Chicago Public Schools offers a wide variety of choices for elementary school students, including neighborhood, academic centers, charter, classical, contract, international gifted program, magnet, regional gifted center, small and special education.
Academic centers are housed in high schools and provide a college preparatory program for academically gifted and talented seventh and eighth grade students. There are seven academic centers:
The instructional program in classical schools is accelerated and highly structured for strong academic achievement in literature, mathematics, language arts, world language, and the humanities. There are seven classical schools:
Harvard High School (1865–1962) - closed in 1962 due to declining enrollment; last used by St. George's School before the building was converted into condominiums and a family home
Hibbard High School - closed in 1927 when the nearby Roosevelt High School was completed and students were sent there; remains in operation as an elementary school
Jefferson High School - closed in 1910 when the nearby Schurz High School was completed and students were sent there; the school was eventually razed and the Irish American Heritage Center was built on the site
Spalding (1908–2004) - K through 12 school at 1628 W. Washington; building reopened as Hope Institute Learning Academy, a private school with a CPS contract emphasizing services for special-needs children
Washburne Trade School - closed in 1993; reopened in 1994 as part of the City Colleges of Chicago before closing again in 1996. The culinary trade program continues as Washburne Culinary Institute of Kennedy-King College. Washburne school building at 3233 W. 31st St., built in 1910 as the Liquid Carbonic Co. factory and housing the school from 1958 until closing, was considered for landmark status as a Prairie School industrial building but suffered a fire in Feb. 2007 and was demolished by 2009. Converted to a vocational training school in 1919, Washburne was home to Chicago trade union apprentice programs; students earned a high school diploma at the same time.
Westinghouse Career Academy High School - closed in 2009 to make way for the new George Westinghouse College Prep (now selective enrollment) on the 3300 block of West Franklin Blvd.
Former middle schools
Canter Middle School - located at 4959 S Blackstone Ave; voted to be closed in 2013, allowed a 1-year reprieve so 8th graders could graduate. Reused by Chicago Public Schools as Kenwood Academic Center.
Former elementary schools
The former Crispus Attucks Elementary School, Bronzeville, Chicago
R.S. Abbott Elementary School - located at 3630 S. Wells; opened in 1881 and closed in 2008; the building currently houses Air Force Academy High School
John D. Altgeld Elementary School - located at 1340 W 71st St.; closed in 2014. Renamed Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School after moving to the site of this school.
Louis Armstrong Elementary School - located at 5345 W Congress Pkwy; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to Rivers of Living Water Ministries International on April 26, 2017 for $250,000. Slated for use as community center.
Crispus Attucks Elementary School (formerly John Farron Elementary School) - located at 5055 S State St; voted to be closed in 2013, phased out in summer 2015. The Board of Education approved a sale to KMIS Developers on May 24, 2017 for $100,000.
Katharine Lee Bates Elementary School - opened in 1960 and closed in 1979; in 1981 Tabernacle Christian Academy moved into that same building at 1203 W. 109th Place, and is currently in operation.
Blair Elementary School - located at 6751 W 63rd Pl; converted into Blair Early Childhood Center.
Arna Bontemps Elementary School - located at 1241 W 58th St.; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to IFF on Jun 28, 2017 for $50,000. School slated to become mixed-use workforce housing development with at least 46 affordable units. Gym will be converted to commercial leased space. Outdoor area will become urban farm. Offer contingent on receipt of low-income housing tax credits from city.
Kate S. Buckingham School - located at 9207 S. Phillips Ave; voted to be closed in 2013. For sale.
Daniel H. Burnham School - located at 1903 E 96th St.; voted to be closed in 2013. For sale, main building and annex are being sold separately.
Calhoun North Elementary School - located at 2833 W Adams St.; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to Heartland Housing on May 24, 2017 for $200,000. Slated for use as affordable housing. Use restriction: Must be used as housing. Gym and auditorium must be preserved and made available for community programming and partnerships. Cannot be used as any kind of K-12 school or for commercial, retail or industrial development. Owner must provide and maintain a playground for neighborhood children. Sale price will also include about $360,000 in donation tax credits.
Zenos Colman Elementary School - located at 4655 S Dearborn St.; closed in 2005. Converted to the School district's Administration office
Cornell Elementary School - located at 7525 S. Maryland Ave, closed in 1975 and demolished in 1980.
Dodge Elementary School - Now served as Chicago Public Schools, Garfield Park Office.
Ana Roque De Duprey School - located at 2620 W Hirsch St.; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to IFF Von Humboldt on Jul 22, 2015 for $3,100,000. Main building slated to become mixed-use community for teachers. Annex and adjoining playground to be sold to Puerto Rican Cultural Center for $1 and converted into a day care center.
Farragut Elementary School - Became a Junior High School and then a High School which is now known as Farragut Career Academy.
Froebel Elementary School - Demolished in 1980 for housing.
U.S. Grant Elementary School
Hardin Elementary School - closed in 1950's, homes built on that site.
Herman Felsenthal Elementary School - Demolished in 1983.
Henry Horner Elementary School - building converted into residential condos in 2013.
Amelia Dunne Hookway Elementary School - closed in 1981 due to underenrollment. A transitional high school for ninth graders, Cecil Partee Academic Preparatory Center was later housed in that same building. Partee was later relocated to Chicago Vocational Career Academy. In 1988, Lenart Regional Gifted Center opened a selective admissions elementary school in that site.
Jefferson Elementary School
Jirka Elementary School - building converted to Pilsen Community Academy.
John V. LeMoyne Elementary School (formerly Theodore Herzi Elementary School) - Merged with Inter-American Magnet School.
Lafayette Elementary School - Located at 2714 W. Augusta Boulevard. Became Chicago High School for The Arts in 2015.
Langland Elementary School - Located at 2230 W. Cortland Street. This School was demolished in 1960 to make way for Ehrler Park.
Longfellow Elementary School - Razed in 1987 to make way for McKinley Branch Library.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS), officially classified as City of Chicago School District #299 for funding and districting reasons, in Chicago, Illinois, is the third largest school district in the United States. For the 2014–2015 school year, CPS reported overseeing 660 schools, including 484 elementary schools and 176 high schools; of which 517 were district-run, 130 were charter schools, 11 were contract schools and 2 were SAFE schools. The district serves over 396,000 students.Chicago Public School students attend a particular school based on their area of residence, except for charter schools and selective enrollment schools. The school system reported a graduation rate of 77 percent for the 2016–2017 school year. Unlike most school systems, CPS calls the position of superintendent "Chief Executive Officer", but there is no material difference in responsibilities or reporting from what is traditionally a superintendent. CPS reported an average of 20 pupils per teacher in elementary schools and 24.6 pupils per teacher in high school. Approximately 85% of CPS students are Latino or African-American. The student body includes 87% from low-income homes, and 12.2% of students are reported to have limited English proficiency. Average salaries for 2008-2009 were $56,915 for teachers and $120,659 for administrators. For the 2013-2014 school year, CPS reported 41,579 staff positions including 22,519 teachers and 545 principals. In 2012 CPS reported a budget of $5.11 billion with $2.273 billion from local sources, $1.619 billion from the State of Illinois and $0.977 billion from the U.S. Federal Government. Per student spending was reported at $13,078 in 2010.In recent years, Chicago Public Schools has led the nation in test score improvement, learned at a faster rate compared to 96% of all school districts in the country, and as of 2017 has an all-time high graduation rate.
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