Educational Resources for Students 

CPS is offering a variety of online coursework for students through the duration of the CTU strike

September 17, 2012

As the Chicago Teachers Union has chosen to delay ending their strike, CPS will continue to provide resources for students so that they may continue to learn through online coursework. These resources and tools will help students stay engaged in learning during the strike.


The District has partnered with Achieve3000 to provide access to online literacy programs for ALL students in 2nd through 12th grades.  Achieve3000 programs (KidBiz, TeenBiz and Empower) will provide students self-directed programming that can be used at Children First sites or at home during the work stoppage period. For more information and to register for "at home" access click here,


Starting Monday, Sept. 17, all Children First sites will provide accounts for students to take advantage of the Achieve 3000 tools.  Students can use these accounts at the Children First sites or at home for the duration of the work stoppage.  For CPS students not attending a Children First site, their parents/ guardians can call 773-553-1000 and obtain an activation key and instructions. Parents/Guardians will have to verify their child is a CPS student, and provide their child’s name, student ID, address, phone number and school. 


Additionally, all CPS high school students are eligible to take free online courses through CPS. Students at off-site locations (home, libraries and community centers) with computer and Internet access may take credit recovery, elective courses or advanced placement courses for credit upon completion of their courses. Click here for a list of courses offered.


At CPS Children First sites, high school students may have exposure to noncredit-bearing college and career planning and reading/writing comprehension courses. For more information continue here and to register click here.


Finally, on Tuesday, the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) will host an Open House at all seven of its City College Campuses from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This is the first time that CCC is hosting open houses for CPS students in such a formally coordinated manner. CPS students will receive information on dual credit/dual enrollment opportunities, as well as a tour of the campus, information on College to Careers and opportunities to talk with advisors, faculty and students.