HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EDUCATION IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO.
Based on recent Chicago graduation trends, it’s reasonable to expect that close to 6,000 of this year’s Chicago Public Schools ninth-graders will not graduate within five years.
The five-year high-school graduation rate in Chicago is now 78.9 percent for all students. For African-American male students, the rate is 65.4 percent, and for Hispanic male students, the rate is 77 percent.
About 355,000 students attend public schools in Chicago. Most come from lower-income households, with 76.4 percent of them meeting the federal government’s standards to qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches.
Of some 640 public schools, only a small number have full-time social workers on staff. Social workers, nurses, and other critical support staff typically are shared among multiple schools.
The challenges that face Chicago do not stop at schools’ main entrances. From persistent poverty and stubbornly high homicide rates to residential segregation and gangs, each of these issues often find their way into classrooms to negatively impact student behavior and performance.
Sources: Catalyst (2016); Chicago Public Schools.
AND HERE’S WHAT COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS (CIS) OF CHICAGO IS ACCOMPLISHING:
Since Fall 2009, of the 1,700 students whom our professionals have provided targeted, case-managed support, 97 percent of the high-school seniors have graduated, and 95 percent of the K-11 students were promoted to the next grade one time. Read more about our recent results here.
Since 1988, we have helped some 900,000 students stay on track for grade progression and high-school graduation.