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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Chicago Public Schools is a public school district located in Chicago, IL. It has 378,199 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 28% in reading.
Address
42 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602
Telephone
(773) 553-2744
Website

Chicago Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
28%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1070
13,265 responses
Average ACT
23
17,317 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
378,199
Free or Reduced Lunch
83.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,254
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.6%

Finances

Total Expenses
$5,744,617,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,924/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    68%
  • Support Services
    28%
  • Other
    4%

Chicago Public Schools Reviews

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Chicago Public Schools is home to one of the largest education school districts in the United States. Every year CPS' numbers are increasing with graduation rate, we always hear stories about young men and women who grew up in CPS Elementary and High Schools doing great things in College! Outside of the politics of the government, CPS has always been a home to thousands of children and their families.
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I like Chicago Public Schools because of the opportunities I've had within the International Baccalaureate Program my school offers. It has been challenging, but, has prepared me for college through the level of the work, the workload, and the challenge of time management. But, the school system itself has been appalling. They treat us more like prisoners than they do students. We can't leave class with a pass until ten minutes after the bell, they don't let us leave our lunch period to take advantage of the resources provided to us, and they have an unfair system called Loss of Privilege where if you have too many EXCUSED absences they take away your ability to participate in clubs, field trips, and events such as prom and even graduation. I understand this if you are failing a class or have missed twenty days or more of school. But the cut off is ten days. Its frustrating and needs to be fixed.
Chicago Public Schools is a unique school district filled with Military Academies, Public Schools, Charter Schools, And Selective Enrollment High Schools. Academics are good! So as college readiness, but the thing is bad is some school in west and southside Chicago. They are not well funded enough to be safe or have a good facility. SEHS are really good and challenging, but even these schools are getting not enough funding from the CPS Board. It is all heavily funded by Private donors and foundations. It is a great district, but needs improvements.Alot