June 3, 2013
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced this morning that 78 percent of students from underutilized closing schools have already enrolled early for the 2013-14 school year. CPS recently launched a comprehensive enrollment campaign to encourage parents to sign their children up to ensure students are ready to start learning on day one.
Of the 11,800 students currently attending closing schools in grades K-7 and current 3-year-olds in preschool, over 9,200 have enrolled in their new school with nearly 83 percent of those students choosing to attend their designated Welcoming School. CPS continues to make progress on their focused efforts to ensure a smooth and safe transition for all affected students and their families.
“I am encouraged to see so many parents from closing schools already choosing to early enroll their children in their new school,” said CEO Byrd-Bennett. “Every child must have equal access to a high-quality education and taking the necessary steps to enroll our children in higher performing schools will help put our children on a path towards a brighter future.
CPS launched the early enrollment campaign on May 23, making 200,000 reaches to parents through phone calls, text messages, emails, letters and flyers encouraging them to sign their children up for school in the fall. Parents who have not registered their children will still be able to do so throughout the summer.
CPS worked to enroll as many students as possible prior to June 1 to gain as accurate an assessment as possible of the number of students attending each school in the fall. These projections will help inform the school-based budgets that will be provided to principals in June so they may properly prepare their schools with all the resources, including staffing, that they will need in the fall.
This week, CPS, Network Offices and school staff will begin targeted outreach to parents who have not registered their child and school communities with low enrollment. The enrollment tool will remain open at welcoming and closing schools for two weeks to allow school staff to continue to enroll students. Students from closing schools are guaranteed a seat in their designated Welcoming School, and parents must enroll their children in person in either their dedicated Welcoming School or at another school with available seats.
This summer, CPS will continue to identify students who haven’t registered and work with families to get them registered. This will be done through various means, including letters, phone calls and potentially home visits.
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.