Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) 

Overview

Parents and communities are essential voices and partners in developing and sustaining new schools in the city of Chicago. As part of the 2014 New Schools' Request for Proposals (RFP), Chicago Public Schools will form Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NAC) in communities where CPS receives proposals to open new schools.

The NACs are advisory groups that will review proposals for new schools in their communities and provide a recommendation to the Chicago Board of Education. CPS encourages parents and community members to volunteer to participate in a local NAC and contribute their unique perspective and expertise to the proposal review process.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a NAC, please email or fax an application to newschoolapplicants@cps.edu or 773-553-3225.

To find out more information on the NACs, please attend one of the following Informational Sessions:

Date:
Time:
Location:

May 28, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Olive-Harvey College
10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628

 

 

Date:
Time:
Location:

May 29, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Richard J. Daley College
7500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60652

If you plan to participate in a NAC, please attend one of the following mandatory Orientation Training Sessions:

Date:
Time:
Location:

June 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Richard J. Daley College
7500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60652

 

 

Date:
Time:
Location:

June 28, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Olive-Harvey College
10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628

Please note that an individual will not be allowed to serve on a NAC if they do not attend one of the mandatory Orientation Training Sessions.

NACs serve in an advisory role to CPS on behalf of their community in the proposal review process; NAC members act as liaisons between CPS, their communities, and the applicant design teams proposing to open new school options in their community.

The primary roles of a NAC member are to:

  • Review Proposals: Review proposals on behalf of their community using the standards for quality identified in the RFP, including an assessment of parent and community engagement and support;
  • Act as Point of Reference: Act as a point of reference for other community members, letting them know about the proposed new school options, providing them with information on the process and proposals, and answering any questions; and
  • Make a Recommendation: Contribute to the development of an evidence-based, consensus-driven recommendation to approve or deny a proposal based on the standards for quality identified in the RFP, which will be shared with the Chief Executive Officer of CPS, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and the Chicago Board of Education.

Chicago Public Schools is in the process of planning and improving the 2014 NAC review process. Check back over the next month for updates. In the meantime, please see last year's website for information on the 2013 Neighborhood Advisory Councils.

Related Links

2016: Process to Open a New School - Request for Proposals
2014: Process to Open a New School - Request for Proposals - [Archived]
2014: Neighborhood Advisory Council - [Archived]
2013: Process to Open a New School - [Archived]
2013: Neighborhood Advisory Council - [Archived]

 

Contact information

Office of New Schools
125 South Clark Street
10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1530
Fax: (773) 553-1559
Email: newschoolapplicants@cps.edu