High School Types 

High schoolsHigh school is an important time for a child to grow intellectually and personally. It also prepares them for college or a job during this critical transition period into adulthood. At CPS we strive to help students achieve their full potential and become productive members within their community. We strive for academic excellence while making school a fun environment to learn in. Every high school works to understand each child and create an environment where they will “flourish.".

School types

Get an overview of each school type or view more details about what each has to offer.

Neighborhood

Neighborhood
Neighborhood schools are your first option, since they generally serve students who live within a designated attendance boundary.

Additional options

Every child is unique with different educational needs and interests. That’s why Chicago Public Schools offers a wide variety of choices for high school students.

Use the chart below to compare the differences among each school type. You can then view more details for each by clicking the corresponding links.

Overview

Neighborhood
This is your first option, since they generally serve students who live within a designated attendance boundary.


Career Academy
Students receive a college-preparatory curriculum and a career-focused education in different fields.


Charter
These schools are independently operated and not subject to the same state laws, district initiatives, and board policies as traditional public schools.


Contract
Contract schools are public schools open to all CPS students. These schools are operated by private entities under contract with CPS to provide an additional education option for students.


Magnet
Specializes in a specific subject area such as Montesorri, International Baccalaureate, math and science, humanities or dual language immersion.


Military Academy
For students who wish to develop leadership and team-building skills as well as receive military training.


Selective Enrollment
Designed to meet the needs of Chicago’s most academically-advanced students.


Small
School population limited to 600 students.


Special Education
Provides individualized education.

 

CPS School Locator School Profile Pages

Career academy

Career academy
Students receive a college-preparatory curriculum and a career-focused education in different fields.

Charter

Charter
These schools are independently operated and not subject to the same state laws, district initiatives, and board policies as traditional public schools.

Contract

Contract
These schools are independently operated by a private entity under contract with the Board of Education. Contract schools are not subject to the same district initiatives and board policies as traditional public schools.

Magnet

Magnet
Specializes in a specific subject area such as Montesorri, International Baccalaureate, math and science, humanities or dual language immersion.

Military academy

Military academy
For students who wish to develop leadership and team-building skills as well as receive military training.

Selective enrollment

Selective enrollment
Designed to meet the needs of Chicago’s most academically-advanced students.

Small

Small
These schools limit their student populations to 600. This provides a more intimate and personalized learning experience.

Special education

Special education
Provides individualized education.

For additional details, go to High school types.

Resources

 High schools A-Z index

Find a school alphabetically then learn about its curriculum, programs, activities, enrollment and admissions information and scorecard data.

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Page Last Modified on Monday, October 20, 2014