Language
ASPIRA - HAUGAN         
CICS - IRVING PARK        
ACERO - FUENTES         
ACERO - DE LA CRUZ         
ARMSTRONG G         
AUDUBON        
BATEMAN        
EDISON       
BELDING         
BELL        
BOONE        
BUDLONG         
CHAPPELL        
CLEVELAND       
CLINTON         
JORDAN         
COONLEY         
DECATUR        
HAUGAN         
HENRY        
HIBBARD        
JAHN        
JAMIESON         
VON LINNE        
MCPHERSON        
MURPHY        
PALMER         
PETERSON         
ROGERS         
SAUGANASH         
SOLOMON         
STONE        
VOLTA        
ALBANY PARK         
WATERS       
NORTH RIVER         
WEST RIDGE         

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
CICS - NORTHTOWN HS                  
AMUNDSEN HS                
LANE TECH HS               
MATHER HS               
ROOSEVELT HS             
VON STEUBEN HS               
NORTHSIDE LEARNING HS                 
NORTHSIDE PREP HS                 
ALCOTT HS                 
DISNEY II HS