Report card pickup day 

Meet with your child’s teacher(s) to discuss his or her grades this week.

November 17, 2009

Twice a year, Chicago Public Schools urges parents to visit their child’s school to pick up his or her report card. This fall’s report card pickup day takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, for elementary school students, and Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, for high school students.


The date of report card pickup varies for some schools, including those following a non-regular school calendar (e.g. year round schools); please confirm the date with your child’s school. Students have the day off on their respective report card pickup day.


 Parents can pick up report cards from 12 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. (Times may vary. Please confirm the time and teachers’ break period with your child’s school).


The day is designed to benefit both parents and students. Parents get the chance to meet their child’s teacher(s) if they haven’t already and briefly discuss their child’s academic performance.

Report cards

Similar to progress reports, report cards offer parents detailed information about their child’s performance in school. Each report card lists a grading scale that can be used to gauge your child’s academic performance. The grading scale is as follows:


 A - Substantially exceeding the standard.

 B - Exceeding the standard.

 C - Meeting the standard.

 D - Less than acceptable performance on the standard.

 F - Does not meet the standard.

 / - Indicates an area not to be graded at this time. (Please note: This is not available on high school report cards.)


Report card pickup day is a great way to assess your child’s academic performance with his or her teacher. Parents should use this time to:


  • Visit your child’s classroom(s).
  • Talk with your child’s teacher(s) about how he or she is doing in school.
  • Learn whether or not your child is on track in his or her grade level and discuss any academic interventions that can be put into place.


Report cards are available in English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Arabic, and Bosnian. Similar to last year, parents can keep their copy of their child’s report card. Report cards do not have to be returned to the school. New report cards will available at each marking period.

Getting to the next grade 

Now is also a great time to make sure your child is on track to get to the next grade. View the promotion policies for our high school and elementary school students below.  


Elementary school

High school


During report card pickup day parents of elementary students will also receive the 2009-2010 School/Parent Guide to the Elementary School Promotion Policy. This guide outlines the requirements for promotion in the benchmark grades (3, 6, and 8).


For more information, contact Elementary Areas and Schools at (773) 553-2150 or High School Programs at (773) 553-3540.


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