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CPS Class of 2019 Earns Record-High $1.47 Billion in Scholarship Offers with More Students Earning College Credits Than Ever Before

Highest-Ever Percentage of Graduates Earned Early College and Career Credentials; Class of 2019 Sets Record by Earning $1.47 Billion in Scholarship Offers

9/11/2019, noon | Updated on 9/11/2019, noon

CPS Class of 2019 Earns Record-High $1.47 Billion in Scholarship Offers with More Students Earning College Credits Than Ever Before

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson today announced that the class of 2019 received the most college scholarship offers in district history —$1.47 billion based on preliminary data —and that a record 48.6 percent of graduates earned early college credentials while in high school. Both early college and career credentials and scholarships help make college and other postsecondary paths more attainable and affordable for students.

“Early college and career credentials are an increasingly critical part of a 21stcentury high school education, and with our graduation rates also reaching record levels, it is more important than ever before that students leave our high schools prepared for the next step in their academic careers,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “These results reflect the incredible commitment and dedication of teachers, principals, administrators and school staff, and underscore the impact our investments have made in the brightest and hardest-working students in the nation.”

“As a former high school principal, I know that preparing students for life after high school starts with exposing them to rigorous, college-level coursework and helping them examine the wide range of postsecondary options available to them,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “By expanding access to AP and IB classes, and ensuring students have the help they need to apply for colleges and scholarships, a record number of our students are graduating and heading into college prepared for success.”

More Students than Ever Before Graduating with Early College and Career Credentials:

A total of 11,237 students in the class of 2019 earned early college and career credentials (ECCC) this year, which represents a more than 400-student and a two-percentage point increase over last year when 46.6 percent of graduates earned credentials. Attainment rates increased for African American, Latinx, white and Asian students, and all of the district’s high school networks saw increases by as much as 6.8 percentage points, which highlights the accessibility of early college programs throughout every area in the city.

Students are able to earn early college and career credentials by achieving passing scores on Advanced Placement (3 or above) or International Baccalaureate tests (4 or above), or by earning an industry certification in Career and Technical Education, college credit in Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment courses, the State Seal of Biliteracy, or a program credential in JROTC.

CPS graduates earned credits through the following course options:

AP: 6,199 students earned AP credit, an increase of more than 500 students compared to last year.

IB: 1,277 students earned credit for IB exams. CPS has the largest network of IB schools in the nation.

CTE: 1,622 students, more students than ever before, earned an industry certification through CTE.

Dual Credit: 3,371 students earned college credit through a dual credit course.

Dual Enrollment: 1,651 students earned college credit through a dual enrollment course.

JROTC: 934 students earned a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps credential.