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2017 District Academic Progress Report

By | September 7th, 2017|

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year! We are thrilled to have your children with us for another year of exploration and discovery, and we are confident that they will continue to build on their incredible academic gains. We also want you to keep track of CPS’ progress, which is why we’re enclosing the annual CPS Report Card in both english (pdf) and spanish (pdf). As you know, Chicago students from every neighborhood in the city are doing better than they’ve ever done academically. In [...]

2017 Graduates: One Student’s Reflection on his Years at CPS

By | June 23rd, 2017|

The following post was written by Keduse Worku, a 2017 graduate of Whitney Young High School who will attend Yale University this fall. My name is Keduse Worku, and I’m an Ethiopian immigrant. When I was very young, my aunt’s request for American Visas was approved for her, me, and my cousin, but the request didn’t cover my parents. They chose to give up their only child in hopes of giving me opportunities they knew I could never receive in [...]

2017 Graduates: Redefining Disability

By | June 20th, 2017|

Recent Ogden International High School graduate Nia Spencer refuses to let her hearing loss prevent her from doing what she wants, which is to become a world-class chef. Beginning this fall, Nia will attend New York’s Monroe College on a full tuition scholarship, and has already earned a spot on the school’s elite competition team. She received additional scholarships from the Boys and Girls Club and the Illinois Restaurant Association, which she will use to earn her degree in the [...]

New Investments in Schools Coming to the Near South Community

By | June 14th, 2017|

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, [...]

Better Make Room Chicago

By | June 12th, 2017|

In celebration of Chicago’s Class of 2017, we’re launching our #BetterMakeRoomChicago social media campaign. It’s our version of former First Lady (and Whitney Young grad) Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Initiative. We want to encourage and empower our students to further their education past high school whether it’s professional certification program, city college, or a traditional 4-year college or university. We’ll be shouting out students all week on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and we hope you’ll join us. Use [...]

Celebrating a College-Going Culture

By | May 19th, 2017|

Today, I received a photo from Goode High School’s principal Armando Rodriguez that made me really happy. It was a photo of six seniors that just earned their Associate’s Degree from City College while still attending Goode! I want to take a moment to celebrate students who have taken full advantage of our dual-credit programs, and earned college credits while attending high school. Thousands of these ambitious scholars are setting themselves up for a smoother path to college, career, and [...]

Celebrating Our Educators: Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

By | May 1st, 2017|

Teachers educate, inspire and transform their students’ lives each and every day. So for all of the time that they spend teaching, lesson planning, and nurturing their students, we want to say, “Thank You!” But we can’t do this alone. We are asking that you help us celebrate all of the amazing Chicago teachers that help make our city great. Along with the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), we are celebrating Teacher Appreciation [...]

Announcing ‘Learn. Plan. Succeed’

By | April 5th, 2017|

“We need to change how we think about what it means to be a high school graduate. A diploma alone isn’t enough anymore,” said Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson as she and Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched ‘Learn. Plan. Succeed’ – a new graduation requirement that will ensure our students are looking beyond high school and to the career ahead. This proposed new graduation requirement marks an important shift in mindset, because we firmly believe that a high school diploma must [...]

Take Five with Jannotta-Jaffee Teacher of the Year Kat Henry

By | March 31st, 2017|

Since 2010, the Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) has presented one CPS educator with the Jannotta-Jaffee Teacher of the Year Award. This year’s winner is Kat Henry, who has devoted eight years of her life to the students of Pulaski International School. The Jannotta-Jaffee Award is presented to teachers who go above and beyond expectations to make great learning possible. This certainly describes Kat Henry, who has a true passion for teaching special education. As one of her nominators wrote, [...]

CPS: A District of Choice

By | March 8th, 2017|

Last week, Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson had the opportunity to speak on the important issue of school choice. Her audience was the 2017 fellows from Leadership Greater Chicago – an organization that works to familiarize new generations of Chicago leaders with multiple perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and resources that define this diverse and thriving city. Here’s what Dr. Jackson had to say: If I’ve learned one thing in my time with CPS, it’s that educating children [...]