March 28, 2014
CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will host the Spring High School Fair on March 29th at the UIC Forum for eighth-graders who have not yet decided on a high school for School Year 2014-2015 (SY 14-15). Students who will enter high school in the fall and are not yet enrolled are encouraged to attend the inaugural fair this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to learn about their options and take action toward their future.
“Every year, we work to expand and build upon the programs and opportunities we provide within our high schools so that every student has access to a quality, rigorous curriculum that lays the groundwork for success both inside and outside of the classroom,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “Last year, the District realized both the highest graduation and on-track rates to date, and we continue to make progress toward our goal for every student to graduate 100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college bound.”
More than 50 high schools with seats available for SY 14-15 will be on-site to showcase programs and accept applications at no cost to students and parents. The District recognizes that the transition from eighth to ninth grade is one of the most pivotal moments in a student’s education. Research shows that ninth grade failure rates are higher than any other grade, so providing an opportunity for students to learn more about their school options and helping them make the right choice can have a significant impact on their future success.
Students can visit with CPS school leaders and teachers on-site to learn about opportunities in academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs at schools across the District next year. At the Student Services Center, students and parents can get advice from academic counselors on resources available to diverse learners, English Language Learners (ELL) students, JROTC programs and more. This center will also provide Spanish translation services for students and parents as well as information on how to access other resources that can ease the transition to high school.
Students present at the fair are eligible to win a variety of prizes, including, but not limited to: laptops, tablets, tickets to Bulls and White Sox games, and an autographed Joakim Noah jersey. Corporate and local sponsors have supported the fair through generous donations. These sponsors include: Comcast, NBC5, US Cellular, Best Buy, Target, Wendella Cruise, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Sky and Garrett’s Popcorn.
There is no cost to attend the fair. Free round-trip shuttle service is provided by New Life Covenant Pilsen at nine pick-up locations across the city. For information on these sites and to view a list of schools participating, visit www.cps.edu/hsfair.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 658 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.