Every child is unique with different educational needs and interests. That’s why Chicago Public Schools offers a wide variety of choices for elementary 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.
This is your first option, since they generally serve students who live within a designated attendance boundary.
Housed in designated high schools for academically advanced students in grades 7-8.
Open to all Chicago children. These schools operate independently from the Board and each other.
Designed to provide a challenging liberal arts course of instruction for students with high academic potential.
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.
International Gifted Program
Gifted program for academically advanced students in grades 6-8.
Specializes in a specific subject area, such as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, math/science, Humanities, or dual language immersion.
Regional Gifted Centers
Provide an accelerated instructional program that place an emphasis on thinking, reasoning, problem solving and creativity.
Fosters environment in which parents, teachers, and students get to know one another well.
Schools for students with disabilities who reside in specified geographic locations.
Military Academies prepare students for college and subsequent careers in a structured environment. Serves students in grades 7-12.
For more information, visit Office of Access and Enrollment.
CPS School Locator
School Profile Pages