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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
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Chicago Public Schools is a public school district located in Chicago, IL. It has 387,311 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 23% of students are at least proficient in math and 27% 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
27%
Percent Proficient - Math
23%
Average Graduation Rate
74%
Average SAT
1050
6,763 responses
Average ACT
22
16,264 responses
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Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
387,311
Free or Reduced Lunch
84%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
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
$15,765/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%

Chicago Public Schools Reviews

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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
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CPS is filled with inefficiencies and bureaucracy. Over my 13 years in their system, there have been two teacher strikes, and many more planned. Contract negotiations have kept me up late at night, wondering if there is school tomorrow. Every time the teachers concede to the state and end their strike, they simply begin gearing up for the next strike where they hope their issues will finally be solved, although they never are.
However, CPS has done a phenomenal job with my education. I have had the opportunity to take 13 APs throughout high school, as well as classes that involve advanced technology, such as 3D Printing. We've also had needed repairs done to our school. When the auditorium ceiling collapsed during the spring play, CPS allocated funds to fix it more quickly than expected.
Overall, CPS has been given very little to work with, and while the teachers have constant financial battles over fair compensation, they have been able to provide me with a valuable education.
Though my school was public, we definitely benefited from out side resources and outside donors. Though I know in comparison to other public my school was very well off. We were provided many opportunities to advance within our college and art career. Though I know in many other public high schools, it is almost like a dead end. Many students struggle to apply to colleges or can even afford to pay it, and public schools often then not don't provide the tools or learning for students to apply for colleges. Also my school had a wonderful and advance art program, I know for many other public schools, one of the first things to be cut are the art programs. Though one negative thing all around that high schools had much in common was the food. High schools have terrible lunch food that many students rather starve then actually eat the food because of how terrible it was. So although my public high school was very good, in comparison to many other schools, theres were not.