Contract schools are public schools open to all students. These schools are operated by private entities under contract with CPS to provide an additional education option for students.






Each contract school has a curriculum, schedule, calendar, and admissions procedure that may differ from other public schools. Contract schools may be operated by community organizations, universities, foundations, and teachers. All contract schools are held accountable for high student achievement by the Board of Education.


Attendance boundaries

No, for most schools. Students across the city can apply.



View list of Contract schools

Enrollment requirements

Acceptance criteria

  • Application
  • Random lottery if there are more applications than available spaces. Contract schools have their own applications.


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Contact each school directly.


Page Last Modified on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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