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As part of Chicago Public Schools’ Curriculum Equity Initiative, the Department of Arts Education will work with teachers across the district to build a universal curriculum named Skyline, capitalizing on the wealth of knowledge our arts teachers possess. This process began in August 2019, and will continue for a number of years. There are multiple opportunities for teachers and arts partners to contribute to this development process.


Arts Scopes and Sequences

In July 2021, the district released full Skyline materials in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Spanish, and French via the first phase of development. Alongside those resources, the Arts Scopes and Sequences were published as well.

This collection of unit overviews utilize the Illinois Arts Learning Standards, and identify the key learning at each grade level and high school course. There are 90 scopes and sequences across Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Teachers can utilize the scopes and sequences to align their current instruction to the Standards, gain inspiration for new learning experiences, and ensure authentic student assessment practices.

During the next phase of Skyline development, Visual Arts and Music courses from PreK through High School will be fully developed, in a similar fashion to the other content areas. This will include lesson and unit plans, student-facing materials, formative and summative assessments, and supplemental learning objects.


Please contact the CPS Department of Arts Education at or 773-553-2170.


The Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts is now an outdated resource, as it aligned to the old IL Fine Arts Standards.

CPS Department of Arts Education


42 W. Madison St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602