School-based Health Centers
School-based health centers are like doctor’s office in schools. There are 33 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Chicago that provide services that include but are not limited to: immunizations, physical exams, sports physicals, behavioral healthcare, chronic condition management and acute care. Some SBHCs are available to the community and to neighboring schools. Please call ahead before making an appointment.
School Based Health Center Resources:
CPS School Based Health Center Map
School Based Health Center List
- Find health services and a clinic near you
- Using Health Insurance and Medicaid
Children and Family Benefits - SNAP & Medicaid
CPS assist families to enroll in low cost or free health insurance and the SNAP program (food stamps).
Vision & Hearing
The Office of Student Health and Wellness offers a variety of resources to assist parents in obtaining vision and hearing screenings for their child(ren) if the student was absent or is new to school..
Screening and referral
- Hearing and Vision Screening Technicians are assigned to every school to provide free vision and hearing screenings for students. Technicians will reach out to your child’s school to schedule services. Screening clinics are also available by appointment for students who were absent on screening days or who are new to the school.
By appointment only. Appointments are limited and may not be available on all days of the week. Please discuss scheduling by calling 773-553-1873 at least two weeks in advance. Clinic hours are from 9:30am-2pm
CPS partners with variety of agencies to provide families with access to vision services and glasses at no cost to the family or student. Vision exams are required by October 15th for students entering Kindergarten or entering Illinois schools for the first time at any grade level. Vision exams are recommended for students who fail the vision screening; require an Individualized Education Program (IEP); receive teacher recommendation based upon classroom observation; experience squinting, tilting of the head, sitting close to the television, losing place while reading, rubbing eyes, excessive tearing or headaches.
Illinois Eye Institute Vision Clinic at Princeton (5125 S Princeton)
Year-round, daily vision clinic that provides students with comprehensive eye exams and glasses, if needed
Illinois Eye Institute may bill Medicaid health insurance or other currently applicable insurance company for services
Open for walk-ins, Monday–Friday, 8:30–9:30 am and by appointment
IEI at Princeton 312-949-7990
School-based Vision Program
Vision Exam Resources
Vision Service Contact Information
State of Illinois Vision Examination Report
Vision Service Overview
Vision FAQ for Parents ( | EnglishSpanish)
School Based Vision Consent ( | EnglishSpanish)
CPS partners with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System's Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) to treats various diseases of the ear, such as chronic ear infections and hearing loss.
UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 West Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 6061
Students who meet referral criteria following a hearing screening and/or threshold test by the CPS Audiometric & Vision Screening Technician are automatically referred to UIC who will contact the parent/guardian for an appointment at no cost to the parent/guardian or school. The provider may bill Medicaid or other available insurance.
The school based dental program in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides all consented students with access to dental exams at no cost to families. Exams are comprehensive and include a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment and dental sealants as necessary.
- [ School Based Dental Parent FAQSpanish]
- ( School Based Health Center ConsentSpanish, Polish)
- Dental Clinic Finder - Chicago Dental Society
- Dental Consent Form
Sexual Health Serivces
In Illinois, youth under 18 seeking general medical care need permission from a parent or guardian. However, youth 12 years of age and older can access most sexual health services without parental consent or permission. Also most sexual health services are confidential and parent notification is not required. By law, Medicaid cannot send home a bill/ explanation of benefits for sexual health services.
Places where students can access sexual health services:
School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and some mobile providers provide sexual health services.
STI Education and Screening Project: CPS partners with the Chicago Department of Public Health to provide education and testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea in CPS high schools. Various high schools participate and offer optional testing. Interested students provide consent to the confidential services.
In the Community:
Free or low-cost sexual health services are available at Title X clinics, such as Chicago Department of Public Health’s Neighborhood Health Clinics, Planned Parenthood (PPIL)
and other community health centers. Find Chicago’s 42 Title X clinics here