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List: 129 Chicago Public Schools under consideration for closure

This list of 129 Chicago Public Schools will not all be recommended for closure but only considered.

“This is only a preliminary list and more schools are expected to be removed over the next several weeks as CPS continues to gather feedback from communities,” CPS said in a news release.

Austin-North Lawndale – 16 schools

Louis Armstrong Math & Science Elementary School

Thomas Chalmers Specialty Elementary School

Crown Community Academy of Fine Arts Center ES

Oscar DePriest Elementary School

Robert Emmet Elementary School

Matthew A Henson Elementary School

Theodore Herzl Elementary School

Charles Evans Hughes Elementary School

Francis Scott Key Elementary School

Lawndale Elementary Community Academy

Leslie Lewis Elementary School


Horatio May Elementary Community Academy

Ronald E McNair Elementary School

William Penn Elementary School

Nathaniel Pope Elementary School

Burnham Park – 24 schools

Crispus Attucks Elementary School

Edmond Burke Elementary School

Miriam G Canter Middle School

William W Carter Elementary School

John B Drake Elementary School

Dumas Technology Academy

Enrico Fermi Elementary School

John Fiske Elementary School

Melville W Fuller Elementary School

Charles Kozminski Elementary Community Academy

William J & Charles H Mayo Elementary School

Irvin C Mollison Elementary School

Anthony Overton Elementary School

Pershing West Middle School

William C Reavis Math & Science Specialty ES

Jackie Robinson Elementary School

Betsy Ross Elementary School

Austin O Sexton Elementary School

Emmett Louis Till Math and Science Academy

James Wadsworth Elementary School

Ida B Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy

Williams Preparatory Academy Middle School

Williams Multiplex Elementary School

Carter G Woodson South Elementary School

Englewood-Gresham – 19 schools

John P Altgeld Elementary School

Benjamin Banneker Elementary School

Arna Wendell Bontemps Elementary School

John W Cook Elementary School

Sir Miles Davis Magnet Elementary Academy

Charles W Earle Elementary School

Elaine O Goodlow Elementary Magnet School

Walter Q Gresham Elementary School

Charles R Henderson Elementary School

William A Hinton Elementary School

Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School

Mahalia Jackson Elementary School

Anna R. Langford Community Academy

Benjamin E Mays Elementary AcademyCPS

Garrett A Morgan Elementary School

Luke O’Toole Elementary School

William H Ryder Math & Science Specialty ES

Amos Alonzo Stagg Elementary School

Granville T Woods Math & Science Academy ES

Fullerton – 3 schools

Lorenz Brentano Math & Science Academy ES

Edward Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts

George Manierre Elementary School

Fulton – 12 schools

William H Brown Elementary School

Robert Nathaniel Dett Elementary School

Ana Roque de Duprey Elementary School

Victor Herbert Elementary School

William H King Elementary School

Jean D Lafayette Elementary School

Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual & International Ctr ES

Moses Montefiore Special Elementary School

Near North Elementary School

Elizabeth Peabody Elementary School

John M Smyth Elementary School

Alexander von Humboldt Elementary School

Garfield-Humboldt – 14 schools

Jacob Beidler Elementary School

Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School

John Calhoun North Elementary School

Edward C Delano Elementary School

Leif Ericson Elementary Scholastic Academy

Garfield Park Preparatory Academy ES

Nathan R Goldblatt Elementary School

Guglielmo Marconi Elementary Community Academy

Genevieve Melody Elementary School

Brian Piccolo Elementary Specialty School

Martin A Ryerson Elementary School

George W Tilton Elementary School

Laura S Ward Elementary School

Daniel Webster Elementary School

Lake Calumet – 10 schools

Ira F Aldridge Elementary School

George Washington Carver Primary School

Samuel Gompers Fine Arts Options ES

Robert H Lawrence Elementary School

Ralph H Metcalfe Elementary Community Academy

Jesse Owens Elementary Community Academy

George M Pullman Elementary School

Songhai Elementary Learning Institute

West Pullman Elementary School

John Whistler Elementary School

Midway – 1 school

Claremont Academy Elementary School

Pershing – 7 schools

Dewey Elementary Academy of Fine Arts

Alexander Graham Elementary School

Thomas A Hendricks Elementary Community Academy

Arthur A Libby Elementary School

George B McClellan Elementary School

Francis Parkman Elementary School

William T Sherman Elementary School

Pilsen-Little Village – 3 schools

Joseph Jungman Elementary School

Ignance Paderewski Elementary Learning Academy

Pilsen Elementary Community Academy

Ravenswood-Ridge – 4 schools

Joseph Brennemann Elementary School

Graeme Stewart Elementary School

Joseph Stockton Elementary School

Lyman Trumbull Elementary School

Rock Island – 6 schools

Fernwood Elementary School

Marcus Moziah Garvey Elementary School

Wendell E Green Elementary School

Langston Hughes Elementary Schoo

Alfred David Kohn Elementary School

John D Shoop Math-Science Technical Academy ES

Skyway – 10 schools

Arthur R Ashe Elementary School

Kate S Buckingham Special Education Center

James Madison Elementary School

William K New Sullivan Elementary School

Isabelle C O’Keeffe Elementary School

Parkside Elementary Community Academy

Adam Clayton Powell Paideia Community Academy ES

Paul Revere Elementary School

Joseph Warren Elementary School

Elihu Yale Elementary School


65 Comments to “List: 129 Chicago Public Schools under consideration for closure”

    guest said:
    February 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Close some white schools instead!!!

      Lloyd Christmas said:
      February 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      You're an ignorant bigot. Go listen to Jesse Jackson preach you worthless scumbag.

        Joe said:
        March 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        White schools do too well and their students are too smart to be closed. Hit the books instead of the crack and guns, guest.

        Anon said:
        April 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        First of all, just because most of these students are in minority neighborhoods, doesn't mean that they only serve minorities. Second, calling each other names without support for your arguments makes you just as naive as the person that you are name-calling. Third, I think that students can't be "too" smart and also shouldn't be assumed to be drug lords or killers.
        My personal opinion is that the lowest income neighborhoods are the most in need of good schools and the fact that these are all closing will mean that there will be an even higher rate of crime in these areas they are serving.
        So shut the eff up and either do something with your lives besides slamming each other and not giving anyone a benefit of the doubt. Teachers need to both rally against people IF it is in FAVOR of the students and not just because they want more pay to afford their 3rd car or something. A good teacher would be able to teach their students well even if they didn't even have a school building to congregate in. A bad teacher, even if given all the resources in the world, would not be able to effectively teach their students anything.
        These schools just need better teachers. If they had that, there would be more available basic resources to come.

    Anthony said:
    February 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Really, 129?
    And the people at the Board claim you are a BILLION dollars short?
    And the politicians who select the people at the Board give the TIF (our tax money that was
    slated for the Chicago Public schools) money to your rich friends.
    You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.
    Truly ashamed.

      mary martin said:
      February 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      I thought when they enacted legalized gambling in the way of lottery, the argument was that the money would go towards education. So where is that money, or should I say whose pocket is it in.

        Paul said:
        February 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        Going to union pockets through their CBAs. Going into Link Cards. Funding senseless free meals in our school systems which shouldn't be. Aiding illegal immigrants with their hospital bills. Funding loads of freebies in this state to satisfy all the freeloaders!

    JJP said:
    February 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    There aren't any…

    kid1339 said:
    February 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Close all schools ,what kids learn in school is a lot of crap . Unless they they want to learn. That would get lot of the dumb assez out.

      guest said:
      February 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      fuck u

        kid1339 said:
        February 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        Not you maybe your mom .

    Angela said:
    February 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I see four schools from my area on the list for closing.SO the remaining school will get the 800 plus students? Real smart going from no students to pack em' in. That way they can really learn. This is the first and last term for Rham.

      Liam said:
      February 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Quit complaining, its free education for God's sake! Put you kids in a private school. If you cant afford to, then shut up and be a good citizen. If you are one and not some freeloader undocumented illegal! That's what you get for supporting the teacher's union and their fat CBA.

      Mary Martin said:
      February 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      2003 was when the school super. made the decision to open 10 magnet schools a year, and consequently closing all the large buildings and larger schools. This is not new, but a continuation of the old School administrator who Obama appointed as the national school head.

    Traci H. said:
    February 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    So where will these thousands of children go? What about the teachers? Sheez!!!!!!

      John said:
      February 13, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      The teachers will be fired because the city can no longer afford the new CBA by the teacher's union. Karen Lewis must be so proud!!

        Lloyd Christmas said:
        February 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        I'm still puzzled why these teachers were backing Karen Lewis. She led them into a brick wall.

        Paul said:
        February 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        Absolutely. Manipulated them for her own personal benefit. Ever wonder how much money Lewis is making? Not to mention her FAT retirement pay waiting.

      Guest said:
      February 14, 2013 at 6:09 AM

      The kids will go to different schools and the greedy teachers will probably sit around and collect checks. There are quite a few elementary school teachers making over $100,000/year PLUS benefits making the actual compensation closer to $140,000/yr.
      The teachers union DEMANDED a 30% raise and settled for a 16% raise in a scholl district with a $1 billion deficit…they don't care about anyone but themselves

        John said:
        February 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Absolutely right! Good to hear someone is seeing this point of view. Yes, unions are huge burden to this city and the taxpayers.The only ones giving this a thumbs down are union members, their families, and benefactors.
        In the midst of this economic crisis, they only want to save themselves by hostaging the children they teach through walkouts and their FAT CBAs. Abolish unions in our government sector, especially the police, teachers, and city hall employees. Its so damn crazy that an extra hour of police or teacher work merits overtime pay. What an abusive capitalist mentality we have here!?!

    mike said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM


    Mary Martin said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Interesting that Graham is slotted to be closed which is a good school and has sent it students on to good High Schools bc of their orchestra program. And Tilden which is a school from your nightmares and in the area is not on the list. Get rid of Tilden, and the concentrated perpetual apathetic attitude of the leaders in that school will be gone also.

      cpsstudent said:
      February 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      i agree with your first statement but i do not think we should wish upon the closure of any school we should all be in this fight together because it's the solidarity of all of us that we need to win this fight because we'll need tildent students to come out and stand with us as well

    Dorothy Rosenthal said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I dont think its a coindence that Edward Delano is closing, not when you consider they are building a rehab facility across the street. The current zoining laws are set so that no such facility could be near a school or children's recreation areas. However, if they close the school that paves the way for those close to the mayor and others who will benefit from such a closure to open the rehab facility and start the process of destroying a neighborhood and making money for their friends and political supporters. I am disappointed that the mayor is allowing this to happen, and I can assure him, come time for his relection I will work tirelessly for the candidate who understands and supports my needs, a postion in which it is clear, the current mayor does not.

    PanAm said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    You idiots voted him in.

    JACK said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM


      Lisa said:
      February 14, 2013 at 5:27 AM

      That's because they have hearings planned for different areas so no to overcrowd the.

        cps student said:
        February 14, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Because pple arent completely educated about the real issue that is here this is a civil rights issue and the more that it is framed as so the more support that will be shown

    Todd Pardee said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Remember when your politicians gave the teachers unions huge raises? Now is the time to pay! Either big taxes or fewer schools. Where did you think the money was going to come from for the raises? Don’t blame Rahm, blame Karen.

      Where's the money said:
      February 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      I am still trying to find the HUGE raise. Our checks are lower not higher.

        cps teacher said:
        February 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        me too– people are insane- i used to work for a large marketing company and didn't work half as hard as i do now- i wonder what todd's job is
        i am actually for closing the schools but am so sick of people bashing the teachers. i hate it when teachers complain and say "i'd like to see you do it" but really, i would

        Todd Pardee said:
        February 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        Didn’t blast the teachers, just the Union Pres that led you all into a brick wall! Where did you think the money was going to come from when CPS already was living well beyond their means. It is clearly a raise taxes or close schools result. I may bash you now as a poor reader because I never mentioned teacher or their skills, just the union that was willing to set some teachers to be fired, so that the others can get +16%.

        Todd Pardee said:
        February 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        Better talk to Karen about that. She went on record, including the national media, as saying she got lots of money for her teachers. Are you calling her a liar?

      Valerie F. Leonard said:
      February 14, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      You should look at the financials for CPS. Even with the new contract, CPS has 1,000 more teachers on the payroll than they did in the previous school year, and the 2012 salary expenses were actually lower than they were in 2011, according to the December 2012 Official Statement.

      Mary said:
      February 14, 2013 at 5:26 AM

      U r an idiot for saying that. Get your facts straight. Now u want to blame the victims.

        Todd Pardee said:
        February 14, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Victims of your own Union based GREED. You say you want your piece of the action? Well the action lately has been lay offs, cut backs, do more with less…..take your piece of that!

      Friend to CPS said:
      February 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Todd, you obviously don't have your facts straight. It wasn't Karen who gave TIF funds to her friends who are already multi-millionaires. That money was supposed to go to Chicago Public Schools, but, instead it went everywhere but. Rham is not concerned about minority school children. The whole plan is to eliminate public schools, period. Ask yourself where the money is coming from to open several more charter schools. CPS schools are allowed to fall apart, teachers are asked to put in their regular hours and 15 additional hours per week or more at home. Some schools were promised bus service, so students from all neighborhoods could take advantage of programs not offered at their schools. But, CPS broke another promise and only provided bus service to similar north side schools. There were 5 new schools built in Chicago 4-5 years ago. 3 on the north side and 2 on the south side. All 3 on the north side were given bus service immediately. Neither on the south side were provided with the service. Now both of the south side schools are on the closure list as underutilized. I wonder WHY!!

    missterious 1 said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I feel like my children school needs to be shut down because there is a lot of crazy crap going on there such as children smoking weed and come to school high as ever children fights the authority at this school its a hot mess here but I dont want them to go to other schools around because I know for sure that my children will be picked on and im a single mom meaning i cant take them back and forth due to health problems so its a lose lose situation.

    L DIXON said:
    February 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM


      Support the schools said:
      February 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      I agree. I wish it was mandatory that parents had to volunteer at least one day a month. What a difference it would make in academics and behavior.

      Educator said:
      February 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Making a difference is one thing…displacing, mis-educating and underfunding students and schools is another. The public is clearly not aware of the back room discussions and plans that have been had regarding public school education. When did the system become broken? Why weren't we told? Why wasn't it fixed? Here's a good idea! Close the schools…then let us open our own schools in the facilities that will be abandoned…let's call them Charters since that's what they like. There are enough displaced administrators and teachers that this may just work!

    HFS staff member said:
    February 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Disappointed parents in the Lawndale/Garfield/Austin area: Consider private school if able. Holy Family School is a great school for $200-300/mo. for 10 months/year. Every student is given a $5000-6000 scholarship, first come first served. The mission is to offer a rigorous option in a neighborhood that has few high performing schools. Holy Family has a calm and structured school culture and test scores above the national average. It is not Catholic but is faith based, and now in its 28th year.

    cps teacher said:
    February 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    i love how everything is such a conspiracy- how about this…if you're a school that is over 50% empty and is on probation- consolidate. Why is everyone acting like consolidation is soooooooooo crazy and such a conspiracy?? I am white and my high school was consolidated- my dad's high school was consolidated in the 60's- it's nothing new- but now if they try to consolidate it is a conspiracy for Rahm to get a rehab facility…? come on. and why do these parents and kids want their children to go to these schools that are total crap? "PLEASE don't close our school! we have 35% meeting ISAT scores" i dont get it

      CPS STUDENT said:
      February 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      of all replacement schools 1/3 of charters are doing worse, 1/3 are at the EXACT SAME LEVEL and 1/3 are better so 2/3 of charter are worse or just as good as CPS if youre willing to risk your child to be of the 66 percent of worse or the same than you do that by i myself will never go to a REPLACEMENT SCHOOL

      Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/02/13/list-129-chicago-publ

    Taisha said:
    February 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    My heart goes out to the many staff members who have work tirelessly to educate their students. Its unfortunate that education is being treated like a business. When will CPS learn that kids learn best in small class sizes. To those schools that were spared, get your mind right for 35 to 40 kids in one classroom. WOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Whats really sad is CPS is supporting charter schools as if they are out performing CPS students. Those charter schools that are out performing CPS students average 25 students and some of those classrooms have a teacher and an assistant.

    bernice said:
    February 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Don't people see the real Rahm manuel, He dosen't care about us or our youth
    Last term for him, and the govenor.

    Valerie F. Leonard said:
    February 14, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Here is a link to the Lawndale Alliance's public comments. http://www.scribd.com/doc/125439746/Public-Commen

    Todd Pardee said:
    February 14, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Who you gonna replace Rahm with? I understand the Jackson’s aren’t available!

      Paul said:
      February 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Ugh…Blago, when he gets parole…

    AQUILA G said:
    February 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM


    Gregory said:
    February 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Here's the problem I have with all this: these people are very passionate about their neighborhood school closing, Why? Because they are scared that if their little gang banger have to go to a school in another gang's area he/she might get hurt. People, you all are in an uproar for the wrong reason; most of the schools that are up for closure are on probation. That means that your children are getting an inferior education, because of bad teachers and administrators. That's what you should be in an uproar about, not school closing. People, raise your kids; know who their friends are and where they are at all times. Make sure that your child in not involved in gang activity; if your child is not in a gang, then you should not have a problem with him/her attending school elsewhere.

    Tee Hart said:
    February 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    No sympathy here, people. If there are barely enough students to fill the buildings, why should we taxpayers (those of us who actually pay tatxes) be saddled with keeping 1/2 empty buildings open? It's just dumb. I'm just disappointed that high schools were taken off the list. Because there are a crap-load of those that are under performing and half empty too. Manley high school regularly has a less than 30% graduation rate. There's no good reason for such a school to continue existing. As Gregory pointed out, these parent's primary concern is that their children would have to travel through rival gang turf to get to school…as opposed to the neighborhood gang's turf where they currently reside and attend an under performing school. In other words: "I'm ok with my child passing by local neighborhood gang bangers, because we they know them, live amongst and grew up with them". Never mind that my child is getting an inferior education.Just dumb!

    Latese said:
    February 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    So if they are closing schools, where are the children supposed to go? How will they get there?? How do you send an 8 year old to a school 10 miles from his home while his mom is a single parent and has to work? This really sucks. Now teachers were complaining of over crowding classes, so what now? And now the drop out rate will increase and start at an earlier age. These schools have been up for years and now why all of a sudden they need to close. I'm not really understanding this!

    Earle said:
    March 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    A turnaround school that have been so called turned around for th pass ten years needs to be closed…if the principal can't seen to get these kids on track …CLOSE It..!! Stop giving these schools years to screw up these kids ..CLOSE IT and start over get rid of everybody and start over……

    Angela said:
    March 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    What is wrong with our teaching system today? I remember back in the day kids were being doubled in grade because the teachers took the time to really teach our children and you would know when you ask your child what have you learned today and they could tell you, but when a child says nothing or say something" like oh we had gym or ate lunch" theres something wrong with picture.

    CEE CEE said:
    March 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM


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