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Re-Engagement to High School

CPS provides pathways for students to get back on track to receive their high school diploma.

Options Schools

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"I have been out of school, but I am ready to come back."

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"I am a parent, and I want a school that can support me as I finish high school."

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"I was expelled, but I want to finish school. Where can I go?"

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"I have been involved in the juvenile justice system, and I want to go back to school. Where can I go for help?"

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"I am behind on credits, and I need help getting back on track toward graduation."

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"I have a job, and need a school that works around my schedule."

Options Schools serve students who have been out of school and seek to return, or who may need opportunities to earn credits in an accelerated program. Some of our campuses offer additional supports such as counseling and alternative schedules for students who may work during the traditional school day.

Options Schools include 10 Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs (ALOP) and SAFE Schools. 

  • ALOP offers personalized re-entry options and comprehensive educational services to students who have become disengaged from the school system.
  • SAFE schools allow students temporarily removed from school for behavioral violations to continue to receive credits for their studies through alternative educational placements.

Student Outreach and Re-Engagement (SOAR) 

SOAR has four citywide offices to help students ages 15 to 21 determine the best Options School placement and provide them with support on the pathway to graduation. 

As part of the program, students participate in a two-week re-engagement workshop, receive a transcript evaluation and graduation plan, participate in school placement meetings, and transition into a selected school of transfer designed to meet their academic needs. 

A Re-Engagement Specialist will check in with the student and school bi-weekly to receive reports on behavior, attendance, and grades. Students are supported to reach stable school enrollment in order to stay on track to graduate.

Students interested in enrolling in the Options Schools program should contact one of the Student Outreach And Re-engagement Centers (SOAR), or email Erinn Bonne, the Re-Engagement Program Manager, at

SOAR Center Locations

The Student Outreach And Re-engagement Centers (SOAR) of CPS will help you find a school that works for you. Contact them today to speak to a specialist:

Location Name Phone Address
Pilsen/Little Village SOAR Center 773-542-9030 3948 W. 26th St., Suite 213
East/West Garfield Park SOAR Center 773-265-0560 2622 W. Jackson Blvd., 2nd Floor
Roseland SOAR Center 773-291-1086 837 W. 119th St.
Englewood SOAR Center 773-358-3248 945 W. 69th St., 2nd Floor

Options Schools

  1. CHICAGO EXCEL HS  773-629-8379   1257 W 111th St Chicago, Illinois 60643
  2. EXCEL ENGLEWOOD HS  773-675-6654   7141 S Morgan Chicago, Illinois 60621
  3. EXCEL SOUTH SHORE HS  773-902-7800   7530 S South Shore Dr Chicago, Illinois 60649
  4. EXCEL SOUTHWEST HS  773-424-0721   7050 S Washtenaw Ave Chicago, Illinois 60629-1924
  5. INSTITUTO - JUSTICE HS  773-890-8060   2570 S Blue Island Ave Chicago, Illinois 60608-4817
  6. LITTLE BLACK PEARL HS  773-690-5500   1060 E 47th St Chicago, Illinois 60653
  7. OMBUDSMAN - NORTHWEST HS  708-669-7828   7500 N Harlem Ave Chicago, Illinois 60631
  8. OMBUDSMAN - ROSELAND HS   10928 S Halsted Chicago, IL 60628-3128
  9. OMBUDSMAN - SOUTH HS  773-498-5085   6057 S Western Ave Chicago, Illinois 60636
  10. OMBUDSMAN - WEST HS  312-243-1550   2401 W Congress Pkwy Chicago, Illinois 60612
  11. PATHWAYS - ASHBURN HS  773-434-6300   3284 W 87th St Chicago, Illinois 60652
  12. PATHWAYS - AVONDALE HS  773-588-5007   3100 W Belmont Ave Chicago, Illinois 60618
  13. PATHWAYS - BRIGHTON PARK HS  773-579-1220   3124 W 47th St Chicago, Illinois 60632
  14. PATHWAYS - HUMBOLDT PARK HS   2421 W Division Chicago, IL 60622-2941
  15. PEACE AND EDUCATION HS  773-535-9212   4946 S Paulina St Chicago, Illinois 60609
  16. SAFE ACHIEVE ES  773-902-2487   7877 S Coles Ave Chicago, Illinois 60649-4817
  17. SAFE ACHIEVE HS  773-902-2487   7877 S Coles Ave Chicago, Illinois 60649-4817
  18. SIMPSON HS  773-534-7812   1321 S Paulina St Chicago, Illinois 60608
  19. YCCS - ADDAMS  312-563-1748   1814 S Union Ave Chicago, Illinois 60616
  20. YCCS - ASPIRA PANTOJA  773-252-0970   3121 N Pulaski Rd Chicago, Illinois 60641
  21. YCCS - ASSOCIATION HOUSE  773-772-7170   1116 N Kedzie, 4th Floor Ave Chicago, Illinois 60651
  22. YCCS - AUSTIN CAREER  773-626-6988   5352 W Chicago Ave Chicago, Illinois 60651
  23. YCCS - CAMPOS  773-342-8022   2739 W Division St Chicago, Illinois 60622-2854
  24. YCCS - CCA ACADEMY  773-762-2272   1231 S Pulaski Rd Chicago, Illinois 60623
  25. YCCS - CHATHAM  773-651-1500   9035 S Langley Ave Chicago, Illinois 60619
  26. YCCS - INNOVATIONS  312-999-9360   17 N State St Chicago, Illinois 60602
  27. YCCS - LATINO YOUTH  773-648-2130   2001 S California Ave Chicago, Illinois 60608
  28. YCCS - MCKINLEY  312-949-5010   2920 S Wabash Ave Chicago, Illinois 60616
  29. YCCS - OLIVE HARVEY  773-291-6517   10001 S Woodlawn Ave Chicago, Illinois 60628
  30. YCCS - PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP  773-363-3837   6620 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr Chicago, Illinois 60637-3210
  31. YCCS - SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT  773-921-1315   4651 W Madison St Chicago, Illinois 60644
  32. YCCS - SULLIVAN  773-978-8680   8164 S South Chicago Ave Chicago, Illinois 60617
  33. YCCS - TRUMAN  773-907-4840   1145 W Wilson Ave Chicago, Illinois 60640
  34. YCCS - VIRTUAL  312-429-0027   1900 W Van Buren St Chicago, Illinois 60612
  35. YCCS - WEST  773-261-0994   4909 W Division St Chicago, Illinois 60651
  36. YCCS - WEST TOWN  312-563-9044   500 N Sacramento Blvd Chicago, Illinois 60612
  37. YCCS - YOUTH CONNECTION  312-225-4668   3424 S State St Chicago, Illinois 60616
  38. YCCS - YOUTH DEVELOPMENT  773-224-2273   7836 S Union Ave Chicago, Illinois 60620

For additional information or support in enrolling a student in an Options School,  please contact the Office of Innovation and Incubation at 773-553-1530, 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60602.

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