May is College Signing Month at CPS. It’s a chance for our students, our parents, our educators, and our larger school communities to celebrate the next steps of our graduating seniors.  We are so proud of these fantastic accomplishments!


DeShawn Adams

DeShawn Adams

DeShawn Adams, senior at Austin/VOISE Academy has been named both a Gates and Posse scholarship recipient.  DeShawn is a student in the CPS Cooperative Education Work Study program where he has an internship in his senior year at Accenture in Chicago’s loop, working in their IT department.  He plans to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut  in the fall.  Congratulations DeShawn!




Peace & Education Coalition High School

At Peace & Education Coalition High School, seniors decorated their lockers with their college acceptance letters. The school also held a Decision Day ceremony where each graduating senior announced their college choice to the student body and received a certificate acknowledging their success.



Like his principal, Mr. Scott Grens, Lake View High School senior Owen Leon will attend college on the Chick Evans Golf Caddy Scholarship. After years of hard work as a caddy at Ridgemoor Country Club, Owen received the full tuition and housing scholarship this year and will attend the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Read more about Owen’s journey here.

Von Steuben HS

The Class of 2016 from Von Steuben HS has earned more than $20 million in scholarship offers so far this year, exceeding last year’s total by $8 million. Six of these students are POSSE winners, one is a Gates Millennium Scholar, and one will be attending Northwestern University on a Quest Bridge Scholarship. One Von Steuben senior had to choose between a full scholarship to Harvard and one to Stanford (she chose Harvard), and another will attend the University of Wisconsin Madison as part of the Chicago Scholars Program.



Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

At Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, graduating seniors announced their college choices with a fashion show. On April 30, each student arrived at school wearing a shirt from their soon-to-be college, then posed for a huge group photo.



Shaprice Hunt, ranked #5 in Al Raby High School’s Class of 2016, has been accepted to 35 colleges and received $1.3 million in scholarship offers. Her twin brother Deprice was so proud of his sister that he posted her accomplishments on Facebook – a post that has generated more than 70,000 likes and over 200,000 comments, and has caught the attention of the national media. Read more about Shaprice here.

Phillips Career Academy

A drum line performance, a lip sync contest, and numerous dance-offs between students and staff. These marked the Decision Day celebration at Phillips Career Academy, as did each senior announcing his or her post-secondary plans and receiving a pennant from their future college.






Walter Payton College Preparatory High School

Seniors in Ms. Imrem’s class at Payton College Prep spent the year listing the colleges they’d been accepted to on the classroom bulletin board. On May 2, each student approached that board and circled the school of their choice. The class celebrated with bagels, which represented those circles and the circle of life.