CPS Releases RFP For Current Dyett High School Site 

New Program Sought for Open Enrollment, Neighborhood High School

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today issued its Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new open enrollment, neighborhood high school at the current site of Dyett High School to be operated by the District or as a contract school, but not a charter operator, in School Year 2016-17.

“Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett site and we look forward to working with the community to develop a new high-quality option for students living in the neighborhood,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We are committed to ensuring the new neighborhood school at Dyett meets the community’s needs and will evaluate proposals from all interested parties.”

The RFP for the new school model seeks to identify an education option that offers an innovative program which engages its students and also meets the needs of the local community. This new open enrollment neighborhood high school should also embody the five pillars that CPS believes help increase graduation rates, academic preparedness for college, career and life.

As part of the process, CPS will assess each proposal on the merits of its educational plan, community involvement, leadership and operational capacity, finances and facilities plan.

Any interested parties will be able to submit proposals, and CPS will evaluate all proposals that meet the established criteria. This RFP is open to those submitting a concept for a District-operated school and new or existing partners who wish to open and manage a high-quality contract school in the facility. To be considered in this selection process, respondents are encouraged to file a notification of intent by January 28, 2015 and all materials must be submitted by the proposals deadline of April 6, 2015.

In 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School following years of poor performance and declining enrollment. Dyett High School is currently in its final year of operation and will close following SY 14-15. Pending approval from the Board of Education in fall 2015, a new open enrollment neighborhood high school would open at the Dyett High School site in time for SY 16-17.

The RFP is available at cps.edu/About_CPS/Departments/Pages/Dyett_RFP.aspx. For more information on the Dyett RFP process, please contact Nina Abbey by phone at 773-553-1625 or by email at dyettrfp@cps.edu.

Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.