Educational Facilities Master Plan
Every five years, CPS produces an Educational Facilities Master Plan. This document is the critical first step in the District's ambitious overall plan to update, improve, and modernize the facilities where our students learn.
The Educational Facilities Master Plan includes a comprehensive, neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis of the current state of CPS facilities, their capacity, and current realities. It includes information about enrollment trends, program offerings, demographics, and unique community needs that will help guide decision-making. It details the facilities investments CPS will be making in FY2024, and the analyses that will be used to determine investments going forward—including the District’s Annual Regional Analysis (ARA), biennial Facilities Condition Assessment, Five-Year Planning Area Analysis, and others.
The EFMP contains the information from the following sources that will be used to guide decision-making on facility improvements:
Five-Year Planning Area Analysis
Another key data source that CPS uses is the Planning Area Analysis, which is developed every five years in conjunction with the Educational Facilities Master Plan. Like the Annual Regional Analysis, the Planning Area Analysis is divided into the same 16 planning areas, which use natural market boundaries and breaks in the physical environment (expressways, rivers, and rail lines) to suggest common needs and interests between neighborhoods.
The Planning Area Analysis contains in-depth information for each area, including history, population trends, current educational facilities, utilization, a capital projects overview, facility needs, and other key data.
Biennial Facilities Condition Assessment
Every two years, CPS produces a facility condition assessment that evaluates the general health of physical facilities by identifying and prioritizing deficiencies that require corrective action for long-term use of the campus.
- Evaluates all building systems in terms of their condition and recommended service life.
- Provides an objective and consistent evaluation of every building and will identify overall facility needs across the District.
- Records existing conditions for all major building systems, documents quantities, and identifies deficiencies for repair.
- Informs short and long-term capital planning for CPS and serves as the basis for project development and prioritization of future capital projects.
- Provides essential data to support other user agencies and CPS departments.
Each regional report has four sections:
- Quality: Select information on the school quality of schools in a region over the last four years.
- Quantity: Information on public school student population trends and total available seats.
- Choice: Information on whether students are choosing to attend school in their region (an indication of the availability of attractive options).
- Variety: Information on the types of schools and programs offered.