One person’s predictions for CPS High Schools (guest post)
I have some exciting news (exciting in the world of CPS blogging, that is.)
Someone contacted me about writing some guest posts on the topic of high school once in a while. I used to enjoy reading her posts on NPN and I know that the high school topic is one that is near and dear to our hearts so I thought it sounds fun. Reading her first post made me think “this is what I should be writing as a blogger!” but due to my current situation as a Single Working Mom Trying to Eke Out a Small Scrap of a Social Life (which would probably make a more humorous blog topic some days) I find my myself left with roughly 6 minutes a day to get into deep thought about schools — never quite enough to formulate coherent thoughts, let alone get them on paper and bullet-point them.
So, for all our reading enjoyment, I present the first official guest post that I’m certain will provoke some good discussion…… (and remember, we’re not fancy here. Feel free to treat a guest the same you would me, snarky comments and all.)
- Yes, this is even with the reduction of slots from 40 to 30 percent for top scorers regardless of socioeconomic tier. Remember that remaining slots will still go to top scorers, just that each tier slice will be slightly bigger.
- This upward trend is driven by more middle-class families who stayed in the city in the 1990s whose children are aging into the high school years, as well as more families leaving private schools for economic reasons.
- While many students across the city would be thrilled with an offer from Jones or Lane, there remain many parents who are fixated on things like ACT scores, and they won’t consider schools whose scores are less than some arbitrary level they have in mind.
- Luckily, admissions cut offs are rising (see #1), and so the academic aptitude of enrollees keeps going up, which will be reflected in upticks in ACT and other standardized test scores. For example, Jones’s average ACT score in 2006 was 22.0 but by 2010, it had risen to 24.8. (Take that, Glenbrook South, at 24.4!)
- Many kids will continue to be shut out of any SEHS in which they are willing to enroll.
- Schools like Nettelhorst and Burley will soon begin graduating big classes of eighth graders whose parents will seek out strong high school programs. This bodes well for the continuing strengthening of neighborhood high schools like Lincoln Park, Lake View and Taft. Other neighborhood high schools like Amundsen and Mather will follow.
- Nothing attracts middle class parents to a school like a special program that sets it apart from “the others.”
- This is what CPS did successfully at the elementary level, starting with the creation of gifted and classical schools, magnet schools, then magnet cluster program, then tuition-based preschools to get families in the door, and most recently “sister schools” (like Disney II), new Montessori schools, IB Middle Years and IB Primary Years programs.
- For high schools, this will be done with the existing IB Diploma programs, as well as the continued spread of AP and honors programs in more high schools.
- New specialty high schools like DeVry Advantage Academy and Chicago High School for the Arts will begin to attract students to niche interests like technology and fine arts.
- Will there be additional SE high schools built? Perhaps. Of the 9 SE high schools, 6 of them were established since 1999, which is a rate of about one every two years.
- Charter schools have historically served underprivileged children in underprivileged areas, and that’s a hard reputation to overcome.
- Charter schools admit by lottery, and so even though they may be accomplishing fantastic feats and producing upstanding citizens, their standardized scores will remain relatively low, and that will make it tough to attract a more diverse population.
Entry filed under: High school.