Alternative Safe Schools 

Safe Schools allow students temporarily removed from school for behavioral violations to continue to receive credits for their studies through alternative educational placements.


The primary goal of Safe Schools is to return students to their regular education setting within CPS, while ensuring that each student continues to make progress toward earning a high school diploma. Seventy-seven percent of Safe School students complete the program successfully and return to their home school.


Program overview

Safe Schools provide: 

  • Educational services
  • Behavioral intervention to improve academic performance
  • Social behavior intervention
  • Vocational and career training opportunities
  • Life-skills training

Eligibility requirements

The Safe Schools program is open to students who have been temporarily removed from school for violating the CPS Student Code of Conduct. Duration depends upon the length of each student’s expulsion period, which can range from 45 days to two years.

How to participate 

Students must be referred to the program by a principal or disciplinarian. Safe Schools are available at the following three high schools: Banner North, Richard Milburn and Vivian E. Summers.


Alternative Safe Schools provide educational opportunities for students not currently in traditional high school. To learn more, contact Alternative Safe Schools at (773) 535-8047.


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Contact information

Alternative Safe Schools
125 South Clark Street
16th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-5110