Frequently Asked Questions

A. Please click here to see a list of CPS STEM Schools.
A. Most of the STEM schools are neighborhood schools and have attendance boundaries with limited space available for students outside of the attendance area. Please search and view the profile page of any CPS STEM school you are interested in to find out about the specific admissions criteria for that school.

Students should be prepared to enter an environment of active engagement and student-ownership of learning. STEM schools seek to collaborate with parents/guardians and students to develop the ability to apply skills and knowledge in and across the content areas. We are learning by DOING.

A. CPS STEM schools are different than other schools because there is an explicit focus on developing the knowledge, skills, habits, and experiences for success in STEM career pathways. STEM schools should emphasize an awareness of post-secondary STEM options and out-of-school experiences that engage and motivate them in learning about STEM topics. The electives, clubs, competitions, and extra-curricular offerings will reflect an emphasis on STEM learning.

Strong instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math is essential to preparing students for success in any STEM Field. The program of study includes the following:

  • More minutes in math and science than the state requirements
  • Engineering integrated within courses, but also offered as a standalone course
  • Computer Science is offered to all students
A. No. STEM education teaches necessary 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication which will help prepare your child for almost any career path they choose to take.
A. No. The learning climate must be student-centered, and provide a safe, welcoming, and stimulating environment. A successful STEM school structure and culture should foster learning for ALL students.
A. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
A. Please visit our resources page for links to sites containing information on careers in STEM fields.
A. Please visit our resources page for a limited list of links to sites containing information on STEM summer programs.
A. Please send an email to to inquire about the process for becoming a STEM school.
A. Early College STEM Schools connect high school, college and the world of work to prepare students for STEM-related jobs of the future.  The Early College STEM program model is based on an accelerated course sequence, providing students with an opportunity to earn an associate's degree in IT, which requires approximately 60 college credits. Our partnerships with industry and colleges allow qualified students to work with leading professionals, acquire industry certifications, and earn significant college credit, putting them on a path to employment and a college degree. Click here to learn more about Early College STEM Schools.

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