The patterns of stability and mobility

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In studying student transfers from spring 1993 to spring 1994, the Chicago Panel on School Policy and the Consortium on Chicago School Research identified nine patterns. Schools in category 1 retained a stable core of students while attracting new students. At the opposite end of the scale, schools in category 9 saw about a third of their students leave during the one-year period but failed to attract enough students to replace them; as a result, they suffered declining enrollment. Small schools, especially those with magnet programs, tended to be the most stable. Schools printed below in red had decreasing stability rates between 1991 and 1994; that is, their student population experienced increasing turnover. Schools printed in bold type had increasing stability.

Most stable

Category 1: Stable, high in-mobility. Addams, Beasley, Black, Black Br., Carroll, N. Davis, N. Greene, Hibbard, A. Jackson, Kanoon, Mayer, Murray, Oriole Park, W. Owen, Sabin, Saucedo, Turner-Drew, Twain, J. Ward.

Category 2: Stable core of students, moderate in-mobility. Albany Park, Alcott, Beaubien, Bell, Bennett, Bridge, Burnside, Burroughs, Byrne, Canty, Cassell, Clark Middle, Clay, Clissold, Crown, Dawes, Disney, District 3 Middle, Doolittle Intermediate-Upper, Dore, Earhart, Eberhart, Edison, Ericson, Evergreen, Fleming, Franklin, Fuller, Gallistel, Gallistel Br., J. Garvy, Gary, Gompers, Grissom, Gunsaulus, Hanson Park, Hawthorne, Healy, Hendricks, Hoyne, Inter-American, Irving, Jahn, Jensen, Keller, Kellogg, Kinzie, Kozminski, LaSalle, Lee, Lenart, Lincoln, Madero, Marsh, Marshall U., McDade, Mitchell, Morgan, Mt. Greenwood, Mt. Vernon, Murphy, Newberry, Nixon, Ogden, Orozco, O’Toole, Palmer, Parker, Pasteur, Peck, Peterson, Pickard, Pirie, Poe, Randolph, Rosenwald, Ruggles, Sayre, Schmid, M. Sheridan, Solomon, Stevenson, Stone, Sutherland, O.A. Thorpe, Tonti Br., Vanderpoel, Wacker, Walsh, G. Washington, Webster, Whistler, White, Whitney.

Category 3: Stable core of students, fewer students entering than leaving. Abbott.

Moderately stable

Category 4: Moderately high flow of students, entrants higher than exits. Avondale, Brighton Park, Budlong, Columbus, Cooper, Cullen, Grimes, Hamline, Hedges Br., Hedges, Lock, Lyon, Reavis, Ryder, Stowe, Warren.

Category 5: Moderate instability, exiting students replaced by entering students. Agassiz, Anderson, Anthony, Audubon, Avalon Park, Barnard, Barry, Barton, Bass, Beethoven, Blaine, Brentano, Bunche, Burbank, Burley, Burns, Burr, Caldwell, Carnegie, Carpenter, Carson, Casals, Cather, Chappell, Chopin, G.R. Clark, Cleveland, Clinton, Coles, Colman, Corkery, Cuffe, Curtis, Darwin, DePriest, Decatur, Delano, Deneen, Dett, Dever, Diego, Dirksen, Dixon, Dodge, Donoghue, Doolittle Primary, Stephen Douglas, Frederick Douglass, Drummond, Dulles, Dunne, Dyett, Ebinger, Edgebrook, Edwards, Einstein, Esmond, Everett, Evers, Falconer, Faraday, Farnsworth, Farren, Fernwood, Fiske, Fort Dearborn, Funston, Galileo, M. Garvey, Gershwin, Gillespie, Gladstone, Goethe, Goldblatt, Goodlow, Graham, Gray, Greeley, W. Green, Gregory, Gresham, Haines, Hale, Harte, Hartigan, Hefferan, Henderson, Henson, Herbert, Herzl, Higgins, Hitch, Holden, Hope, Howland, L. Hughes, Hurley, M. Jackson, Jamieson, Jefferson, Jenner, Joplin, Jungman, Kershaw, Kipling, Kohn, Lawndale, Lewis Br., Linne, Lloyd, Lovett, Lowell, Luella, Madison, Manierre, Mason, May, Mayo, McClellan, McCormick, McCosh, McKay, McPherson, Medill Intermediate-Upper, Metcalfe, Monroe, Moos, Morrill, Mozart, Nash, Nightingale, Niños Heroes, Nobel, Norwood Park, O’Keefe, Onahan, Otis, J. Owens, Parkside, Peabody, Peirce, Penn, Perez, Piccolo Elem., Piccolo Middle, Pilsen, Plamondon, Portage Park, Prescott, Pritzker, Prussing, Pulaski, Pullman, Raster, Ray, Raymond, Reilly, Reinberg, Revere, Riis, Robinson, Rogers, Ross, Ryerson, Sauganash, Sawyer, Scammon, Schiller, Schubert, Seward, P. Sheridan, Shields, Shoesmith, Shoop, Skinner, Smith, Smyser, South Loop, Spalding, Spencer, Spry, Stagg, Suder, Sumner, J.N. Thorpe, Tilton, Tonti, Trumbull, Truth, Volta, Von Humboldt, H. Washington, Wentworth, Wildwood, Wirth, Young.

Category 6: Moderate instability, more students leaving than entering. Aldridge, Andersen, Arai, Attucks, Bright, Calhoun, Carver Middle, Carver Primary, Chalmers, Coonley, Drake, Dubois, Dvorak, Grant, Haugan, Hay, Hearst, Howe, King, Lathrop, Mann, Medill Primary, Melody, Ruiz, Schneider, Smyth, Williams, Woodson North.

Least stable

Category 7: Highly unstable, high in-mobility. G. Armstrong, De La Cruz, Hancock, Libby, Mays, Reed, Roque De Duprey, Salazar, Stewart.

Category 8: High instability, constant exit and entrance of students. Altgeld, Armour, Bateman, Bontemps, Bradwell, Brenan, Brenneman, Brownell, Burke, Byford, Cameron, Cardenas, Carter, Chase, Cook, Daley, Daley Br., M. Davis, Dewey, Earle, Ellington, Emmet, Fermi, Field, Foster Park, Frazier, Goudy, Hammond, Harvard, Hayt, Henry, Hinton, Holmes, C. Hughes, Johnson, Key, Kilmer, Lafayette, Lemoyne, Lewis, Marconi, Marquette, Marti, McAuliffe, McCutcheon, McNair, Mollison, Nettlehorst, Oglesby, Park Manor, Pope, Powell, Price, Ravenswood, Arthur Ashe (formerly Sbarbaro), Scanlan, Sexton, Sullivan Elem., Swift, Tanner, Taylor, Van Vlissingen, Wadsworth, L. Ward, Waters, West Pullman, Wescott, Whittier, Woodson South, Wright, Yale, Yates.

Category 9: Highly unstable, high exit of students. L. Armstrong, Banneker, Beale, Beidler, Bethune, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Burnham, Byrd, Copernicus, Dumas, Ellington Br., Fulton, Gale, Guggenheim, Hamilton, Lozano (formerly Kosciuszko), Leland, McCorkle, McDowell, Mitchell Br., Morse, Morton, Nansen, Neil, Overton, Paderewski, Parkman, Shedd, Sherman, Sherwood, Stockton, Sullivan, P., Talcott, Terrell.