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 more than 4,000 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 82.5 percent for all students. For African-American male students, the rate is 71.1 percent, and for Hispanic male students, the rate is 80.1 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.
While CPS and the City of Chicago committed in fall 2019 to placing a full-time nurse and full-time social worker in all district schools over time, many schools are sharing those essential resources this year.
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.
Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the stress level of many students and families, making their needs for wrap around support services more acute than perhaps ever before.
Sources: Catalyst (2016); Chicago Public Schools.
AND HERE’S WHAT COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF CHICAGO IS ACCOMPLISHING
Since Fall 2009, of the 4,000 students our professionals have provided targeted, case-managed support to, 97 percent of the students graduated or were promoted to the next grade on time. Fewer than 1 percent of students dropped out.
Since 1988, we have helped more than 1 million students stay on track for grade progression and high-school graduation.