FACTS & FIGURES

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED YOU TO KNOW EDUCATION IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO.

  • When the Class of 2021 enters ninth grade in Chicago’s public schools, it’s projected that as many as 7,500 of those students will not graduate in four years with their cohort.

  • The five-year high-school graduation rate in Chicago is now 73.5% for all students. For students who identify as African-American, the rate is 66.6 percent, and for students who identify as Hispanic, the rate is 77.5%.

  • About 370,000 students attend public schools in Chicago. Most come from lower-income households, with 87% of them meeting the federal government’s standards to qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches.

  • The current dropout rate in Chicago is about 26 percent.

  • Of some 640 public schools, only 12 have full-time social workers on staff. Social workers, nurses and other critical support staff typically are shared among multiple schools.

  • The challenges that face Chicago do not stop at school’s main entrances – issues that range from poverty and rising homicide rates, to residential segregation and gangs, each find their way into classrooms to effect student behavior and performance.

Sources: Catalyst (2016); Chicago Public Schools.

AND HERE’S WHAT COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS (CIS) OF CHICAGO IS ACCOMPLISHING:

Since Fall 2009, of the 868 individual students whom our professionals have provided targeted, case-managed support, 98% of the high-school seniors have graduated, and 95% of the non-seniors were promoted to the next grade one time. Read more about our recent results here.

Since 1988, we have helped some 900,000 students stay on track for grade progression and high-school graduation.