Find a School – Awesome Map!
View CPS Options for Knowledge Elementary Schools 2012 in a full screen map
A reader has created this very cool map that will allow you to determine which CPS elementary schools (non-charter) are near you. Or near anywhere. Here’s the information he’s written to go with it. This works well in conjunction with the CPS map that tell what school zone you’re in as you can see which gifted/classical/magnet schools are nearby. Have fun with it….
We have a 4-year old who will be in Kindergarten next fall. So, we attended the CPS Options for Knowledge Elementary School Fair this past weekend, and although I tried to filter out various schools by location as we passed by all the displays, I realized that: a) I was a little fuzzy on some of the school locations and b) not all of the schools in the 2012-2013 guide were represented at the fair. So, I decided to make a map of schools near us to help us decide which schools we would be willing to drive to.Well, one thing led to another, and after 3-4 hours I had exported all the elementary schools from the OFK guide into excel, added links to the CPS information page for each school, and sorted them by type (neighborhood school, magnet, etc.). You can access the file I created here, if you’re interested in that sort of thing:Next, I used BatchGeo to create a publicly accessible map from the excel data. The map uses the Google Maps platform and is available here:So, here’s a quick how-to guide. When you load the map, all of the OFK elementary schools will be shown. It more or less works just like Google Maps, so you can pan, zoom in and out, use Street View, satellite view, etc. The different types of schools appear in the color-coded legend at the bottom. If you click on one of the markers in the legend, only that type of school will be shown. Click the marker in the legend again and all schools will re-appear.If you click on an individual school’s marker, a callout box will open with the school’s name, address, phone, and all the other information contained on that school in the OFK guide. Clicking on the school’s name in the callout box will take you to the CPS information page for that school (use control+click and the link should open in a separate tab or window). I’ve also started entering each school’s external website, but it’s a tedious process.Double-clicking on a school’s marker will open a separate Google Maps window with that school’s location, so you can map directions to and from the school.You can use the search box in the upper right corner to search anything in the dataset. For example, enter “60630” and schools in that zip code will be shown. Start typing “Year-Round” and you can filter the list to show Track E or non-Track E schools. Enter a neighborhood (“North Center, Chicago, IL”) and you’ll get schools in that general vicinity (you have to include “Chicago IL” in the search box for this to work).Anyway, I hope this is a helpful tool to you as you go through the CPS application process. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions, spot an error, or have suggestions to make this better. One thing that I would like to do but can’t yet is to show schools within a given radius of an address. I’m not a programmer, so I can’t guarantee that I can make a lot of changes.Thanks,Frank (Daddy of Zane)
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