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Analysis: What are CPS’ emptiest high schools?

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By LocalLabs News Service | Dec 6, 2016


A Chicago City Wire analysis of enrollments at 59 public high schools shows the essentially bankrupt Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district continues to operate dozens of facilities that are closer to empty than full.

Of the high schools analyzed, 42 (71 percent) were less than half full; 12 had enrollments that are less than 10 percent of what they once served.

Those 12 are Team Englewood, Harper, Fenger, Hirsch, Douglass, Robeson, Marshall, Manley, Bowen, Gage Park, Hope and Bronzeville.

Team Englewood has just 161 students, according to CPS’ 2016-17 “Ten Day” school census data published in September. The school’s attendance rate is 74 percent; 122 students show up for classes on any given day.

Its school building at 6201 S. Stewart in Englewood once housed more than 5,100 students.

Harper, 6520 S. Wood, has 172 students. It once had 4,400.

Fenger, 11220 S. Wallace, has 223. It once had 5,300.

Hirsch, 7740 S. Ingleside, has 147. It once had 3,280.

CPS high school capacity data was compiled from media reports published at the time of school openings or expansions.

The district has steadily built more and more high schools as district enrollment has collapsed.

In 1966, CPS enrollment was 607,550 and growing. The district had 53 high schools.

In the 2016-17 school year, it will be 60 percent lower-- just 381,449-- and falling. Yet CPS will operate 95 high schools this year, according to its web site.

CPS Emptiest High Schools

High School  Students '16-'17 High Enrollment % of High
Team Englewood

1615,1143.15%
Harper1724,4003.91%
Fenger2245,3004.23%
Hirsch1473,2804.48%
Douglass1693,2875.14%
Robeson 1482,3006.43%
Marshall3695,0727.28%
Manley 1782,4007.42%
Bowen3243,7208.71%

Gage Park3383,717

9.09%
Hope1391,500 9.27%

Bronzeville 3774,034

9.35% 
Tilden 267 2,329 11.46% 
Crane

633

5,367

11.79% 
Wells 387 3,147

12.30% 
Raby 416

3,275

12.70%

Harlan 479

3,500 13.69% 
Phillips 560 3,602 15.55%

Hyde Park

749 4,556

16.44% 
Corliss 361 1,800 20.06% 
CVS

922 4,334

21.27% 
Lindblom1,293

5,76022.45%

Dunbar

563 2,506 22.47% 
Kelvyn Park

532

2,344 22.70% 
Orr

396

1,600

24.75% 
Clemente 744

3,000

24.80% 
Farragut

8122,952

27.51%
Lake View 1,304

4,620 28.23% 
Sullivan 608 2,139 28.42%

Roosevelt 1,196 4,118 29.04% 
Senn 1,417 4,612 30.72%

Richards 249

800

31.13% 
Schurz 1,811

5,661 31.99% 
Steinmetz

1,376 4,193 32.82%

Bogan 802 2,375 33.77% 
King 642

1,800

35.67%

South Shore 592 1,550

38.19% 
Clark

548 1,300 42.15% 
Kennedy

1,657 3,740 44.30%

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