Students may access health services at no out-of-pocket cost. Most school-based health services require parental or guardian consent.
School-Based Health Centers
School-based health centers are like a doctor’s office, in schools. There are 33 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Chicago that provide services that include but are not limited to: immunizations, physical exams, sports physicals, behavioral healthcare, chronic condition management, and acute care. Some SBHCs are available to the community and to neighboring schools. Please call ahead before making an appointment.
The Office of Student Health and Wellness offers a variety of resources to assist parents in obtaining vision and hearing screenings for their child(ren) if the student was absent or is new to school.
CPS conducts vision and hearing screenings to check if a student requires a full exam.
Hearing and vision exams are done by a doctor and determines overall health and prescribes eyeglasses or hearing aids if needed.
Screening and Referral
Hearing and Vision Screening Technicians are assigned to every school to provide free vision and hearing screenings for students. Technicians will reach out to your child’s school to schedule services. Screening clinics are also available by appointment for students who were absent on screening days or who are new to the school.
Princeton Vision Clinic
5125 S. Princeton Ave., Room 205
Chicago, IL 60609
Garfield Park Office
2651 W. Washington Blvd.,
Chicago IL 60612
By appointment only. Appointments are limited and may not be available on all days of the week. Please discuss scheduling by calling 773-553-1873 at least two weeks in advance. Clinic hours are from 9:30am-2pm.
CPS partners with variety of agencies to provide families with access to vision services and glasses at no cost to the family or student. Vision exams are required by October 15th for students entering kindergarten or entering Illinois schools for the first time at any grade level. Vision exams are recommended for students who fail the vision screening; require an Individualized Education Program (IEP); receive teacher recommendation based upon classroom observation; or experience squinting, tilting of the head, sitting close to the television, losing place while reading, rubbing eyes, excessive tearing or headaches.
Illinois Eye Institute Vision Clinic at Princeton (5125 S. Princeton Ave., Room 205, Chicago, IL 60609)
- Year-round, daily vision clinic that provides students with comprehensive eye exams and glasses, if needed
- Illinois Eye Institute may bill Medicaid health insurance or other currently applicable insurance company for services
- Open for walk-ins, Monday–Friday, 8:30–9:30 am and by appointment
- Please call IEI at Princeton at 312-949-7990
School-based Vision Program
Ask your school when the school-based vision provider is scheduled or call the CPS Vision team to find out more, at 773-535-8674.
Vision Exam Resources
- Vision Service Contact Information [ English ]
- State of Illinois Vision Examination Report [ English ]
- Vision Service Overview [ English ]
- Vision FAQ for Parents [ English | Spanish ]
- School-Based Vision Consent [ English | Spanish ]
CPS partners with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System's Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) to treats various diseases of the ear, such as chronic ear infections and hearing loss.
Students who meet referral criteria following a hearing screening and/or threshold test by the CPS Audiometric & Vision Screening Technician are automatically referred to UIC who will contact the parent/guardian for an appointment. The UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary will assist the patient/family with acquiring insurance. The UI Health will bill insurance but not you. You will need to obtain referral/authorization if they are required by your insurance carrier.
The school-based dental program in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides all consented students with access to dental exams at no cost to families. Exams are comprehensive and include a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, and dental sealants as necessary.
- School-Based Dental Parent FAQ [ English | Spanish ]
- School-Based Dental Consent Form [ English | Spanish ]
- Proof of Dental Examination Form [ English ]
In Illinois, youth under 18 seeking general medical care need permission from a parent or guardian. However, youth 12 years of age and older can access most sexual health services confidentially and without parental consent or permission. By law, Medicaid cannot send home a bill/ explanation of benefits for sexual health services.
Places where students can access sexual health services:
School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and some mobile providers provide sexual health services.
Project CHAT (Formerly the STI Education and Screening Project): CPS partners with the Chicago Department of Public Health and Planned Parenthood of Illinois to provide education and testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea in CPS high schools. Various high schools participate and offer optional testing. For more information, please visit chataboutit.org
In the Community:
Some SBHCs are open to students from other schools and families in the community.
Free or low-cost sexual health services are available at Title X clinics, such as Chicago Department of Public Health’s Neighborhood Health Clinics, Planned Parenthood (PPIL) and other community health centers. Find Chicago’s 42 Title X clinics here.