College & Career Spirit Week 

CPS raises awareness about college and career preparation with activities throughout the district

May 02, 2011

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.


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