Opportunity Schools: Make a Difference Where You're Needed Most

The Opportunity Schools are a cohort of 50 schools that are poised to make dramatic improvements in the coming years. CPS partners with Opportunity Schools to provide intensive teacher recruitment, retention and teacher leadership supports.

If you are a teacher who is interested in being part of this exciting initiative, please email your resume and cover to the CPS Talent Office at opportunityschools@cps.edu. Following an interview process, CPS will provide highly intensive and individualized support to help find the perfect school for you.

Designed for Your Success

CPS is committed to supporting teachers who are working in Opportunity Schools.

Academic Progress

Support in finding a position in Opportunity Schools

We provide a highly personalized recruiting experience. By taking the time to understand your professional goals and geographical preferences, we are able to help you find a position in a school that meets your needs and interests.

Financial Stability

Personal coaching and professional development

We support our teachers year round. We provide summer training that will prepare you for a successful start of school, pair you with an onsite veteran mentor teacher who will support you with your day-to-day responsibilities, and assign you to a district-level coach who will provide you with intensive professional development. Additionally, we will invite you to join a professional learning community (PLC) designed exclusively for Opportunity School teachers.

CPS' Integrity

Leadership development opportunities

We provide incentivized leadership opportunities to our Opportunity School teachers. For teachers who excel in their role, we are implementing the Opportunity Culture Model in partnership with seven Opportunity Schools during 2018-19. This model trains teacher coaches and provides them with release time and stipends so that they can provide even more support to our new teachers.

What Teachers Say About Working in Opportunity Schools

Working in an Opportunity School has been an unbelievably positive experience for me. The support systems in my school that were already in place have helped me transition from student teaching to having my own classroom. Working closely with the Talent office helped me ensure that I was hired by a school that fit my educational strengths.
- James J., Sayre Elementary

I love my school. So thankful to CPS for helping me find such an amazing school and principal!
- Alicia E., Plamondon Elementary

For all of the struggles I have faced as a new teacher in an Opportunity School, I have had twice as many triumphs. If 'education is the cornerstone to liberty,' then all students need great teachers. That is why I choose to teach in the Opportunity Schools
- Sawyer W., Carson Elementary

I love my school. My experience has been great. Working with the Talent Office was amazing and I was so glad that I was able to choose a school that I felt would make the most difference. My principal and assistant principal are great and sincerely care about me and my needs. CPS has amazing supports, and I feel like my students are thriving in my classroom!
- Justin T., Hamline Elementary

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2017-18 Opportunity Schools

Community School
AUBURN GRESHAM Richard J Oglesby Elementary School
William H Ryder Math & Science Specialty ES
Mahalia Jackson Elementary School
Harriet E Sayre Elementary Language Academy
AUSTIN Austin College and Career Academy High School
Avalon Park Elementary School
AVALON PARK Avalon Park Elementary School
BRIGHTON PARK Frank W Gunsaulus Elementary Scholastic Academy
CALUMET HEIGHTS Mary E McDowell Elementary School
DOUGLAS James R Doolittle Jr Elementary School
EAST GARFIELD PARK Manley Career Academy High School
John Marshall Metropolitan High School
Al Raby High School
ENGLEWOOD Lillian R. Nicholson STEM Academy
Dr. Martin L. King Jr Academy of Social Justice
GAGE PARK Rachel Carson Elementary School
GARFIELD RIDGE Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School
GRAND BOULEVARD Ludwig Van Beethoven Elementary School
GREATER GRAND CROSSING Emil G Hirsch Metropolitan High School
HERMOSA Sharon Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
LOGAN SQUARE Charles R Darwin Elementary School
LOWER WEST SIDE Pilsen Elementary Community Academy
NEW CITY Ellen H Richards Career Academy High School
John H Hamline Elementary School
NORTH LAWNDALE Charles Evans Hughes Elementary School
Lawndale Elementary Community Academy
Ambrose Plamondon Elementary School
PULLMAN George M Pullman Elementary School
Theophilus Schmid Elementary School
RIVERDALE Ira F Aldridge Elementary School
ROGERS PARK Eugene Field Elementary School
ROSELAND Christian Fenger Academy High School
SOUTH CHICAGO Bowen High School
SOUTH DEERING Orville T Bright Elementary School
SOUTH SHORE South Shore Fine Arts Academy
UPTOWN Joseph Brennemann Elementary School
Uplift Community High School
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS Fernwood Elementary School
WASHINGTON PARK Edmond Burke Elementary School
WEST ENGLEWOOD Anna R. Langford Community Academy
Asa Philip Randolph Elementary School
Daniel S Wentworth Elementary School
Sir Miles Davis Magnet Elementary Academy
WEST GARFIELD PARK George W Tilton Elementary School
WEST PULLMAN Jesse Owens Elementary Community Academy
WEST TOWN Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy
WOODLAWN Emmett Louis Till Math and Science Academy
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Learn More

Email the Educator Equity team at opportunityschools@cps.edu


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Page Last Modified on Monday, March 19, 2018