Steep enrollment drops at receiving schools since 2013 mass school closings

In 2013, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 49 elementary schools and reassign their students to receiving schools. Despite reported capital investment in receiving schools, enrollment dropped at a much steeper rate at these schools than other elementary schools.

Between 2013-14, the first merged year, and 2015-2016, the receiving schools lost 8.1% of their enrollment v. a 2.8% drop for all other elementary schools. Overall, ten receiving schools gained students, and 37 lost enrollment. Complete data in the table below.

We feel this data clearly shows that top-down decision making about facilities and school actions divorced from real, community-led planning does not work and does not serve the interests of students, families and communities.

School

SY2014

SY2016

Difference

% Change

Alex Haley Elementary Academy

618

521

-97

-15.70%

Benjamin E Mays Elementary Academy

558

442

-116

-20.80%

Burnham Elementary Inclusive Academy

548

515

-33

-6.00%

Charles Evans Hughes Elementary School

285

270

-15

-5.30%

Charles W Earle Elementary School

454

417

-37

-8.10%

Countee Cullen Elementary School

261

207

-54

-20.70%

Daniel S Wentworth Elementary School

562

512

-50

-8.90%

Edward K Ellington Elementary School

648

611

-37

-5.70%

Eliza Chappell Elementary School

469

473

4

0.90%

Frederic Chopin Elementary School

532

469

-63

-11.80%

Genevieve Melody Elementary School

523

470

-53

-10.10%

George Leland Elementary School

613

529

-84

-13.70%

George W Curtis Elementary School

596

605

9

1.50%

George W Tilton Elementary School

383

309

-74

-19.30%

Helen M Hefferan Elementary School

356

370

14

3.90%

Ida B Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy

450

366

-84

-18.70%

Irvin C Mollison Elementary School

465

386

-79

-17.00%

James B McPherson Elementary School

687

722

35

5.10%

James Otis Elementary School

588

501

-87

-14.80%

James Wadsworth Elementary School

453

481

28

6.20%

James Weldon Johnson Elementary School

367

460

93

25.30%

Jensen Elementary Scholastic Academy

445

409

-36

-8.10%

Jesse Sherwood Elementary School

342

295

-47

-13.70%

John B Drake Elementary School

474

378

-96

-20.30%

John Fiske Elementary School

429

416

-13

-3.00%

John Foster Dulles Elementary School

713

672

-41

-5.80%

John Harvard Elementary School of Excellence

468

392

-76

-16.20%

John J Pershing Elementary Humanities Magnet

416

514

98

23.60%

John Milton Gregory Elementary School

383

374

-9

-2.30%

John T McCutcheon Elementary School

430

383

-47

-10.90%

Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy

821

575

-246

-30.00%

Joseph Brennemann Elementary School

469

441

-28

-6.00%

Langston Hughes Elementary School

504

405

-99

-19.60%

Laura S Ward Elementary School

608

517

-91

-15.00%

Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School

632

591

-41

-6.50%

Ludwig Van Beethoven Elementary School

334

384

50

15.00%

Mary E Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center

507

449

-58

-11.40%

Michael Faraday Elementary School

313

300

-13

-4.20%

Mildred I Lavizzo Elementary School

381

392

11

2.90%

Nicholson Technology Academy

532

531

-1

-0.20%

Oscar DePriest Elementary School

653

612

-41

-6.30%

Perkins Bass Elementary School

502

448

-54

-10.80%

Robert Nathaniel Dett Elementary School

402

317

-85

-21.10%

Rosario Castellanos Elementary School

586

594

8

1.40%

South Shore Fine Arts Academy

465

438

-27

-5.80%

Willa Cather Elementary School

398

316

-82

-20.60%

William H Ryder Math & Science Specialty ES

373

353

-20

-5.40%

Grand Total

22996

21132

-1864

-8.10%

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