South Chicago report card

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Holding on

Since the steel industry vanished from South Chicago in the 1990s, the blue-collar community has struggled to create jobs and affordable housing. More than one of every three children in the community lives below the poverty line, and 85 percent of students attend public schools.

Neighborhood snapshot
South Chicago

Chicago

Students in private school
12%

18%

Population 25 and over w/ high school diploma
66%

72%

Median household income
$28,600

$38,600

Children below poverty level
39%

29%

Unemployment rate
18%

10%

Residents living in own homes
45%

48%

Average sale price (single family residence)
$139,243

$329,908

Median rent (per month)
$512

$616

Source: Census 2000; Average sale price from Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois, June 2005 to June 2006.

School performance mixed

Poverty rates at each South Chicago school are above the district’s average of 85 percent. Yet 8th-graders posted good to average reading scores, although math scores are low; 3rd-graders posted better scores in math than in reading. As for high schools, Bowen’s small schools are outperforming its general program, which graduates its last class of seniors in June.

Student population
Enrollment

Poverty

Bilingual

Mobility

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Coles
781

94%

1%

29%

Mann
845

87%

0%

25%

Mireles
1,233

97%

20%

34%

Ninos Heroes
791

91%

8%

26%

South Chicago Community
185

98%

2%

51%

Sullivan
781

97%

11%

36%

JN Thorp
629

99%

9%

41%

HIGH SCHOOLS
B.E.S.T.
331

99%

1%

37%

Bowen High
77

96%

8%

42%

Chicago Discovery
382

93%

9%

13%

Global Visions
306

93%

1%

44%

Las Casas
93

87%

.

.

New Millennium
254

93%

4%

36%

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Student ethnicity
White

Black

Hispanic

Other

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Coles
0%

96%

2%

2%

Mann
0%

100%

0%

0%

Mireles
0%

53%

44%

3%

Ninos Heroes
0%

78%

22%

0%

South Chicago Community
1%

89%

10%

0%

Sullivan
1%

65%

32%

2%

JN Thorp
0%

81%

18%

1%

HIGH SCHOOLS
B.E.S.T.
0%

83%

15%

2%

Bowen High
0%

80%

20%

0%

Chicago Discovery
0%

44%

55%

1%

Global Visions
0%

88%

11%

1%

Las Casas
3%

88%

7%

2%

New Millennium
0%

91%

7%

2%

_
Elementary performance
ISAT
math-3

ISAT
math-8

ISAT
read-3

ISAT
read-8

Coles
34%

19%

27%

63%

Mann
44%

12%

32%

53%

Mireles
32%

12%

19%

44%

Ninos Heroes
61%

23%

32%

60%

South Chicago Community
28%

0%

22%

38%

Sullivan
43%

14%

18%

41%

JN Thorp

32%

11%

32%

36%

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High school performance*
Graduation

Dropout

PSAE math

PSAE reading

B.E.S.T.
NA

3%

5%

34%

Bowen High
48%

37%

2%

13%

Chicago Discovery
NA

3%

19%

27%

Global Visions
NA

21%

NA

NA

*Note: PSAE scores are not available for Global Visions Academy because this is the first year the school has had 11th-graders. New Millennium School of Health is not included because it opened in 2004-05 and no data is yet available. Las Casas Occupational High School is not included because it is a special education school.
Source: CPS, Consortium on Chicago School Research