Early College Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Schools 

ECSS connects high school, college, and the world of work through dynamic partnerships and pioneers a new vision for college and career readiness. With a unique Early College model, students will follow CPS high school graduation requirements but will also have the opportunity to graduate high school with industry certifications, significant college credit, and possibly an Associate's Degree. CPS, the City Colleges and our corporate sponsors will work together to ensure that students have an opportunity to pursue a career in technology and gaining skills for the 21st century workforce enabling them to realize their full potential.

 

Five CPS high schools will partner with corporate sponsors:

  • Michelle Clark – Cisco
  • George Corliss – Verizon Wireless
  • CVCA – Motorola Solutions
  • Lake View – Microsoft
  • Sarah E Goode STEM Academy – IBM

 

The ECSS program is a way for students to continue their education and launch a career path. Between 1973 and 2007, the United States added 63 million jobs. However, jobs held by those with no more than a high school education fell by two million and workers with a high school education or less make up just 41% of the workforce nationally. Economic forecasters believe that by 2018, nearly two out of three jobs in the United States will require at least some college education—nationally, 22 million more postsecondary education degrees need to be produced.

Our Partners

Partner High School

Michelle Clark
 

About

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking – transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.
 

Employees

63,000
 

Example of an Entry Level Position

Cisco Networking Academy
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/netacad/index.html

Cisco collaborates with organizations around the world to help students prepare for in-demand information and communication technology (ICT) jobs and career certification.

Cisco University Connection
https://communities.cisco.com/community/general/universityconnection

Cisco is committed to innovation and operational excellence, which means we can offer you unparalleled work, development and career opportunities to meet your professional aspirations. Your work and career achievements drive our customers' success.
 

Website

www.cisco.com

Partner High School

Sarah E Goode STEM Academy
 

About

IBM is a leader in Information Technology services.
 

Employees

426,000
 

Example of an Entry Level Position

Product Services
Remote Tech support
Software specialist
System Services rep

Tech Services
Customer Service Rep
Deskside Support
Client Support Rep

Software Services & Support
Technical Support professional
 

Website

www.ibm.com

Partner High School

Lake View
 

About

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft is committed to giving people access to the skills they need for jobs in the growing knowledge economy.
 

Employees

92,000
 

Example of an Entry Level Position

Elevate America: part of their Unlimited Potential efforts, Elevate America incorporates a number of programs and resources that share a common focus; providing technology skills training, and resources to help people find employment.

www.microsoft.com/elevateamerica
 

Website

http://www.microsoft.com

Partner High School

CVCA

About

Motorola Solutions provides critical communications solutions and services for enterprise and government customers.
 

Employees

23,000
 

Example of an Entry Level Position

Motorola Solutions offers entry-level positions in a wide range of career paths. Positions include engineering, information technology, legal, marketing, finance and more; all at a competitive salaries based on experience and education.
 

Website

www.motorolasolutions.com

Partner High School

George Corliss
 

About

Verizon Wireless operates the nations' largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 108 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers.
 

Employees

82,000
 

Website

http://www.verizonwireless.com

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Admissions Process for Fall 2012 Freshmen

School Fall 2012 Admissions Process for Incoming Freshmen Contact Information Community Information Session
Corliss Neighborhood students need not apply and are guaranteed a seat.

Students outside of neighborhood who have already applied and been accepted will be guaranteed a seat; additional students who have applied will be granted seats off of waitlist as seats become available.

If seats are still available after waitlist is exhausted, additional seats will be opened up via end of year application, managed by CPS Office of Access and Enrollment.
Corliss
Main Office: 773.535.5511
March 13, 6:30 PM at Corliss
CVCA Application required for admission, but no academic entrance requirements exist (i.e., not selective).

1st preference for neighborhood proximity, then network, then citywide.

No preference for students who have already applied to CVCA, have to apply to this specific ECSS program.

Application will be available on 3/12 via www.cpsoae.org Opens in a new window icon.
Office of Access and Enrollment: 773.553.2060 March 6, 6:30 PM at CVCA
Goode STEM Academy Application required for admission, but no academic entrance requirements exist (i.e., not selective).

Applying students will enter a lottery, with preference given for neighborhood proximity, then living within the network, then citywide. Please see below this section for the neighborhood preference overlay.

Within the lottery, preference will also be given for students who attend an information session.

Applications are available on www.cpsoae.org Opens in a new window icon and in-person at information sessions. As of April 27, application deadline has been extended to May 8.
Office of Access and Enrollment: 773.553.2060 May 7, 6:00 PM at Hampton Elementary 3434 West 77th Street
Lake View Neighborhood students need not apply and are guaranteed a seat.

Students outside of neighborhood who have already applied and been accepted will be guaranteed a seat; additional students who have applied will be granted seats off of waitlist as seats become available.

If seats are still available after waitlist is exhausted, additional seats will be opened up via end of year application, managed by CPS Office of Access and Enrollment.
Lake View
Main Office: 773.534.5440
March 7, 6:30 PM at LVHS
Michele Clark Students already admitted via application process are guaranteed a seat.

Additional students who have applied will be granted seats off of waitlist as seats become available.

If seats remain, will be listed on second round (end of year) application.
Office of Access and Enrollment: 773.553.2060 March 12, 6:30 PM at Clark

 

 

Review the social media recap of the Early College STEM Schools announcement.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

An Early College Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (or STEM) School (ECSS), is a high school model initially formed out of a partnership between the district, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and industry representatives (i.e., IBM), and that will expand and take shape in Chicago through partnership with additional colleges and businesses. Students enrolled in the ECSS model will follow CPS high school graduation requirements but will also have the opportunity to graduate high school with industry certifications, significant college credit, and possibly an Associate's Degree. The college credits are earned in a STEM-related field, such as Web Development and Software Programming, that prepares students to be competitive candidates for employment with one or more of our anchor corporate partners, to pursue a 4-year degree, or to launch a career in another STEM-related organization
 

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  • Students will graduate not only with a high school diploma but will also have the opportunity to earn industry certifications, significant college credits, and, in the case of highly accelerated students, possibly an Associate's Degree within four years.
  • In addition, students can proceed to Years 1 and 2 of college (grades 13 and 14) with accelerated placement because of college credits earned while in high school. One-on-one mentoring with a professional in the industry of the student's focus.
  • The opportunity to gain experience though internships and other on-site learning opportunities.
  • The assurance that the curriculum in the school is relevant to the IT industry and the skills needed in the 21st century workplace.
  • Graduates of ECSS will be the most competitive candidates job openings at partnering corporations and other IT industries.

 

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We anticipate opening five ECSS programs at the start of  the 2012-2013 school year. Beginning with the incoming 9th grade  class: Corliss, Lake View, Michelle Clark, CVCA and Sarah E Goode STEM Academy.
 

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  • Cisco
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Verizon Wireless

 

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Each Early College Stem School/Program will have a unique anchor partner which will help support the students and staff at the school. The corporate partner will assist the school in:
 
  • Aligning technical skills and workplace competencies with college partner offerings and other curricular resources
  • Assisting in the coordination of work-based learning curriculum sequence
  • Providing workplace learning experiences for students by offering internships
  • Match students with professional mentors so that students gain valuable knowledge and experience by speaking one-on-one with an expert in their career path whom they meet with at least twice a year
  • Consider graduates for jobs

 

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  • Web Development and Software Programming
  • Database and Cloud Data Management
  • Network Engineering and Security

Students will select one of these three as they advance towards their degree.

 

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College-level courses will be offered primarily through a partnership with Chicago City Colleges. Students will also receive guidance from CPS and CCC staff in pursuing 4-year postsecondary education aligned with their career path. Students will be able to take courses on-line or from a professor coming to their high school. The CPS schools will partner with the City Colleges and other colleges and universities where students will be able to attend classes.
 
Most courses will be offered nearby the student's high school which will allow for a convenient, college-going experience. 
 

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The ECSS programs/schools will begin in 9th grade this coming fall and CPS encourages current 8th graders to enroll in the program.
 

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No, there is no additional cost for attending an ECSS school or program and any college courses taken through the 12th grade.
 

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Students will be able to exit the program after four years with a high school diploma, can go on to finish the remaining courses they may need to complete their associates, or they may go straight into a four year college or university after grade 12.
 

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A student who receives an Associates of Science:
Job Opportunities
Annual Openings   
Average Salary   
Desktop support specialist   
191
$50,669
Computer specialists
180
$74,485
 
A student who receives an Associate of Applied Science:
Job Opportunities
Annual Openings   
Average Salary   
Network support specialist   
191
$50,669
Desktop publishers
13
$35,776

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Students will all study Foundations of Information Technology and will select one of the following three pathways as they advance toward their degree:
 
  • Web Development and Software Programming
  • Database and Cloud Data Management
  • Network Engineering and Security

Curriculum will developed in collaboration with corporate and college partners.

 

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Associate’s Degrees will be awarded through City Colleges of Chicago or other colleges and universities we are pursuing partnership with.
 

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CPS hopes to enroll over 1,000 students from across Chicago.

 

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Career and Technical Education is a viable and exciting pathway to college and careers.
 
CTE is offered as a series of classes focused on high-demand industries. Courses incorporate rigorous classroom instruction, hands-on training, real work experience and extra student supports into a college-preparatory curriculum to prepare students for postsecondary success.
 
CTE is beneficial for all high school students because it not only provides a wide range of technical skills and chances to receive industry recognized certifications, but it also equips them with a solid foundation of academic knowledge and engages students in the curriculum through relevant applications of core subjects.
 
In 2009-2010, CTE program completers had a high school graduation rate of nearly 90% and over half of them enrolled in college. Learn more and continue reading about CTE here.
 
 

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Cisco

IBM

Microsoft

Motorola Solutions

Verizon