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Annual Regional Analysis (ARA)

The Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) was created to provide families with a clear set of information about schools in your community.

The ARA is the most comprehensive set of data ever released by our district. It ensures that CPS leadership, educators, students, and families are working from the same set of information and helps us make informed, equitable decisions that meet the unique needs of every child.

The purpose of the ARA is to support CPS’ goal of providing every student with a high-quality education in every neighborhood by giving stakeholders consistent information regarding school quality, enrollment patterns, school choice, and program offering by region. The goal is to ensure that every student in Chicago has access to quality public schools and a variety of schools and programs.

By doing this, the ARA informs community dialogue and district planning to address a central guiding question, “What do families and communities need in terms of school options?”

The report includes information on all CPS schools, including traditional neighborhood, selective enrollment, magnet, charter, special education, and Options (alternative) schools.

The ARA is developed to help stakeholders understand the current and historical school landscape in their community. Each summer, a new set of comprehensive ARA reports are released at both the district and regional levels. To access these reports in print, web, and select translated languages, visit