Academic Excellence 

CPS honors the scholastic achievements of the class of 2009.

May 19, 2009


CPS celebrated the scholastic achievements of its best and brightest students at the 14th annual Senior Class Awards of Academic Excellence Banquet last week.


The awards recognize student achievement in 19 different categories, including classroom performance, commitment to extracurricular activities, and dedication to community service.


Each high school valedictorian was honored for exceptional performance both inside and outside the classroom. The district also recognized students with exceptional performance in academic activities such as Model United Nations, Academic Decathlon and the Citywide Science Fair. Students with more than 100 hours of community service through the CPS Service Learning Program were among the students honored for their exceptional commitment to the Chicago community.


In addition to competing in city, state, national and international competitions, the honorees are also among the top one percent of students in the Chicago Public Schools. This year 457 students received 519 Senior Class Awards. 


The CPS Award of Academic Excellence is the highest award bestowed upon CPS high school students. Students were recognized in the following categories:


  • National Achievement Scholars
  • National Merit Scholars
  • Golden Apple
  • Valedictorian
  • ACT (perfect score(s) in one or more categories)
  • World Language
  • Math
  • Science
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Debate
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Global Classroom
  • Close-Up
  • Service-learning


Northside College Preparatory, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., and Walter Payton College Preparatory, 1034 N. Wells St, both had students attain perfect scores in all five areas of the ACT (English, math, reading, writing, and science).  Gerald, the valedictorian of Northside College Prep, received the highest honors with seven awards, including recognition as a National Merit Scholar.