Overview of the 2014-15 Request for Proposals
At Chicago Public Schools (CPS), our vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career, and life. To achieve this ambitious goal, we have identified several key strategic initiatives. This Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify new high-quality school options represents one of these initiatives. Overseen by the Office of Innovation and Incubation, the 2014-15 RFP seeks educational experts familiar with the complexities of urban school districts to apply to open, expand, and/or replicate the most promising programmatic designs that are intentionally focused on the achievement outcomes of all children.
The District is seeking teachers, administrators, national education management organizations, and current school leadership teams from Chicago and nationwide to respond to the RFP with proposals that demonstrate the capacity to run high quality new schools. New schools should embody the five pillars that CPS believes will help increase graduation rates, academic preparedness for college and career, entry into college, military, or employment, and persistence and success in college and employment:
Pillar 1: High standards, rigorous curriculum, and powerful instruction
Pillar 2: Systems of support that meet student needs
Pillar 3: Engaged and empowered families and community
Pillar 4: Committed and effective teachers, leaders, and staff, and
Pillar 5: Sound fiscal, operational, and accountability systems
On April 8, 2015, applicants who are proposing to open new charter, contract, or alternative “options” schools submitted proposals in response to the RFP. Depending on the type of student body that the school is seeking to serve, applicants responded to one of two versions of the RFP:
- Applicants seeking to open a “*traditional” (i.e. non-“alternative”) charter or contract school responded to the 2014-15 New Schools RFP
- Applicants seeking to open an “alternative” education options school (charter, contract, or Alternative Learning Opportunity Program (ALOP)) responded to the 2014-15 Request for Education Options
Below please find a complete list of applicants who submitted proposals by the April 8, 2015 deadline to open schools in the fall of 2016 or 2017:
Please note: All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, and may change based on further information.