Your receiving school may not be your new neighborhood boundary school

For every school designated for closure, CPS has identified one or more receiving schools that will welcome students currently enrolled at the closing school. However, what happens to future students and children not currently enrolled who would have otherwise attended the school that might close?

From CPS’s Transition Plan for Morgan:

As a result of this action, all returning Morgan students will be welcomed at Ryder, located at 8716 S. Wallace St.

It would be easy to assume that a receiving school is automatically the new neighborhood school. If my address is currently within Morgan’s attendance boundary, I see that Ryder is the receiving school for Morgan. Will my 2 year old or my future children attend Ryder?

Maybe, but maybe not.

When is a Receiving/Welcoming school not your neighborhood school?

Proposed Ryder Attendance Boundary

Proposed Ryder Attendance Boundary

On our SchoolCuts page for Morgan you can see the proposed boundary for Ryder. To the North the boundary ends at 83rd St. If you look at the current Morgan boundary you see that it extends farther north to 80th St and also goes several blocks west of Halsted.

Current Morgan Attendance Boundary

Current Morgan Attendance Boundary

These areas north of 83rd St will NOW fall into either Wescott or Gresham’s attendance boundaries. For people living in these areas their new neighborhood school will be Wescott or Gresham.

In these cases where the receiving schools’ new attendance boundary does not overlap entirely with the closing school’s current attendance boundary, what happens for future students and children not currently enrolled at the closing school?

Again from CPS’s Transition Plan for Morgan:

The geographic boundary currently associated with Morgan will be reassigned to Ryder, Gresham, located at 8524 S. Green St., and Oliver S Westcott (Westcott), located at 409 W. 80th St. This means that Ryder, Gresham or Westcott,  depending on the student’s home address, will be the new neighborhood school for students living in the Morgan  boundary who are not currently enrolled at Morgan.

For someone living at 8110 S Green St the current neighborhood school is Morgan BUT the future neighborhood school is Gresham. So a 2nd grade student living on this block will be welcomed at Ryder next year but his or her 1 year old sibling or neighbor would attend Gresham in the future based upon these neighborhood attendance boundaries.

What should you know?

It is important to remember that the designation of “receiving” appears to be only applicable for currently enrolled students. Look at section “II. Summary of Action” of the CPS Transition Plan for your school to see which if any additional schools will become new neighborhood schools in that attendance area.

Here at SchoolCuts, we are working to identify these situations and to make it easier to determine your future neighborhood schools.

The following is a list of schools we’ve identified so far. This is an incomplete list:

Live blogging–which school pages people are looking at

News about each school that is being axed is leaking out through aldermen, teachers, school administrators, etc.

Until 5 pm, about when the final list will probably be released, we’re going to post the schools that people are looking most on the schoolcuts site on the supposition that there may be some relationship. Once the list is released we’ll see if we have learned anything about how information such as this spreads word of mouth and does the data get more accurate over time..

4-5 pm

Calhoun North
De Priest
Bethune
Manierre
Delano
Canter Middle
Brentano
Jackson M
Carver
Libby
Beidler
Gresham
Lozano
Earle
Attucks
Till
Lewis
Whistler
De Priest
Earle
Lawrence
Paderewski
Pilsen
Von Humboldt
Altgeld
Garfield Park
Ross
Holmes
Jungman
LaFayette
Drake
Near North
Lawndale
Piccolo
O’Keeffe
Pershing West

3-4 pm

Fiske
Herzl
Ryerson
Kozminski
McClellan
Powell
Stagg
Stockton
Cantor Middle
LaFayette
Fernwood
Lawrence
Shoop
Henson
Lozano
Dumas
Wadsworth
Stewart
Attucks
Trumball
Kozminski
Montefiore
Delano
Beidler
Manierre
Duprey
Carter
Dett
Von Humboldt
Morgan
Ashe
Duprey
King
Ryerson
Robinson
Willians Middle

2-3 pm

Stockton
Key
Dumas
Pershing West
Near North
Yale
Emmet
Revere
Woods Acad
Earle
Altgeld
Armstrong, L
Garfield Park
Green
Calhoun North
Mayo
Parkman
Trumbull
Carver
Dumas
Goodlow
Melody
Sullivan
Stagg
Stockton
Ryerson
McNair
Metcalfe
Bontemps

1-2 pm

Calhoun North
Yale
Delano
Near North
Pilsen
Gresham
Revere
Trumbull
Near North
Montefiore
Cantor Middle
Fermi

Noon-1 pm

Mayo
May
Songhai
Calhoun North
Dett
Armstrong, L
King
Melody
Peabody
Stockton
Herbert
Lafayette

11 am-noon

Brentano
Calhoun North
Lozano
Mollison
Jenner
Burke
Dewey
Goldblatt
Lafayette
Sexton
Yale
May
Near North
Pershing West