Learn more about the new graduation requirement Learn. Plan. Succeed. from the Mikva Challenge Mayoral Youth Commission in partnership with Chicago Public Schools' Office of College and Career Success.
Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)
A student’s Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) is at the core of Learn.Plan.Succeed. The ILP guides students through the process of exploring their personal, academic, and career interests and developing a plan for what they are going to do after high school graduation.
With support and guidance from their school counselor, teachers and parents, students from grades six through 12 work towards achieving goals and specific milestones. The ILP informs students' decisions about courses and activities throughout high school. Students are required to complete their ILP in order to meet the Learn.Plan.Succeed. graduation requirement.
Students access their ILP on SchooLinks, a college and career readiness software platform tool. Parents can ask their school counselor for access to SchooLinks.
CPS recognizes six postsecondary options that fulfill the Learn.Plan.Succeed. graduation requirement. With help from school counselors, college and career coaches, teachers, trusted peers and family, students can start to define career goals and develop postsecondary plans.
Learn more about Learn.Plan.Succeed. Postsecondary Pathways.
Students must upload to SchooLinks evidence of their “first choice/preferred” postsecondary commitment prior to their scheduled graduation. School counselors will verify and confirm the evidence in SchooLinks.
If students anticipate that an extreme or extenuating circumstances will prevent them from securing evidence of their postsecondary plan by May 31 of their senior year, they should consult with their school counselor to inquire about alternate options to meet this graduation requirement.
Accepted Types of Evidence
CPS accepts the following types of documents as evidence of a postsecondary plan:
- College Pathway: Acceptance Letter or Financial Aid Notice
- Military Pathway: Enlistment contract
- Employment Pathway: Employment offer letter or confirmation of continuation of employment
- Job Training Programs Pathway: Acceptance letter
- Apprenticeship Pathway: Acceptance letter
- Gap Year Pathway: Acceptance letter
Other evidence is acceptable for each postsecondary pathway. Students should consult with their school counselor to inquire about alternate evidence to meet this graduation requirement.
Comprehensive, individualized Learn.Plan.Succeed. Progress Reports enable students and their families to have meaningful discussions about preparing for the future and to track a student's progress toward meeting the high school graduation requirements.
The LPS Progress Report provides the following information:
- College Readiness Guide: Overview of potential college options and the student's level of competitiveness based on available academic metrics.
- High School Graduation Progress: Progress tracker that outlines the number of credits required and earned for each subject in order to graduate.
- Next Steps: Actionable suggestions the student can discuss with their counselor to stay on-track to graduate and prepare for postsecondary opportunities, including applying to scholarships and exploring opportunities to earn college or career credentials.
- Career Opportunities: Overview of potential career pathways based on the student's interests, which includes degree and certificate requirements for each career as well as colleges to consider.
View sample LPS Progress Report
View video example of an LPS Progress Report
Progress reports are emailed in .pdf format to all sophomores and juniors at their CPS-issued email in November and April, and to all seniors in November. Parents receive a hard copy of the progress report for each student in grades 10, 11, and 12 at the home address provided to the school.
If you have not received a copy of your student’s Learn.Plan.Succeed. Progress Report by mail, check in with the school counselor to correct the home address and request a duplicate copy.
The report is available to you in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Cantonese. Ask your school counselor to provide the LPS Progress Report in your preferred language.