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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 359,476 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 27% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
27%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1070
16,044 responses
Average ACT
23
15,803 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
359,476
Free or Reduced Lunch
83.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,254
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,409/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    69%
  • Support Services
    27%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$113,275
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,154
National
$949
Median Home Value
$454,200
National
$184,700

Chicago Public Schools Reviews

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Chicago public schools typically had mixed reviews among peers. There were some things that CPS did well that encouraged a prosperous learning environment, but there were also many faults in the system that caused stress and dysfunction in the classrooms. In my school specifically, Lincoln Park Highschool, there was a very disturbing amount of dysfunction that displeased the students, teachers, and parents alike. The Chicago Teachers Union held a strike against CPS due to the issues regarding class size, among other reasons. As a student, it was not reassuring to experience all the issues CPS caused regarding the quality of learning experience. In the classroom, the faults of CPS were a little less noticeable due to the quality of the teaching that my peers and I received but nonetheless was still at the back of everyone's minds, causing slight anxiety that the system is not working in our favor.
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Throughout my time in CPS, I feel like I have been well educated and prepared for the world. Obviously, teachers and resources vary at every school, but my experience has been positive. In my current school, we have access to computers, printers, tutors and a multitude of extracurriculars. Some schools are less fortunate, and that has a negative impact on the education of these students. Sometimes, it seems like there are multiple school districts within the city due to now vastly different each school is. This is a direct result of redlining and property taxes in the city, but that is a review for another day.
So far I've been to two Chicago Public Schools, both of them have been elementary schools. In my first elementary school that I went to, there was a huge bullying problem that was going on. But then when I told these people I trusted. They ignored it and Shrugged It Off. To the second school I went to, it was much better. My academic performance was excellent in school. And I could clearly tell the teachers cared about me and my education. Although the social life in school quality has not been the greatest as a lot of the students come from low-income households where they may not have been treated the best. And that shows who the academics.