List of schools in Chicago Public Schools

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is a large public school district consisting of primary and secondary schools within the city limits of Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois.


High schools[edit]

There are several types of high schools in the district, including neighborhood, career academy, charter, contract, magnet, military academy, selective enrollment, small and special education.[1]

Alternative Learning Options (ALOP)[edit]

  • Bridgescape Schools
    • Bridgescape Academy Brainerd
    • Bridgescape Academy Humboldt Park
    • Bridgescape Academy Lawndale
    • Bridgescape Academy Roseland

Career and Technical Education (CTE)[edit]




International Baccalaureate (IB)[edit]


Military academies[edit]


Selective enrollment[edit]


Special education[edit]

Elementary/middle schools[edit]

Zoned K-8[edit]

Zoned K-8 A[edit]
Zoned K-8 B[edit]
Zoned K-8 C[edit]
Zoned K-8 D[edit]
Zoned K-8 E[edit]
Zoned K-8 G[edit]
Zoned K-8 H[edit]
Zoned K-8 J[edit]
Zoned K-8 L[edit]
Zoned K-8 M[edit]
Zoned K-8 N[edit]
Zoned K-8 O[edit]
Zoned K-8 P[edit]
Zoned K-8 R[edit]
Zoned K-8 S[edit]

Elementary/middle schools by type[edit]

Chicago Public Schools offers a wide variety of choices for elementary school students, including neighborhood, academic centers, charter, classical, contract, international gifted program, magnet, regional gifted center, small and special education.[2]

Academic centers[edit]

Academic centers are housed in high schools and provide a college preparatory program for academically gifted and talented seventh and eighth grade students. There are seven academic centers:[3]

Charter schools[edit]

  • Acero Charter Schools
    • Brighton Park
    • Cisneros
    • Clemente
    • De La Cruz
    • De Las Casas
    • Fuentes
    • Idar
    • Marquez
    • Paz
    • Santiago
    • Tamayo
    • Torres
    • Zizumbo
  • Passages Charter School

Classical schools[edit]

The instructional program in classical schools is accelerated and highly structured for strong academic achievement in literature, mathematics, language arts, world language, and the humanities. There are seven classical schools:[4]

  • Decatur
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • McDade
  • Skinner North
  • Skinner West
  • Bronzeville
  • Sor Juana

International gifted program[edit]

Magnet schools[edit]

Regional gifted centers[edit]

There are eleven regional gifted centers:[5]

Special schools[edit]

Defunct schools[edit]

Former high schools[edit]

  • Academy of Communications and Technology Charter School - closed in 2010, the school building at 4319 W. Washington Blvd. was built in 1906 as St. Mel Catholic grade school
  • Calumet High School (1919–2006) - made way for the Perspectives Charter School, which currently occupies the building
  • Carter Harrison Technical High School (1912–1983) - now houses the Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy[6]
  • Cecil Partee Academic Preparatory Center - occupied the old Hookway Elementary School
  • Chicago High School (1856–1880) - renamed Central High School in 1878, closed in 1880; building demolished in 1950 to make way for the Kennedy Expressway[7]
  • Chicago Talent Development High School (2009–2014)
  • Collins High School - the building at 1313 South Sacramento Drive (inside Douglas Park) now houses both the Collins Academy High School and the North Lawndale College Prep High School
  • Cooley Vocational High School (1958–1979) - subject of the film Cooley High; the school, located on the 800 block of West Scott Street, closed in 1979 when it was replaced by a newer high school nearby and was eventually razed; the area around the former school was zoned to nearby Lincoln Park High School
  • Cregier Vocational High School - closed at the end of the 1994-1995 school year
  • DuSable High School
  • Englewood Technical Prep Academy (1873–2008) - closed due to poor performance; now houses TEAM Englewood Community Academy and Urban Prep Charter Academy
  • English High and Manual Training School - renamed to Crane High School in 1905
  • Forrestville High School - renamed to King College Prep High School in 1971
  • Harvard High School (1865–1962) - closed in 1962 due to declining enrollment; last used by St. George's School before the building was converted into condominiums and a family home[8]
  • Hibbard High School - closed in 1927 when the nearby Roosevelt High School was completed and students were sent there; remains in operation as an elementary school
  • Jefferson High School - closed in 1910 when the nearby Schurz High School was completed and students were sent there; the school was eventually razed and the Irish American Heritage Center was built on the site
  • Kinzie High School - renamed to Kennedy High School in 1965
  • Lake High School - renamed to Tilden Technical High School (now the Tilden Career Community Academy) in 1915
  • Las Casas Occupational High School (closed 2011)
  • Lewis Institute High School - closed in 1917; merged with Armour Institute of Technology in 1940 to form the present-day Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Loretto High School (Englewood) - closed in 1962 due to declining enrollment; the fate of the building is unknown
  • Lucy Flower Vocational High School (1911–2003) - named after Lucy Flower; present site of Al Raby School for Community and Environment[9]
  • Manual High School - renamed to University High School in 1904
  • Medill High School - 1300 block of W. 14th place. First built in the 1890s, buildings on that site housed various grade levels. The high school closed in 1948.[10][11]
  • Metropolitan High School - closed during the 1990s; the school's status, located on 160 block of West Wendell, is unknown
  • Near North Career Metro High School - closed in 2001; the building still stands today but its use is unknown
  • North Park University High School - closed in 1969 due to declining enrollment and rising costs; now serves as an administration building for an adjacent college
  • Parker High School - opened in 1901; closed in 1977 and reopened as Paul Robeson High School
  • Pullman Technical High School - closed in 1950 due to budget constraints; continued to operate as a private school until 1997 when it was converted to the Brooks College Preparatory Academy
  • South Division High School - closed in 1905 and reopened as Wendell Phillips Academy High School
  • South Shore High School
  • Spalding (1908–2004) - K through 12 school at 1628 W. Washington; building reopened as Hope Institute Learning Academy, a private school with a CPS contract emphasizing services for special-needs children
  • Tuley/Northwest Division High School - closed in 1974 to make way for the new Roberto Clemente Community Academy
  • Waller/North Division High School - renamed to Lincoln Park High School in 1979
  • Washburne Trade School - closed in 1993; reopened in 1994 as part of the City Colleges of Chicago[12][13] before closing again in 1996.[13] The culinary trade program continues as Washburne Culinary Institute of Kennedy-King College. Washburne school building at 3233 W. 31st St., built in 1910 as the Liquid Carbonic Co. factory and housing the school from 1958 until closing,[13] was considered for landmark status as a Prairie School industrial building but suffered a fire in Feb. 2007[14] and was demolished by 2009.[13] Converted to a vocational training school in 1919,[15] Washburne was home to Chicago trade union apprentice programs; students earned a high school diploma at the same time.[13][15][16]
  • (West Division) McKinley High School - closed 1954, now the site of Chicago Bulls College Prep
  • Westcott Vocational High School - renamed to Simeon Career Academy in 1964
  • Westinghouse Career Academy High School - closed in 2009 to make way for the new George Westinghouse College Prep (now selective enrollment) on the 3300 block of West Franklin Blvd.

Former elementary schools[edit]

The former Crispus Attucks Elementary School, Bronzeville, Chicago
  • Amelia Dunne Hookway School - closed in 1981 due to underenrollment. A transitional high school for ninth graders, Cecil Partee Academic Preparatory Center was later housed in that same building. Partee was later relocated to Chicago Vocational Career Academy. In 1988, Lenart Regional Gifted Center opened a selective admissions elementary school in that site.
  • Crispus Attucks Elementary School (formerly John Farren Elementary School)
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Katherine Lee Bates - opened in 1960 and closed in 1979; in 1981 Tabernacle Christian Academy moved into that same building at 1203 W. 109th Place, and is currently in operation
  • Robert Morris Elementary School - Razed to make way for the hospital called Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Wendall Phillips Elementary School - located on the annex of Wendall Phillips Academy High School
  • R.S. Abbott Elementary School - located on 3630 S. Wells; opened in 1881 and closed in 2008; the building currently houses Air Force Academy High School
  • Richard Wright Elementary School - opened in 1971 and closed in 2004 due to fire[17]
  • Jacob Riis Elementary School - demolished in 2008.
  • Spry Elementary School - building was converted into the Spry Community School
  • Stockton Elementary School- renamed Courtenay Language Arts Center in 2013[where?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "High School Types". CPS. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Elementary School Types". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Academic Centers". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Classical Schools". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "Regional Gifted Centers". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Chicago Carter Harrison Technical High School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Chicago Central High School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chicago Harvard School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Chicago Lucy Flower Vocational High School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Medill High's Alumni Plan 30th Reunion". Chicago Tribune. March 31, 1960. p. 78. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Plaque in School Honors Service of Medill to Nation". Chicago Tribune. January 9, 1960. p. 9. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Gordon, Danielle (Sep 1994). "Washburne Update: Restraint of Trades". The Chicago Reporter. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  13. ^ a b c d e "The Last Days of Washburne". Forgotten Chicago. January 8, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  14. ^ "Chicagoland Watch List Property Suffers Damaging Fire". Landmarks Illinois. 2007. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
  15. ^ a b Lynch, La Risa (Sep 1994). "Washburne's Checkered Past". The Chicago Reporter. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  16. ^ Worthen, Helena (January 4, 2002). Joint Labor–Management Apprenticeship Programs: The Issue of Access to Multi-Employer Training Programs in Chicago’s Construction Industry. Industrial Relations Research Association: Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting. Archived from the original on September 6, 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  17. ^ Foley, Marybeth (Dec 2004). "Richard Wright Elementary dies by fire". Substance: the newspaper of public education in Chicago. Retrieved September 26, 2009.

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