CPS Virtual Learning Summer Initiative 


The CPS Virtual Learning Program provides online courses tuition- free to actively enrolled Chicago Public Schools students. Online courses give students an opportunity to expand course offerings, meet graduation requirements or prepare for high school. CPS students entering 7th-12th grade in the Fall are invited to take online courses over the Summer in one of four programs. Applications for “Advance & Accelerate,” "Be Prepared," and "Do Something Different" will be accepted April 29 - May 27, 2016. Summer term will begin July 5, 2016.

The following goals will describe online learning options for students. *Please note: you may only enroll a student in online credit recovery through a virtual mentor at a high school that is participating in the program (see below).


CPS's online summer school programs will provide students with engaging acceleration and remediation opportunities. CPS students going into 7th through 12th grade are encouraged to apply in one or more of the following ways:

Advance & Accelerate (Incoming 10-12th Grade Students)

With permission of their CPS principal, high school students (grades 10-12th) can take core courses online to create opportunities to “get ahead” in their coursework or graduation requirements. Courses from Edgenuity include: English, Mathematics, World Language, Sciences & Fine Arts. Students and parents should have a counselor or principal submit a nomination form between April 29-May 27, 2016: CPS Summer Online High School Application 2016

Courses include: English, Mathematics, World Language, Sciences & Fine Arts

Be Prepared (Incoming 7th-9th Grade Students)

CPS students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade are invited to take online courses in writing, reading or pre-algebra to "get prepared" for upper grades or high school level concepts in writing and math in advance of the school year. These courses are taken independently with parents agreeing to serve as a monitor for students. School credit is not issued for these courses, they are for academic exercise during the Summer. Courses include: Writing Workshop, Math Foundations and Pre-Algebra Parents, Guardians or School Counselors may nominate students to participate between April 29 and May 27: CPS Summer Online Middle School/Incoming Freshman Application 2016

Courses include: English Foundations I  and/or Pre-Algebra

Conquer Credit Recovery (Incoming 10th-12th grade students)
High school students can "get on track" by taking online courses to recover courses failed to get on track for graduation. This program requires student attendance in a credit recovery lab for additional support, attendance requirements and proctored exams.  CPS home schools are responsible for helping students navigate their credit recovery options.  Please contact your school's counselor or virtual mentor for enrollment information. If a school does not have a virtual learning program in place, online credit recovery may not be an option for students. Credit recovery course options . Confirmed summer sites for 2016 will be updated soon: Summer 2016 Online Credit Recovery

Do Something Different, Dig Deeper (Incoming 10th-12th grade students)

Students are invited to “get inspired” by taking online elective courses that present a field experience over the summer. Courses are taken online anytime anywhere, and students are invited to visit cultural institutions to partner exhibits, workshops and real world experiences. Courses include: field experiences (that may be virtual). Credit for these courses may only be earned with school principal permission. Courses offered: Personal Psychology I: The Road to Self-Discovery, Introduction to Business, Music Appreciation: The Enjoyment of Listening, and Art in World Cultures. CPS Summer Online High School Application 2016

Students may take courses anytime/anywhere but must apply or be nominated to take these courses by school staff, or a parent using our online application. Course acceptance will be sent via email. Please provide an accurate email address.


Please contact a CPS school counselor or Virtual Learning Mentor for assistance with registration. Remember: This program is for actively enrolled CPS students. High school students can only take online courses for credit with the permission of their home school counselor, virtual mentor or administrator. Please reach out to your school for help. If you cannot find assistance at a school, please contact the Virtual Learning Program at cpsonlinecourses@cps.edu .

Contact Information

Virtual Learning
Email: cpsonlinecourses@cps.edu
Phone: (773) 553-3185
Fax: (773) 553-3595

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Page Last Modified on Friday, May 13, 2016