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Near South Side School Planning

FAQ
June 6, 2017
Version 1 (6/6/17)

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FAQ for NTA/South Loop Community Meeting

Why are we having this conversation now?

As the Near South Side area continues to grow, weve received feedback from a number
of community groups, all of whom want to see a comprehensive plan for how CPS can
better serve your students continuously from Pre-K through 12th grade.

We have engaged in conversations about several possibilities, including moving the


attendance boundary for South Loop Elementary and converting National Teachers
Academy into a neighborhood high school that would serve communities such as
Bridgeport, Chinatown, North Bronzeville and the South Loop.

What are we discussing at tonights meeting?

Our goal is to provide children from Pre-K through 12th grade with high-quality options,
including strong academic programs and learning environments that best meet all of
their unique needs.

We have heard from many stakeholders with various ideas on how to strengthen
educational offerings in the community. Based on that input, CPS has created a
preliminary framework for how to provide every student living in the Near South Side
area with a quality education.

Before we move forward, we want to get your feedback and ideas. The purpose of
presenting a preliminary framework is to start the conversation and garner feedback
from community members about how to best strengthen school options in the Near
South Side area.

Tonight is meant to be a conversation that will:


o Help us gather your feedback, answer your questions and understand your
priorities;
o Help us adjust our preliminary framework to best meet the needs of the
community and its residents;
o Make sure you understand the facts that will help guide our decisions; and
o Update you on some developments that have already taken place.

What is the current state of high schools in the Near South Side area?

To study this question, we chose a geographic area that represents the Near South Side
area. As you can see in Figures 1, 3 and 6 below, we drew a 5 by 5 grid of half-mile
squares around NTA, which is located in the middle of the Near South Side area. We
have called this area a subset of the Near South Side (see Figure 1 below).
o This is NOT a boundary area, but a helpful starting point for our analysis. It
provides a study area that represents the Near South Side area.

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o This area includes a combination of South Loop, Chinatown, Armour Square,


Bridgeport and North Bronzeville communities.

Looking at this subset of the Near South Side area, we can see that there are many
quality options for elementary school children. Students in grades 9-12, however, have
far fewer options (see Figures 1 and 2 below).

Whats more, the high schools with the strongest academic programs and best school
quality ratings are at capacity, have selective enrollment admission criteria and/or are
city-wide specialty schools (see Figure 1 and 2 below).
o 2 of the 12 schools in this area are Level 1+ (Jones and Whitney Young).
However, both are selective enrollment schools, meaning that they have
academic requirements in order for students to be admitted. Therefore, these
schools are not guaranteed options for all high school students in the community.
o Another 2 of the 12 schools in this area are Level 1 (Chicago Military Academy
and Air Force Academy). However, both have city-wide applications, a specialty
focus and academic requirements for students to be admitted. Therefore, these
schools are not guaranteed options for all high school students in the community.
o Of the five neighborhood schools in the area, three are Level 2+ and two are
Level 2.

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Figure 1:

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Figure 2:

Near South Side Area High Schools


School type School name SQRP Enrollment Capacity Utilization

JUAREZ HS Level 2+ 1607 1584 101%

KELLY HS Level 2+ 2075 1872 111%


District -
Neighborhood PHILLIPS HS Level 2 558 1824 31%
HS ()
TILDEN HS Level 2 280 1968 14%

WELLS HS Level 2+ 378 1392 27%


AIR FORCE
Level 1 335 888 38%
HS
CHICAGO
Level 1 293 624 47%
MILITARY HS
District -
Citywide HS DUNBAR HS Level 2 561 2016 28%
() Inability to
GRAHAM HS 119 83 143%
Rate
SIMPSON HS Level 2 64 192 33%

District - JONES HS Level 1+ 1819 1920 95%


Selective
Enrollment HS
(O) YOUNG HS Level 1+ 2112 2016 105%

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What is the current state of elementary schools in this area?

Unlike the high school situation, this subset of the Near South Side area has numerous
elementary schools that are rated Level 1 and 1+. 20 of the 28 schools are Level 1 or
Level 1+ (Figures 3 and 4 below).

16 of these 20 Level 1 or 1+ schools are also neighborhood schools. As a result, many


elementary school children have access to a quality learning environment that is close to
their homes (see Figures 3 and 4 below).

Figure 3:

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Figure 4:
Near South Side Area Elementary Schools

School type School name SQRP Enrollment Capacity Utilization

ARMOUR Level 1 274 480 57%


COOPER Level 1+ 493 1110 44%
DOOLITTLE Level 3 287 510 56%
DRAKE Level 2 418 1230 34%
EVERGREEN Level 1 303 420 72%
FULLER Level 2+ 366 570 64%
HAINES Level 1+ 671 690 97%
HEALY Level 1+ 1472 1140 129%
HENDRICKS Level 1 225 600 38%
HOLDEN Level 1+ 498 660 75%
JUNGMAN Level 1 291 480 61%
District - MCCLELLAN Level 1+ 366 420 87%
Neighborhood
ES () MOLLISON Level 2 381 540 71%
NTA Level 1 706 840 84%
PEREZ Level 1 311 990 31%
PERSHING Level 2+ 628 900 70%
PILSEN Level 2 360 750 48%
SKINNER Level 1+ 1062 870 122%
SMYTH Level 1 436 1230 35%
SOUTH LOOP Level 1+ 779 690 113%
WALSH Level 2 365 600 61%
WARD J Level 1+ 558 690 81%
WELLS ES Level 2+ 392 690 57%
WOODSON Level 1 342 840 41%
GALILEO Level 1+ 577 630 92%
District - JACKSON A Level 1+ 561 480 117%
Citywide ES
() SHERIDAN Level 1+ 563 480 117%
STEM Level 1+ 461 600 77%
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Where do current high school students in the Near South Side area attend high school?
How many students living in this area attend their neighborhood high school?

High school students in this subset of the Near South Side area attend 127 different high
schools across the entire landscape of Chicago (see Figure 6 below).

The top five high schools attended by students in this area are Jones College Prep,
Whitney Young, Kelly, Juarez, and Lincoln Park. 46% (839 / 1820) of high school
students in this area attend these five schools (see Figure 6 below). While these are
quality schools, they are all at 95% utilization or above (see Figure 2 above).

Additionally, very few students in this area attend their neighborhood high schools, with
the exception of students zoned to Juarez as their neighborhood high school. Students
zoned to Tilden, Phillips or Wells as their neighborhood high school attend their
neighborhood school at a much lower rate (2-3%) than the district average (see Figure 5
below).

High School Attendance Trends:


Students zoned to Tilden, Phillips and Wells as their neighborhood high schools are also
Subset of the
more likely Near
to travel South
3 or more miles to Side Area
attend high school compared to the district
average (see Figure 5 below).
High school students zoned to Tilden, Phillips and Wells:
Attend their zoned school at much lower
Figurerates
5: than the district average
Are more likely to travel 3 or more miles to attend school than the district average

Percent of students that Percent of students that travel three or


attend their zoned school more miles to attend school

Tilden 2% 81%
(11/495) (400/495)

Phillips 2% 56%
(23/927) (519/927)

Wells 3% 45%
(4/129) (58/129)

Juarez 38% 25%


(102/269) (68/269)

District 23% 43%

= 5 percent

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Figure 6:

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What percent of students who attend NTA live within NTA's boundary?

313 of the 706 students (44%) currently attending NTA live within the boundary. 393 of
the 706 students attending NTA live outside of NTA's boundary (see Figure 7 below).

Additionally, there are 167 elementary school students who live in the attendance
boundary for NTA but DO NOT attend this school (see Figure 7 below).

Figure 7:

NTA attendance and boundary population


NTA Resides in
boundary AND
attends school

313
65% of 167 (2 RGC, 311 393 44% of
neighborhood)
students in (135 RGC, 258 enrollment
the boundary neighborhood) comes from
attend the within the
school boundary

Total residing Total attending


480 706
in boundary school

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What percent of students who attend South Loop live within South Loop's boundary?

612 of the 779 students (79%) currently attending South Loop live within the boundary.
167 of the 779 students attending South Loop live outside of South Loop's boundary
(see Figure 8 below).

Additionally, there are 235 elementary school students who live in the attendance
boundary for NTA but DO NOT attend this school (see Figure 8 below).

Figure 8:

South Loop attendance and boundary population


South Loop Resides in
boundary AND
attends school

612
72% of 235 (41 RGC, 571 167 79% of
neighborhood)
students in (79 RGC, 88 enrollment
the boundary neighborhood) comes from
attend the within the
school boundary

Total residing Total attending


847 779
in boundary school

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How many of NTA and South Loop's students are in the Regional Gifted Center (RGC)
program? How many are in the neighborhood track?

At NTA, there are currently 137 students enrolled in the RGC program (K-4) and 569
students enrolled in the neighborhood track (PreK-8) (see Figure 9 below)

At South Loop, there are currently 120 students enrolled in the RGC program (5-8) and
659 enrolled in the neighborhood track (K-8) (see Figure 9 below)

Figure 9:

Attendance breakdown - Neighborhood vs. RGC track


NTA South Loop
Grade Neighborhood RGC Total Neighborhood RGC Total
PE 2 0 2 0 0 0
PK 17 0 17 0 0 0
K 58 28 86 91 0 91
1 63 28 91 85 0 85
2 64 27 91 94 0 94
3 68 27 95 73 0 73
4 60 27 87 72 0 72
5 56 0 56 77 29 106
6 66 0 66 56 30 86
7 56 0 56 49 27 76
8 59 0 59 62 34 96
Total 569 137 706 659 120 779

Where do we go from here?

CPS is committed to making all schools in the Near South Side area, from early
childhood through high school, attractive to the families and community members who
have laid down roots in this community.

We will continue gathering input, feedback and ideas from families and community
members at our upcoming meetings on June 20 at South Loop and June 28 at NTA. We
will also adjust our preliminary framework based on input from today's meeting and
review updated versions at the following community meetings.

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