B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Readiness
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Address
42 W Madison St 2nd Flr
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone
(773) 553-1501
Website

Chicago Public Schools Rankings

Niche ranks over 8,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
29%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1080
639 responses
Average ACT
22
12,761 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
392,558
Free or Reduced Lunch
86.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$5,744,617,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,509/ student
National
$11,890
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    64%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    4%

Chicago Public Schools Reviews

92 reviews
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I love the CPS school system for the opportunities it provides. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to a selective enrollment school that had amazing teachers and motivated students for varying levels of socioeconomic status. Unfortunately I do feel like neighborhood schools, that ironically need the most help in order for their students to succeed, do not receive enough funding. I know there is a very limited budget due to the state debt. However, I believe a quality education, especially grammar school and high school, where kids are most impressionable, is indispensable and we should make an effort to invest in younger generations.
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Chicago is a very segregated city clearly. On top of that gentrification is on the rise and we are blaming the forcing people out of their homes. Selective enrollment schools are a showcase of privilege and discrimination. All students should be granted greater education with teachers who genuinely care about their wellbeing, not money hungry mayors who hate poor children of color. My personal experience with CPS has been great for the most part, but I know that for a great majority it is horrible. While I attended a pretentious high school with many opportunities to explore my interests, the school did not care for anything other than sports, grades, and overall reputation. This is also a school that tried to get rid of the special ed program because it would damage the average performance of the school. Anyway, it was okay for me, but the district itself, as well as the mayor, do not care for the students or teachers whatsoever.
What I enjoyed about the CPS High School that I attended was the engineering program that they offered. Through PLTW, I enjoyed what I learned, such as soldering, 3D modeling and building logic circuits. Fortunately, there were programs where I can apply these skills like Sea Perch and Robotics. But I did wish that the school prepared me for college, raising the intensity and difficulty of classes. Also offering more AP courses. I hope to see more funding for CPS so that not only school, but many other CPS schools are able to achieve safety, supplies, proper compensation for teachers, and programs so that kids attending these school can prosper and be ready for a further education and life.