CPS Introduces Proposals that Will Improve Learning Environments for Students and Provide More Space at Schools that are Currently Co-located 


The proposal for Frazier IB, recently awarded a Blue Ribbon for Excellence, will create 250 additional seats for students

 

November 27, 2013

 

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools today announced four schools currently co-located -- Frazier Prep with Frazier IB and Urban Prep with Drake -- will have one of the schools move to another campus, which will mean stronger learning environments for students. Expanding Frazier IB and relocating Urban Prep-Bronzeville were among recommendations included in the recent Education Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). Feedback from parents and CPS will be elicited before any of these proposals are finalized or approved.

 

“These proposals will allow CPS over time to double the size of Frazier IB, one of the City’s top elementary schools, while providing a more equitable distribution of space for other schools that will better support student learning,” said CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “While much work remains to engage the community around these proposals, I believe they will allow the District to expand access to high-quality programs and improve current school conditions to help us reach our goal of graduating all CPS students 100-percent college-ready and 100- percent college-bound.”

 

Chicago Public Schools today proposed expanding Frazier Prospective International Magnet, a Level 1 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon elementary school, by 250 students initially and would grow each year with each additional class size. Frazier IB’s growth would be made possible by relocating Frazier Prep, which currently shares a school building with Frazier IB, to nearby Herzl Elementary School. Frazier IB currently offers just one classroom per grade and serves only 265 students. This proposed move would expand the K-8 school by 250 students initially, growing by one or two classes per grade level each year. The school could expand to as many as 930 students in the future. The recommendation to expand Frazier IB was included in the EFMP as a way to increase quality education options for the North Lawndale community.

 

Frazier Prep, currently co-located with Frazier IB at 4027 W. Grenshaw, would co-locate with Herzl. Herzl has space available at its two facilities and already draws students from the same communities as Frazier Prep. Frazier Prep would either locate all of its students in the 3711 W. Douglas building or would locate its K-8 students in that building and its pre-K at the Child Parent Center located at 1401 S. Hamlin.

 

Under the proposed changes, Frazier Prep’s new shared arrangement with Herzl would give the school additional classroom space, a dedicated gymnasium, cafeteria and a science lab. In addition, CPS would make facilities investments into the Herzl building that will benefit both schools and their community. This would include making the school fully ADA accessible, adding a computer lab for Herzl, creating a new intercom system and adding a new play area for the Child Parent Center.

 

Among the other proposals for SY14-15 school year is relocating Urban Prep-Bronzeville from its current shared arrangement with John B. Drake Elementary School, 2710 S. Dearborn, to the Doolittle West building at 521 E. 35th St. Urban Prep’s move was discussed in the EFMP and in conjunction with Drake’s expansion is part of a larger strategy to increase the availability of rigorous academic options in Bronzeville, which also included the addition of IB programs at Wells and Mollison.

 

Urban Prep, a Level 2 high school with 502 students, would replace Chicago High School for the Arts in the Doolittle West building. Urban Prep and James R. Doolittle Jr. Elementary School (Doolittle East) would share the building’s auditorium and possibly its gymnasium at 535 E. 35th St. ChiArts, which has been using Doolittle West as a temporary location. Chi Arts will have a new home as planned for SY14-15 year, and CPS is working to finalize a permanent solution for them.

 

The proposed moves aim to create more comfortable learning environments for students and provide additional space for growth physically and academically. Urban Prep’s proposed relocation to Doolittle West would give the school a locker room, eight additional office spaces and at least three more classrooms compared to its current arrangement. Doolittle West was recently renovated, and the bathrooms have been updated and the building is accessible on all floors. If this proposal goes forward, CPS will also outline a safety plan for Urban Prep students in conjunction with the community.

 

The public can access transition plans and other information for these proposals by visiting cps.edu/qualityschools2014.

 

This announcement is just the first step in the process, and will be followed by community meetings and public hearings. After these meetings and hearings, CEO Byrd-Bennett will either withdraw the recommendations or present them to the Board, which will then vote on the proposal.

 

The schedule of meetings and hearings is as follows:

 

Urban Prep Relocation
First Community Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 9
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Dunbar High School
3000 S. King Dr.

 

Second Community Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 16
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Dunbar High School
3000 S. King Dr.

 

Public Hearing
Thursday, Jan. 23
5:30 to 7:30 PM
CPS Central Office
125 S. Clark St.

 

Frazier Prep Relocation
First Community Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 7
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Manley High School
2935 W. Polk St.

 

Second Community Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 14
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Manley High School
2935 W. Polk St.

 

Public Hearing
Thursday, Jan. 23
8:00 to 10:00 PM
CPS Central Office
125 S. Clark St.

 

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