Chicago Public Schools works to ensure that not only every student graduates from high school, but also that he/she is prepared to succeed in college or a career in the 21st century global economy. To further highlight that goal across the district, CPS has designated May 2nd through the 6th as College & Career Spirit Week.
College & Career Spirit Week is designed to recognize and show support for college and career-going seniors, as well as increase awareness around college and career preparation activities in schools while highlighting the resources recommended for each grade level. College & Career Spirit Week celebrates the district's success in sending students to college -- in 2009 54.4% of CPS graduates enrolled in college -- and preparing students for careers.
During the week of May 2-6, Central Office employees and school staff, along with the Office of College & Career Preparation, will be hosting a number of activities to promote college and career awareness, readiness, access and success. Sample activities throughout the District include:
- Celebrating CPS "College Signing Day" on May 2nd by wearing college gear and recognizing seniors' college acceptances/commitments.
- Distributing flyers and posters with recommended college and career preparation activities by grade level.
- Incorporating discussions of college and career planning into classes, assemblies and other education activities.
- Hosting College & Career Lab open houses and What's Next Illinois training sessions.
- Reviewing college enrollment data at the school level.
Visit Choose Your Future for more ideas and activities related to college and career preparation.
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