August 16, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will unveil today an updated and enhanced web-based tool that helps parents quickly find school options in their neighborhoods and provides easily accessible and detailed information on each CPS school. The school locator tool is ideal for parents researching schools for their children as they enter grade school or are considering high school options, as well as potential Chicago residents looking for school options in the vicinity of a prospective property. Site visitors can access the tool at: www.cps.edu/map.
“Whether it’s a neighborhood school, a charter or a magnet, our students need a full education and parents need to be able to quickly and easily access information about every school,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “Parents have consistently suggested an easy-to-use online tool, and we are listening. As the new school year kicks off, we encourage parents to visit our website and see how easy it is to access school information.”
This is the first time families and Chicagoans have access to this level of detail about every school in a clear and easy-to-use online format. The new school locator tool provides search features that allow users to search for all CPS elementary and high schools by school name, in addition to schools within a one and a half mile radius of a specific address or Zip code. Search results reveal an area map with color-coded “pins,” identifying nearby schools both by elementary, middle or high school and by its classification as a neighborhood school, Military Academy or Selective Enrollment school. Charters also are displayed on the map.
Clicking the pin will further define the school by attendance boundary, ward or neighborhood and provide general school information including address, contact information and link to individual school profile pages, highlighting more extensive details about each school including enrollment, demographics and academic performance detail.
CPS also created a School Locator Tutorial to help answer any questions that may arise when using the map.
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.