Freshman Enrollment in CPS

26,234 first-time freshmen enrolled in CPS in 2022–2023.

Freshman OnTrack in CPS

89% of 2022–2023 first-time freshmen in CPS were on-track to graduate from high school in 4 years.

High School Graduation in CPS

85% of 2019–2020 first-time freshmen in CPS graduated high school by spring of 2023.

College Enrollment in CPS

62% of 2022 high school graduates from CPS enrolled in college in fall of 2022.

College Persistence in CPS

63% of 2021 immediate enrollees from CPS were continuously enrolled through spring of 2023.

College Completion in CPS

47% of 2017 immediate enrollees from CPS completed a degree or credential by spring of 2023.

  • 2022–2023 Chicago Public Schools Freshman Enrollees
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    2022–2023 CPS First-Time Freshmen
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    2019–2020 CPS First-Time Freshmen
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  • 2022–2023 CPS Freshman OnTrack
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  • 2023 CPS High School Graduates
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    2022 CPS High School Graduates
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  • CPS Students Who Enrolled In College In 2022
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    CPS Students Who Immediately Enrolled In College In 2021
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    CPS Students Who Immediately Enrolled In College In 2017
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  • CPS Students Who Persisted In College Through 2023
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  • CPS Students Who Completed College By 2023
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Students’ 8th grade grades and attendance are the strongest predictors of their academic performance in high school—stronger than test scores, disciplinary history, study habits, or background characteristics. Knowing that the transition to high school can be challenging for all students, data on past performance can help educators ensure that students with high 8th grade GPAs and attendance maintain their strong performance as freshmen, while students with lower 8th grade GPAs or attendance receive additional supports in high school in order to get on-track as freshmen. It is important to remember, however, that despite its predictivity, 8th grade GPA and attendance should in no way limit the opportunities of individuals or groups of high school students.

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 obtain at least 5 credits by the end of freshman year. Additionally, students who obtain a 3.0 GPA or above in high school are more likely to graduate 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 obtain 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 (for example, military service, trade school, workforce).

Students who remain continuously enrolled through the first two years of college are more likely to complete a degree or credential.

Completing a college degree or certificate is increasingly a primary pathway to social and economic stability in the 21st century. When considering a high school's effort to increase the educational attainment of its students, the college completion rate is a critical benchmark.