Facility Standards 

On August 22, 2011, Governor Quinn signed Public Act 097-0474, amending the Illinois School Code by adding requirements related to School Action and Facility Master Planning. Public Act 097-0474 requires that the Chicago Public Schools ("CPS"):

  1. Publish space utilization and facility performance standards;
  2. Produce plans for capital improvement (May 2, 2012) and a ten year education master facility plan (January 1, 2013);
  3. Ensure that information regarding capital expenditures and leases are accessible to the public

This website and its links will house information related to all CPS' Facilities.

School-by-School Inspection Results 

Every CPS student deserves to attend a school that is clean and well maintained, and the district conducted blitz inspections at all schools to help identify and address all facilities that were not up to our standards. CPS is carrying out a multi-pronged plan to better support our schools in the new school year — including adding additional custodians, conducting monthly inspections to hold vendors accountable and transitioning all schools to a stronger facility services structure — and we are committed to working with school communities throughout the city to ensure all students have access to a high quality learning environment.

Earlier this year, CPS proactively initiated a comprehensive audit of facility maintenance that goes above and beyond requirements in order to assess the state of CPS facilities. In cases where initial results did not meet our high expectations, the district has taken immediate action so that every school will pass by the fall of 2018. 

As of July 3, approximately 75 percent of schools have passed their inspection, and the district’s work will not be complete until all school have a passing score. 

CPS is taking several steps to immediate address the concerns identified during inspections, including: 

  • CPS is hiring 200 custodians to deep clean schools over the summer and 100 of those custodians will remain with the district for the new school year. 
  • CPS is assembling a full Quality Assurance team tasked with complete internal oversight to ensure cleanliness and maintenance issues continue to improve. The Quality Assurance team will be responsible for conducting monthly facility inspections at all schools to ensure schools maintain a high level of cleanliness throughout the year.
  • Every school that did not pass an inspection received a corrective action plan mandating actions, structures, and timelines for improvement. The district will monitor the corrective action plan and provide staffing to support. 

Blitz Inspection by School

Space Utilization Standards

Chicago Public Schools has produced a Space Utilization report that includes the utilization rate and enrollment data for each school. This report can be viewed below.

2018-19 School Utilization and Enrollment Data *
2018-19 Capacity Utilization methodology described

*As required by law, the space utilization report details school buildings operated by CPS and therefore does not include charter schools operated in their own building, as well as alternative schools.

Facility Performance Standards

Chicago Public Schools facilities are critical to support educational function and student safety. The District has developed Facility Performance Standards to provide guidance for future renovations and new construction projects. This document utilizes the expertise of both architects and engineers in the various components of school design, maintenance, operation and usage. The District’s Facility Performance Standards are below:

Facility Performance Standards

Heat Protocol Standards

Heat Emergency Protocol

Educational Facilities Master Plan

Development of an Educational Facilities Master Plan is a requirement of Public Act 097-0474.

The purpose of this version is to encourage additional partnership between CPS, communities, and City of Chicago sister agencies in the continued development of the EFMP. Feedback on this plan can be submitted at the email address below.

CPS Educational Facilities Master Plan (October 2018 Release)
CPS Educational Facilities Master Plan Community Meetings
CPS Educational Facilities Master Plan Community Presentation

Feedback on the Educational Facilities Master Plan can be sent to: FacilitiesPlan@cps.edu

Property Owned and Leased by the Board

A list of properties owned and leased by the District is now available via a searchable database that includes address, property name, Zip code, own/lease categorization, and copy of leases where applicable.

Properties Owned and Leased by the Chicago Board of Education Database

Capital Needs Review Process

CPS will assess the capital needs of its facilities through:

  1. A Self-Assessment form completed by school administrators and
  2. A detailed biennial assessment of each facility operated by the district

This two-step process will allow CPS to better understand the conditions of every school throughout the district, assist with developing capital improvement plans, and a ten-year education master facility plan and, most importantly, allow CPS to prioritize projects to ensure that the schools with critical needs are addressed in a timely manner.

Understanding CPS' Capital Needs Review Process
Biennial Facility Assessments: Frequently Asked Questions
CPS Guide to Biennial Facility Assessments
Self-Assessment Form - Sample

School Actions

Earlier in 2011, CPS released the process for school actions which was also required as part of Public Act 097-0474. That information can be found on the CPS Quality Schools page.

Creating a Quality Education for Every Child in Every Community


Instructions: to view an individual school plan, enter the school name in the search box below. Then, select your school from the list on the page. From the school profile page, scroll down to find a link to the Educational Facilities Master Plan for your school.

Find a school by name:

Page Last Modified on Friday, December 28, 2018