Vision: Every student in Chicago Public Schools has the skills, knowledge and habits necessary to effectively contribute to and participate in the social, political, and economic life of their communities and world.

Mission: To partner with students, educators and community to build transformational schools that ignite curiosity, promote agency, and elevate active participation in our Democracy.


Service-learning is a proven civic education practice that extends learning into the community and builds a strong sense of agency among young people.

Student Voice

Student Voice Committees (SVCs) are designed to form crucial student-adult partnerships to help address the myriad of issues facing schools today. Through engaging students in the decision making process, SVCs seek to:

  • improve school culture and climate, and
  • develop individual youth’s civic leadership skills.

Civics Course

Civic Learning: Learn about the Participate civics course and curriculum, partner organizations, student events, and professional development in civic learning throughout the school.

Social Science (k-12)

The Department of Social Science works to support its students, teachers, schools, and communities by leading professional learning opportunities, providing guidance on curriculum development, and organizing instructional resources that will help enrich and broaden learning experiences in the classroom and beyond.

Financial Education

Financial Education is designed with the vision that all Chicago students will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and access to make informed personal financial decisions and to participate effectively in the economy. These skills will lead to a future of financial empowerment. All students will graduate ready to be competent decision makers, responsible and knowledgeable consumers, prudent savers and investors, empowered employees, employers, and entrepreneurs, and critical and thoughtful economic actors.


Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) engages high school students in place-based experiences that connect classroom learning to outdoor stewardship.

Department of Social Science & Civic Engagement
501 W. 35th Street/ Chicago, IL 60616

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