6th Grade Enrollment from CPS

50,884 6th Graders enrolled in CPS in SY21 & SY22.

6th–8th Grade Condensed EOT from CPS

45% of CPS’s SY20 & SY21 6th-8th graders had at least a 3.0 GPA and at least 90% attendance.

78% of SY21 & SY22 8th grade students from CPS were enrolled in CPS for all of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

High School Enrollment from CPS

46,758 of SY20 & SY21 Middle Grades graduates from CPS enrolled in a CPS high school in fall of 2020 & 2021.

Freshman OnTrack from CPS

89% of SY18 & SY19 first-time freshmen from CPS were on-track to graduate from high school in 4 years.

High School Graduation from CPS

85% of SY18 & SY19 first-time freshmen from CPS graduated high school by spring of 2021 & 2022.

College Enrollment from CPS

54% of SY17 & SY18 8th grade graduates from CPS who did not transfer out of CPS within 4 years of their 8th grade graduation enrolled in college in the fall of 2021 & 2022.

Condensed Elementary OnTrack (EOT) groups students into four categories based on their GPA and attendance. Students who are in the On-Track category (above a 3.0 GPA and above 90% attendance) in middle school are the most likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college. Students who are in the Academic Support, Attendance Support, or Intensive Support categories need targeted interventions and support to ensure they are prepared for success.

Students in CPS are all assigned to a neighborhood high school based on their residential address, but many students choose to attend a school other than their assigned high school. CPS offers a wide variety of high school types which emphasize different educational programs. Not all high school types are available in all community areas of Chicago, so depending on where students live, they may be able to more readily access specific types of high schools. Some high schools require that students earn certain grades or test scores in middle school in order to be considered for admission.

Students who are on-track at the end of ninth grade are nearly three times more likely to graduate from high school than students who are off-track. A student is on-track if they fail no more than one semester of a core course and earns at least 5 credits by the end of freshman year. Additionally, only students who earn a 3.0 GPA or above in high school have at least a 50 percent chance of graduating from a four-year college within six years.

Graduating high school with a high level of academic achievement is among the most important markers along the road to college success. Students who graduate from high school with a GPA of 3.0 or above have at least a 50 percent probability of graduating from a four-year college within six years. In order to graduate from high school on time, students must earn a minimum of 24 credits.

Students’ choice of college influences their likelihood of earning a college degree. Students who choose a college with a strong track record of graduating its students, and which fits their unique financial, geographic, and cultural needs, are more likely to earn a college degree or credential. College may not be the best path for every student, but due to data limitations, we are not currently able to track outcomes for non-college pathways.