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Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Academic enrichment programs offer CPS elementary and high school students innovative, challenging, and fun learning experiences to supplement their education both inside and outside the classroom.


Students in grades K-12 can participate in a wide range of exciting enrichment programs designed to teach them how to apply knowledge in ways that develop college and career skills such as problem solving, research, and critical thinking.

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    Academic Competitions

    Competitive activities in academic subjects inspire and motivate students to master new skills and excel in academic subject areas. These exciting, dynamic programs contribute to improved classroom learning, higher graduation rates, and increased college enrollment and matriculation.

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    Districtwide Arts Programs

    An arts education can have a powerful impact on young minds and spark a lifelong interest in the arts. CPS offers free performing and visual arts programs, including All-City Performing Arts, All-City Visual Arts exhibitions (elementary and high school), and All-City Music Festivals. To learn more about music, dance, theater, and visual arts programs for grades 3-12, visit CPS Arts Education.

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    Math Circles

    Students in grades 5 through 12 can explore math on a deeper level outside the classroom at no cost. Math circles are a noncompetitive group activity that focuses on math concepts not covered in the standard school curriculum.

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    Curiosity Classrooms

    Curiosity Classrooms are an innovative learning environment meant to provide pre-k through second-grade students with sensory-rich, hands-on learning experiences. Through the support and partnership of the Chicago Children’s Museum, Curiosity Classrooms directly enhance the STEAM concepts that students are learning.

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    Summer Book Club

    The Art of Reading Summer Book Club is designed to keep PK-2 students engaged and excited about reading throughout the summer. Our book club combines reading with art to inspire your child’s creativity and self-expression as they continue to develop their love of reading and writing over the summer.

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