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 is allowing charter applicants to revise their responses to this RFP. Revised responses will be due to the District by July 1, and the District will update this timeline in the coming weeks.

We thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter as we continue to focus our attention to work with our partners in Springfield to secure equal funding for all of Chicago's children, and children throughout the state of Illinois.


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 is allowing charter applicants to revise their responses to this RFP. Revised responses will be due to the District by July 1, and the District will update this timeline in the coming weeks.

We thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter as we continue to focus our attention to work with our partners in Springfield to secure equal funding for all of Chicago's children, and children throughout the state of Illinois.


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 10:00 a.m. to newschoolapplicants@cps.edu

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

 

Publicly Post Tier 1 Proposals

May 20

 

Request for Amendment Questions Released

June 1

 

Applicant Interviews Scheduled

June 3

 

Request for Amendment Questions Due

June 15

Due by 10 a.m. to Dropbox folder

Applicant Interviews Conducted

June 28 - 30

 

Addendum

August 17

Due by 10 a.m. to Dropbox folder

Public Hearing at CPS Central Office

September 29

42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL

CPS Board Meeting

October 26

 

Conditional Materials (if applicable) and Final Facility Plans Due

TBD

 

Letter of Intent to Sign Contract Due

TBD

 

CPS Board Meeting to Approve Conditions, Facility, and/or to Enter into a Final Contract

TBD

 

Contact Information

Office of New Schools
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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