ONS school types 

Compared to traditional CPS schools, charter, contract, and performance schools receive greater levels of autonomy in exchange for accountability. The degree of autonomy depends on the school type.

 

 

  Performance schools Contract schools Charter schools
CPS schools with CPS staff. Have more autonomy than traditional schools. Must adhere to the Illinois School Code and the vast majority of CPS policies. CPS schools managed by external organizations. Must adhere to the Illinois School Code and CPS student-related policies. Independently operated public schools that are authorized under Illinois Charter Schools Law, 105 ILCS/5/27A-5 Opens in a new window icon
 
Autonomies
  • Budget
  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum
  • Staffing (Illinois state certification required)
  • Time
  • Budget
  • Governance
  • Curriculum
  • Staffing
  • Time
  • Budget
  • Governance
  • Student Discipline
 
Accountability

 

 

New start vs. turnaround

New start Turnaround schools

A majority of ONS schools are “new starts,” meaning that the school will open with new staff and new students. A new school can be a charter, contract, or performance school.

Organizations with a track record of success in operating schools apply to provide turnaround services. The organization selects adults with skills to match the needs of the struggling school, while all of the students remain in place. A turnaround provider may choose to use either the performance or contract school model.

 

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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