List of schools in Chicago Public Schools

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

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)

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

Career and Technical Education (CTE)



  • Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy
  • Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative High School
  • Simpson Academy High School for Young Women
  • Consuella B. York Alternative High School


International Baccalaureate (IB)


Military academies


Selective enrollment


Special education

Elementary/middle schools

Zoned Middle Schools

  • Albany Park Multicultural Academy
  • Evergreen Academy Middle School
  • Eugene Field Elementary School
  • Irene C. Hernandez Middle School for the Advancement of Science
  • Francisco I. Madero Middle School
  • Northwest Middle School
  • Robert J. Richardson Middle School
  • James Shields Middle School
  • Wendell E Green Elementary School

Zoned 3-8

Zoned K-8

Zoned K-8 A
Zoned K-8 B
Zoned K-8 C
Zoned K-8 D
Zoned K-8 E
Zoned K-8 G
Zoned K-8 H
Zoned K-8 J
  • Jenner
Zoned K-8 L
Zoned K-8 M
Zoned K-8 N
Zoned K-8 O
  • William B. Ogden
  • Otis World Language Academy - It was established in 1880 as Armour Street School and became James Otis School in 1901. Mildred E. Chuchut served as principal from 1960 to 1962.[2] At some point a petition circulated that stated that she caused damage to the morale there.[3] It became James Otis World Language Academy in 2006.[2]
Zoned K-8 P
Zoned K-8 R
Zoned K-8 S
  • Mark Sheridan Math & Science Academy School website
  • Mark Skinner Elementary School School website
  • Washington D. Smyser Elementary School School website
  • Sidney Sawyer Elementary School School website
  • Sayre Language Academy School website
  • South Loop Elementary School School website
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Dual Language School, formerly Stowe Elementary School, in West Humboldt, Chicago up to the early 1970s had an entirely white student body.[3] In 1966 it had 1,212 students and 38 teachers. On August 10, 1966, Mildred Chucut became principal after being transferred from Jenner School.[4] By the 1970s the student population included many Latinx. There were accusations of her disrespecting students, with some groups asking for her removal, much like how accusations were made against her when she was principal at Jenner. She denied the accusations and credited them to agitators trying to install a Latinx principal.[3]
  • Elizabeth H. Sutherland Elementary School

Zoned K-7

Zoned K-6

Zoned K-5

Zoned K-4

Zoned K-3

Zoned K-2

Elementary/middle schools by type

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.[5]

Academic centers

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:[6]

Charter Schools

  • Acero Charter Schools
    • Brighton Park
    • Cisneros
    • Clemente
    • De La Cruz
    • De Las Casas
    • Fuentes
    • Idar
    • Marquez
    • Paz
    • Santiago
    • Tamayo
    • Torres
    • Zizumbo
  • ASPIRA Charter Schools
    • Haugen Middle School
  • Catalyst Elementary Charter School
    • Circle Rock
    • Maria
  • Christopher House Charter School
  • Chicago International Charter School
    • Avalon/South Shore
    • Basil
    • Lloyd Bond
    • Bucktown
    • Irving Park
    • Loomis Primary
    • Prairie
    • Washington Park
    • West Belden
    • Wrightwood
  • University of Chicago
    • Woodson Middle School

Classical schools

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:[7]

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

International gifted program

  • Lincoln

Magnet schools

  • Black
  • Burnside (formerly Ambrose)
  • Clairemont (Zoned Magnet School)
  • Davis
  • Disney
  • Disney II
  • Drummond
  • Ericson
  • Franklin Fine Arts
  • Frazier Prospective
  • Galileo
  • Gunsaulus
  • Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
  • Hearst
  • Inter-American Magnet School
  • Jackson, Andrew
  • Kershaw
  • LaSalle
  • LaSalle II
  • Murray
  • Newberry
  • Owen
  • Prescott Magnet Cluster School
  • Sabin
  • Saucedo
  • STEM Magnet Academy
  • Stone Academy
  • Suder
  • Thorp
  • Turner-Drew
  • Vanderpoel
  • Wildwood

Regional gifted centers

There are eleven regional gifted centers:[8]

Special schools

  • Daniel C. Beard Elenentary (K-3)
  • Blair Early Childhood Center
  • Moses Montefiore Academy (7-9)
  • Wilma Rudolph Elementary Learning Center (K-5)

Defunct schools

Former high schools

  • 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
  • Richards Vocational High School - located at 5516 S. Maplewood Ave. now houses Rachel Carson Elementary School since 1991. An annex was built in 1997
  • 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[9]
  • 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[10]
  • Chicago Talent Development High School (2009–2014)
  • Chicago Virtual Charter School (K–12, 2006–2020)[11]
  • 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 Crane High School in 1905
  • Forrestville High School - closed in 1971 when the nearby King College Prep High School was completed and students were sent there.
  • Harper High School (1911–2021) – closed in 2021 due to low enrollment, performance, and others.
  • 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[12]
  • 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 Kennedy High School in 1965
  • Lake High School - renamed 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[13]
  • Manual High School - renamed 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.[14][15]
  • Metropolitan High School - closed during the 1990s; the building, located on 160 block of West Wendell, now houses the Ruben Salazar Bilingual Educational Center, a CPS K-8 school.
  • Near North Career Metro High School - closed in 2001; the building is currently used as a training facility for the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department.
  • 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
  • Paul Robeson High School - closed in 2018 due to declining enrollment.
  • 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 Lincoln Park High School in 1979
  • Washburne Trade School - closed in 1993; reopened in 1994 as part of the City Colleges of Chicago[16][17] before closing again in 1996.[17] 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,[17] was considered for landmark status as a Prairie School industrial building but suffered a fire in Feb. 2007[18] and was demolished by 2009.[17] Converted to a vocational training school in 1919,[19] Washburne was home to Chicago trade union apprentice programs; students earned a high school diploma at the same time.[17][19][20]
  • (West Division) McKinley High School - closed 1954, now the site of Chicago Bulls College Prep
  • Westcott Vocational High School - renamed 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 middle schools

  • Canter Middle School - located at 4959 S Blackstone Ave; voted to be closed in 2013, allowed a 1-year reprieve so 8th graders could graduate. Reused by Chicago Public Schools as Kenwood Academic Center.

Former elementary schools

The former Crispus Attucks Elementary School, Bronzeville, Chicago
The former Florence B. Price Elementary School, North Kenwood, Chicago
  • R.S. Abbott Elementary School - located at 3630 S. Wells; opened in 1881 and closed in 2008; the building currently houses Air Force Academy High School
  • John D. Altgeld Elementary School - located at 1340 W 71st St.; closed in 2014. Renamed Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School after moving to the site of this school.
  • Louis Armstrong Elementary School - located at 5345 W Congress Pkwy; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to Rivers of Living Water Ministries International on April 26, 2017 for $250,000. Slated for use as community center.
  • Crispus Attucks Elementary School (formerly John Farron Elementary School) - located at 5055 S State St; voted to be closed in 2013, phased out in summer 2015. The Board of Education approved a sale to KMIS Developers on May 24, 2017 for $100,000.
    • In 1967 parents demanded the removal of its principal, Mary Jane O'Shea. That year superintendent James F. Redmond transferred her, an action criticized by the Chicago Principals Club.[21]
  • Katharine Lee Bates Elementary School - 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.
  • Blair Elementary School - located at 6751 W 63rd Pl; converted into Blair Early Childhood Center.
  • Arna W. Bontemps Elementary School - located at 1241 W 58th St.; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to IFF on Jun 28, 2017 for $50,000. School slated to become mixed-use workforce housing development with at least 46 affordable units. Gym will be converted to commercial leased space. Outdoor area will become urban farm. Offer contingent on receipt of low-income housing tax credits from city.[22]
  • Kate S. Buckingham School - located at 9207 S. Phillips Ave; voted to be closed in 2013. For sale.
  • Ralph J. Bunche Elementary School - located at 6515 S. Ashland Ave; closed in 2005 and was renamed Providence Englewood Center.
  • Daniel H. Burnham School - located at 1903 E 96th St.; voted to be closed in 2013. For sale, main building and annex are being sold separately.
  • Calhoun North Elementary School - located at 2833 W Adams St.; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to Heartland Housing on May 24, 2017 for $200,000. Slated for use as affordable housing. Use restriction: Must be used as housing. Gym and auditorium must be preserved and made available for community programming and partnerships. Cannot be used as any kind of K-12 school or for commercial, retail or industrial development. Owner must provide and maintain a playground for neighborhood children. Sale price will also include about $360,000 in donation tax credits.[23]
  • Zenos Colman Elementary School - located at 4655 S Dearborn St.; closed in 2005. Converted to the School district's Administration office
  • Cornell Elementary School - located at 7525 S. Maryland Ave, closed in 1975 and demolished in 1980.
  • Dodge Elementary School - Now served as Chicago Public Schools, Garfield Park Office.
  • Ana Roque De Duprey School - located at 2620 W Hirsch St.; voted to be closed in 2013. The Board of Education approved a sale to IFF Von Humboldt on Jul 22, 2015 for $3,100,000. Main building slated to become mixed-use community for teachers. Annex and adjoining playground to be sold to Puerto Rican Cultural Center for $1 and converted into a day care center.
  • Farragut Elementary School - Became a Junior High School and then a High School which is now known as Farragut Career Academy.
  • Froebel Elementary School - Demolished in 1980 for housing.
  • U.S. Grant Elementary School
  • Hardin Elementary School - closed in 1950's, homes built on that site.
  • Herman Felsenthal Elementary School - Demolished in 1983.
  • Henry Horner Elementary School - building converted into residential condos in 2013.
  • Amelia Dunne Hookway Elementary 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.
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Jirka Elementary School - building converted to Pilsen Community Academy.
  • John V. LeMoyne Elementary School (formerly Theodore Herzi Elementary School) - Merged with Inter-American Magnet School.
  • Lafayette Elementary School - Located at 2714 W. Augusta Boulevard. Became Chicago High School for The Arts in 2015.
  • Langland Elementary School - Located at 2230 W. Cortland Street. This school was demolished in 1960 to make way for Ehrler Park.
  • Longfellow Elementary School - Razed in 1987 to make way for McKinley Branch Library.
  • Mayfair Elementary School - merged with Irish American Heritage Center in 1985.
  • Garrett A. Morgan Elementary School - located at 8407 S. Kerfoot. Closed in 2014.[24]
  • Moseley Elementary School - Demolished in 2009.
  • Nathaniel Pope Elementary School - Closed in 2014 as part of the closure of 54 schools.
  • Florence B. Price Elementary School - Located at 4351 South Drexel Boulevard. Opened in 1964 and closed in 2013, houses a local church.
  • Raymond Elementary School - reopened as Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Charter Academy.
  • Jacob Riis Elementary School - demolished in 2008.
  • Rosenwald Elementary School - Became Carroll-Rosenwald Specialty School after Carroll moved to this school.
  • Betsy Ross Elementary School
  • Rowland Elementary School - Merged to North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School in 1998.
  • Thomas Scanlan Elementary School - (Later rename Songhai Learning Institute) Closed in 2014.
  • Shedd Elementary School - located at South Side, Chicago.
  • Jesse Spaulding Elementary School - closed in 2006, merged to Hope Learning Academy.
  • Spry Elementary School - building was converted into the Spry Community School.
  • Stewart Elementary School - closed in 2013 for lofts.
  • Stockton Elementary School - renamed Courtenay Language Arts Center in 2013
  • Tennyson Elementary School
  • Alexander von Humboldt Elementary School - located at 2622 West Hirsch Ave. At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, Ana Roque de Duprey School moved its operations to the Von Humboldt building.
  • Willard Elementary School - closed in 1992. homes were built on that site.
  • Richard Wright Elementary School - opened in 1971 and closed in 2004 due to fire[25]
  • Yale Elementary School - closed in 2013.

See also


  1. ^ "High School Types". CPS. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "History". James Otis World Language Academy. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Lyon, Jeff (March 17, 1978). "Problem at Stowe has familiar ring". Chicago Tribune. Vol. 131, no. 76. pp. 1, 4. - Clipping of first and of the second pages from
  4. ^ "Miss Chuchut Transferred." Chicago Tribune. Thursday, August 11, 1966 - Page 1. Clipping of first page and clipping of second page (on page 7) from
  5. ^ "Elementary School Types". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Academic Centers". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Classical Schools". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Regional Gifted Centers". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Chicago Carter Harrison Technical High School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Chicago Central High School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Chicago Virtual". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  12. ^ "Chicago Harvard School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "Chicago Lucy Flower Vocational High School". Illinois HS Glory Days. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "Medill High's Alumni Plan 30th Reunion". Chicago Tribune. March 31, 1960. p. 78. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "Plaque in School Honors Service of Medill to Nation". Chicago Tribune. January 9, 1960. p. 9. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Gordon, Danielle (September 1994). "Washburne Update: Restraint of Trades". The Chicago Reporter. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  17. ^ a b c d e "The Last Days of Washburne". Forgotten Chicago. January 8, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  18. ^ "Chicagoland Watch List Property Suffers Damaging Fire". Landmarks Illinois. 2007. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
  19. ^ a b Lynch, La Risa (September 1994). "Washburne's Checkered Past". The Chicago Reporter. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Banas, Casey (April 11, 1967). "Group Blasts Transferring of Principal". Chicago Tribune. p. 26. - Clipping from
  22. ^ Belsha, Kalyn; Kiefer, Matt. "What happened to the closed school in your neighborhood?". Chicago Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  23. ^ Belsha, Kalyn; Kiefer, Matt. "What happened to the closed school in your neighborhood?". Chicago Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  24. ^ "Morgan Elementary School (Closed 2014) Profile (2021) | Chicago, IL". Public School Review. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  25. ^ Foley, Marybeth (December 2004). "Richard Wright Elementary dies by fire". Substance: the newspaper of public education in Chicago. Retrieved September 26, 2009.

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