Process to Open a New School: 2016 

Overview of the 2016 New Schools Request for Proposals

Due to CPS' ongoing fiscal challenges, recent budget reduction estimates provided to District-run schools and efforts to secure equal funding from Springfield, the District allowed charter applicants to revise their responses to this RFP. The District has updated this timeline.


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. The 2016 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify new high-quality school options represents one of these initiatives. The 2016 New Schools 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

Educators who would like to open a new charter, contract, or alternative “options” school should respond to the RFP with proposals for their school(s). An updated timeline reflecting this year's proposal process is detailed under the Timeline tab below.

The information, forms, and support tools needed to complete this process can be found below in three tabs:

  • RFP Applicant Forms, which includes all materials required to develop and submit a proposal
  • RFP Timeline
  • RFP Support Documents and Resources, which provides helpful guidance, information, and resources

CPS will host a webinar training for applicants on February 10, 2016. We encourage all applicants to participate in the training to receive an overview of the process. Applicants interested in attending the webinar should email newschoolapplicants@cps.edu by February 1, 2016 with “2016 RFP Overview Webinar” in the subject text box and include their first name, last name, and email address in the body text.

Contact 773-553-1530 or newschoolapplicants@cps.edu with any additional questions.

2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) Process

Required Applicant Forms and Documents

Applicant Forms and Documents

Format

Intent to Apply FormAll applicants must complete and send electronically to newschoolapplicants@cps.edu by 10 a.m., February 22, 2016.

2016 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

Additional Required RFP Documents

ADA Compliance Report

RFP Financial Form – All proposals must include the following financial forms submitted with the completed proposal.

Helpful Guidance Documents –

Charter Proposal Assurances Statement

Board Member Form

Board Member Economic Interest Form

Illinois State Board of Education Special Education Form

Inspecting Architect's ReportAll proposals including an independent facility must include an Inspecting Architect's Report.

Sources and Uses Report – All proposals that cite an independent facility must include a completed 'sources and uses' report.

Process Timeline

Due to CPS' ongoing fiscal challenges, recent budget reduction estimates provided to District-run schools and efforts to secure equal funding from Springfield, the District allowed charter applicants to revise their responses to this RFP. The District has updated this timeline.


Each stage of the proposal submission and evaluation process is included in the timeline below, followed by descriptions of key RFP events.

Activity

Proposed Dates

Information and Updates

RFP Released

December 30

 

Overview Webinar for Applicants

February 10

View the webinar: 2016 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP)

I&I Office Hours with Applicants

February 16-19

If you have specific questions about the RFP, please email newschoolapplicants@cps.edu with a list of the questions and request to schedule a consultation with I&I.

Applicant Intent to Apply Due to I&I

February 22

Due by 10 a.m. to Dropbox folder

Required Proposal Introductory Meeting with I&I Staff

February 29 – March 4

 

Application

April 25

Due by 10 a.m. to Dropbox folder

Completeness Check Finalized

April 29

 

Revised Application Due by 5:00 pm August 10  

Publicly Post Tier 1 Proposals

September 2016

 

Addendum

September 16

Due by 10 a.m. to Dropbox folder

Addendum II

October 14

Due by 10 a.m.

Public Hearing at CPS Central Office

November 21

42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL

CPS Board Meeting

December 2016

 

2016 Applicant Overview

 

Applicant

Proposal Status

School Type

# of Proposed School(s) or Campus(es)

Proposed School Name

Targeted Student Population

Grades

Enrollment

Planned Opening Date

Targeted Communit(ies)

Management Organization

Proposal Materials

At-
Capacity

Yr. 1

Yr. 5

At-
Capacity

Yr. 1

Yr. 5

Project Simeon 2000 (PS2) Active Charter 1 Kemet Leadership Academy Alternative 5-8 5-6 5-8 500 250 500 2017 Auburn-Gresham
West Chatham
Englewood
West Englewood
Roseland
Washington Heights
Greater Grand Crossing
Youth Connection Charter School Kemet Leadership Academy Proposal Materials
pilotED Schools Withdrawn Charter NA
SMART Charter School Withdrawn Charter NA
Center for Positive Advancement Withdrawn Charter NA
KIPP Chicago Withdrawn Charter NA
Intrinsic Schools Withdrawn Charter NA
Light House Youth Center Withdrawn Charter NA
Noble Network  Withdrawn Charter NA
Non-profit Educational Withdrawn --- NA
Evelyn Ann Charter School Incomplete Submission* --- NA

Contact Information

Innovation and Incubation
773-553-1530 | Main
773-553-1559 | Fax
newschoolapplicants@cps.edu
42 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60602

Related Links

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]

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