"I have been out of school, but I am ready to come back."
"I am a parent, and I want a school that can support me as I finish high school."
"I was expelled, but I want to finish school. Where can I go?"
"I have been involved in the juvenile justice system, and I want to go back to school. Where can I go for help?"
"I am behind on credits, and I need help getting back on track toward graduation."
"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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
|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|
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