CPS: Success Starts Here.

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"All of our children want to succeed, and it’s our job to see that they can" - Forrest Claypool, CEO

CPS Vision: 2016 - 2019

At Chicago Public Schools, our mission is to provide a high-quality public education for every child in every neighborhood, that prepares them for success in college, career, and community. This important work is grounded in our vision, a document created to align our efforts and provide a clear sense of our priorities over the next three years for all stakeholders.

Read the CPS Vision

Our work begins with three commitments:

Academic Progress

Commitment #1

Academic Progress

Academic achievement is rising at CPS, with higher attendance rates, higher test scores, climbing graduation rates, and thousands more of our graduates earning college degrees than they did a decade ago. This progress is impressive, and is a tribute to the hard-working educators, parents, and students who’ve committed to their classrooms.

Continuing to meet and exceed these trends is our priority. To do that we must ensure our approach is holistic: our curriculum must evolve to include the 21st century skills demanded by today’s employers, our educators must be supported and empowered, and our schools must be safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

Read more about the work CPS will do to continue academic progress.

Financial Stability

Commitment #2

Financial Stability

The District’s finances are now more stable than they have been in years, but work continues to achieve financial stability -- moving CPS from a budget crisis to a balanced budget; from the constant threat of cuts, to how we can better invest in our children’s future.

Building on the financial foundation created this year, we will make internal reforms and support further action in Springfield that will ultimately lead to the equitable funding our schools need, so that our focus never shifts from educating our children and investing in their future.

Read more about the work CPS will do to achieve financial stability.

CPS' Integrity

Commitment #3


For more than 150 years, CPS has been a part of Chicago. Now the third largest school district in the country, CPS is made up of hundreds of schools, thousands of educators and administrators, hundreds of thousands of students and families, and the millions of city residents who support our future thinkers, leaders, and innovators.

Educating the next generation is a great responsibility; one that depends on the commitment of all of our stakeholders. We must continue to work to build a trusted community, worthy of all its members.

Read more about the work CPS will do to improve trust .