Any students who become disengaged from school are highly encouraged to re-engage at their last school of enrollment in order to maintain continuity in the educational setting. If a student or parent decides that the last school of enrollment is not the best fit, CPS provides several pathways for students to explore available options to get back on track to receive their high school diploma.
If you need assistance finding a school with the best fit that provides the support you need to succeed, you can contact the Student Outreach and Re-Engagement (SOAR) Offices.
Student Outreach and Re-Engagement (SOAR)
SOAR has three citywide offices and several Re-Engagement Specialists to help students ages 15 to 21 determine the best 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.
For more information about the Student Outreach and Re-Engagement program, contact one of the SOAR Centers, or email Mike Simball, 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.|
Options Schools are intended to:
- Re-engage older students (16+) who are not currently enrolled in school, particularly students who need a significant number of credits to graduate high school.
- Support students who have become off track and, even with moderate credit recovery (i.e. summer school, night school), will not be able to earn enough credits in a traditional high school setting to graduate within 4 years of when they were a freshman.
- Support students who need small classroom/school size and individualized support in order to graduate high school.
- Support students who will only be able to graduate high school with a non-traditional school day schedule.
Options Schools include Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs (ALOP), Charters, Contract, District-Run, and Safe Schools.
Options School Transfer Process
Any student who is currently enrolled in a CPS High School must go through an Options School Transfer Process in order to enroll in an Options School. This process is designed to ensure:
- The traditional school has provided the proper supports and resources to meet student needs.
- The student and parent/guardian have been provided with clear, objective information to determine the best fit Options school.
- The decision to transfer to an Options school is a choice made by the student and parent/guardian to find the best learning environment for that student.
For more information about the Options School Transfer Process, see the CPS Guidelines for High School Transfers.
District-Run Options Schools
District-Run Options Schools receive all support and resources provided to traditional CPS schools. District-Run Options profiles are varied but include programming for graduation acceleration, pregnant/parenting supports, and juvenile justice supports and transition with smaller class sizes.
Contract Options Schools
Contract Options Schools are managed by external operators and offer traditional or accelerated learning models with smaller class sizes.
- CHICAGO EXCEL HS 773-629-8379 1257 W 111TH St Chicago, Illinois 60643
- EXCEL ENGLEWOOD HS 773-675-6654 7141 S MORGAN Chicago, Illinois 60621
- EXCEL SOUTH SHORE HS 773-902-7800 7530 S SOUTH SHORE Dr Chicago, Illinois 60649
- EXCEL SOUTHWEST HS 773-424-0721 7050 S WASHTENAW Ave Chicago, Illinois 60629-1924
- LITTLE BLACK PEARL HS 773-690-5500 1060 E 47TH St Chicago, Illinois 60653
Charter Options Schools
Charter Options Schools are managed by external operators and offer traditional or accelerated learning models with smaller class sizes.
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- INSTITUTO - JUSTICE HS 773-890-8060 2570 S BLUE ISLAND Ave Chicago, Illinois 60608-4817
- YCCS - ADDAMS 312-563-1748 1814 S UNION Ave Chicago, Illinois 60616
- YCCS - ASPIRA PANTOJA 773-252-0970 3121 N PULASKI Rd Chicago, Illinois 60641
- YCCS - ASSOCIATION HOUSE 773-772-7170 1116 N KEDZIE, 4TH FLOOR Ave Chicago, Illinois 60651
- YCCS - AUSTIN CAREER 773-626-6988 5352 W CHICAGO Ave Chicago, Illinois 60651
Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs (ALOP)
ALOPs are managed by external operators and offer self-paced, blended learning models with a half day scheduling option that follow all CPS policies and procedures.
Any 14 or 15 year old student who wishes to enroll in an ALOP must go through the 14/15 Year Old ALOP Enrollment Process.
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- OMBUDSMAN - NORTHWEST HS 708-669-7828 7500 N HARLEM Ave Chicago, Illinois 60631
- OMBUDSMAN - ROSELAND HS 10928 S HALSTED Chicago, IL 60628-3128
- OMBUDSMAN - SOUTH HS 773-498-5085 6057 S WESTERN Ave Chicago, Illinois 60636
- OMBUDSMAN - WEST HS 312-243-1550 2401 W CONGRESS Pkwy Chicago, Illinois 60612
- PATHWAYS - ASHBURN HS 773-434-6300 3284 W 87TH St Chicago, Illinois 60652
14/15 Year Old ALOP Enrollment Process
As of July 2019, all students who are 14 or 15 years old must receive permission from the 14/15 YO ALOP Committee to enroll in an Alternative Learning Opportunity Program (ALOP) campus. This protocol was put into place recognizing that only in exceptional cases will a half day, self-paced learning model best support high school students who are young and far from graduating high school. Students must have spent at least one (1) semester in their traditional CPS high school in order to have a request reviewed.
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