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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Department

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Department connects with teachers and administrators across the district to promote high-quality STEM, mathematics, and science instruction for every student.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Department


501 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616

We lead the development of the district’s K-12 STEM strategy, the incubation of STEM-inclusive elementary schools, and ongoing support for the Early College STEM high schools.

Our work is anchored in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and our CPS STEM classroom vision:

Every day in every CPS STEM classroom, all students will:

  • Actively make sense of and construct solutions to complex questions
  • Productively contribute to the learning community to support a culture of collaboration, risk taking, creativity, and innovation
  • Regularly reflect on and communicate their understanding of disciplinary ideas

Through these experiences and purposeful opportunities to face interdisciplinary challenges, students will graduate from CPS as knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful problem solvers prepared to make the world a better place.

Our team collaborates with our nearly 40 STEM- and STEAM-focused schools across the city to strengthen in-school and out-of-school learning experiences for students. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, and is a program of study that incorporates arts education into the STEM curriculum.

Explore All STEM Has to Offer

View the STEM department website to learn more about science and technology opportunities for CPS students.

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  • Mathematics

    We make sure that the math being taught in CPS classrooms aligns with the Common Core State Standards, and that your child’s math teacher knows how to support all students in making sense of important mathematical ideas.

    Our Middle Grades Algebra Program expands opportunities for 8th grade students to enroll in a high school algebra class.

  • Science

    We work with teachers and administrators to ensure that all students engage in meaningful science learning experiences that prepare them for success in college, career, and life. We are preparing students to not only be scientifically literate, but also to be informed citizens and leaders in a global society.

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