Department of Principal Quality

Mission: Identify, develop, support, and retain strong principal leaders who are dedicated to student success in CPS.

Vision: Every Chicago Public School has a strong leader providing opportunities for all students to achieve their fullest potential.

What does the Department of Principal Quality do?

Our Department focuses on six main areas: Aspiring Assistant Principals, Principal Pipeline, Principal Eligibility, Principalship, Independent School Principals (ISP), Chicago Principal Fellowship. Click on the "more information" below for additional details.

Aspiring Assistant Principals

Learn about the annual institute for CPS Chief-recommended teacher leaders that prepares them for their next step in leadership.

Principal Pipeline

Learn about the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC), a yearlong residency program for aspiring principals.

Principal Eligibility

Find information on the CPS Principal Eligibility Process, the process that principal candidates must pass before they can be selected for Contract, Interim or Acting Principal positions.


Find resources for Principal Candidates, New-to-Role Principals, and Practicing Principals.

Independent School Principals (ISP)

Learn about the Independent Schools Principals (ISP) program. This program is for our highest performing principals.

Chicago Principal Fellowship

Learn about the Chicago Principal Fellowship program. This program is for our highest performing principals.

Contact Us

Department of Principal Quality
42 West Madison, Chicago, IL 60602
(773) 553-1515

Page Last Modified on Thursday, March 22, 2018