This is an exciting time in Near South community, as new families and businesses move into the area and bring vibrant new energy to this area. For Chicago Public Schools, this means that we are exploring ways to best serve all your children with schools that not only provide strong academic programs, but also meet all the educational needs of this community, including high quality options for children from pre-K through their senior year of high school.

Over the years, we have heard from many of you that the most critical need for your community is high quality neighborhood schools that serves the needs of the current residents with capacity to grow to meet the projected growth in the residents.

CPS has considered several ways to provide the highest quality academic experience from pre-K through 12th grade to students in the Near South area of the city, and we invite you to two upcoming forums to learn about a preliminary framework, as well as provide your feedback.

South Loop Elementary Expansion and a New Neighborhood High School

CPS is currently considering a framework that would Convert National Teachers Academy, currently an elementary school, into a high school to serve the families in the Near South area.


Students who attend NTA could enroll at South Loop Elementary School, which is building a new state-of-the-art facility and is one of the highest-performing schools in the city.

An appealing potential result about potentially converting NTA into a high school and expanding South Loop ES would be the increased diversity at both schools. We firmly believe and studies have shown that integrating diverse communities helps all students succeed at a higher level and strengthen our community.

As we continue to hearing your feedback, we cordially invite you to participate in the upcoming community discussions.

Community Meetings

If needed, additional community meetings will be scheduled to continue the discussion about the future of schools in the Near South area. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and questions, and please feel free to email with input.

Finally, please review our Near South Side School Planning Presentation and Near South Side School Planning FAQ.

**As of June 20, 2017, updated Near South HS Meeting Presentation and Near South HS Meeting FAQ.

***As of July 10, 2017, updated Near South HS Meeting Presentation and Near South HS Meeting FAQ.