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Senn High Among 32 CPS Schools Receiving $32 Million In Largest-Ever Program Extension

Capitalizing on record-breaking academic progress achievements in Chicago since education funding reform took effect in 2017, the city has announced that it will be giving $32 million in funding to 32 CPS schools for new high-quality programs including International Baccalaureate (IB), STEM and Dual Language. Edgewater’s Senn High School will be among the recipients.

The schools that will be receiving the funding participated in a first of its kind application process. The program will include 17,000 students, many being from low income households who will gain access to high-quality programming next school year. The money will be distributed to the the schools over the next six years and is intended to support staffing, training, learning resources, and other elements needed to ensure programs are successfully implemented.

Senn High School will participate in the program by expanding their International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Currently, CPS’ 62 schools make up the largest IB network in North America. Seven of the 32 schools will be using the funds to establish the new IB programs that will effect 1,900 students.

“Applying for the funds was definitely a huge process,” said Senn High school Principal Mary Beck. “For the past two years we have convened a team of teachers as a part of an equity initiative through IB to make sure that we are offering the rigorous courses to all our students in a way that represents our student population. We have strived for years to create ways to ensure that everyone has access to IB programs.”

According to Beck, the funds will allow them to expand their IB program with what is called the IB CP (Career Program). Students in the CP program take three IB classes as opposed to the full seven class IB Diploma Program. Senn saw the CP Program as a great opportunity to bring that equity to more students who may have not been ready for the full IB diploma by allowing other pathways during their high school education.

The IB CP program will allow those students to have more focus when they apply for schools. It will also allow for more college credits as they seek out future educational opportunities.

“We are committed to challenging every student at the highest level before they leave Senn High School,” Beck added. “This really solidifies the IB experience for twice as many, if not three times as many students here at Senn.”

Funding for the IB program expansion at Senn is expected to become available for the upcoming school year. The following 32 schools will receive programmatic investments:

  • Addams Elementary School (Personalized Learning)
  • Belmont-Cragin Elementary School (Magnet – Fine & Performing Arts)
  • Cameron Elementary School (Magnet Cluster – Fine & Performing Arts)
  • Chase Elementary School (STEAM)
  • Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville (Early College STEM)
  • Michele Clark Magnet High School (IB – MYP)
  • Collins Academy High School (Magnet Cluster – Fine & Performing Arts)
  • Columbia Explorers Elementary School (STEM)
  • Cuffe Elementary School (STEM)
  • Earhart Elementary School (STEAM)
  • Eberhart Elementary School (Dual Language)
  • Everett Elementary School (STEM)
  • Evergreen Academy (STEAM)
  • Fairfield Elementary School (IB – MYP)
  • Faraday Elementary School (IB – PYP)
  • Goethe Elementary School (Dual Language)
  • Hawthorne Elementary School (Personalized Learning)
  • Joplin Elementary School (Magnet Cluster – World Language)
  • Josephine Locke Elementary School (IB – PYP)
  • McPherson Elementary School (Gifted & IB-PYP)
  • Moos Elementary School (IB – PYP)
  • Peck Elementary School (STEM)
  • Perez Elementary School (World Language Academy – Mandarin & Spanish)
  • Peterson Elementary School (STEAM)
  • Portage Park Elementary School (Magnet Cluster – Fine & Performing Arts)
  • Roosevelt High School (Dual Language)
  • Salazar Elementary School (Dual Language)
  • Senn High School (IB – CP)
  • Shoop Elementary School (STEM)
  • Steinmetz High School (STEAM)
  • Till Elementary School (Magnet Cluster – Fine & Performing Arts)
  • Wells High School (Magnet Cluster – Fine & Performing Arts)


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