At Chicago Public Schools (CPS), our vision for success is for every student in every neighborhood to be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program that prepares them for success in college, career, and life.
The district has focused on strengthening neighborhood schools with high-quality academic programming since 2011. In last year’s inaugural Academic Program Focus Request for Proposals (RFP), Chicago Public Schools announced the largest-ever academic program expansion in history: investing $32 million in new high-quality programming for nearly 17,000 students at 32 schools across the district.
The 2019-2020 application for change in programmatic focus continues to put the voice of our school communities front and center. Through this process, schools are able to submit proposals requesting the addition of specific academic programs in their schools. In this second year of this process, the district seeks to maintain integrity in district decision making, provide even greater transparency and clarity into how academic programs are added to schools, and improve equity of access to high-quality academic programming across the district.
The district will give careful consideration to applications that address a programmatic need; have the appropriate entry criteria and plan for implementation; and demonstrate clear support from the school administration, local school council, and parents. Schools that apply but are not chosen will be given clear, objective rationale, as well as areas of improvement so they can focus on strengthening structures to ensure successful program implementation.
To identify opportunities for additional investment and develop a transparent and equitable investment process, the district worked with Kids First Chicago to publish the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA), a fact-based report to empower communities with objective school-level and regional education data. Before beginning the Letter of Intent, please review the Annual Regional Analysis.
The SY 2019-2020 Request for Proposals
CPS is seeking proposals from elementary and high school leaders requesting the addition of specific academic programs in their schools. The information, forms, and support tools needed to complete this application can be found in the three tabs on this site:
- Timeline - This tab provides a timeline of the RFP process.
- Program Overviews - This tab provides an overview of each program to which you can apply.
- Community Events - This tab provides a list of outreach events and links to register.
Letter of Intent
The Letter of Intent Applicaton and accompanying documents should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 3, 2019.
Network Chiefs can fill out the attached form and send it back to email@example.com.