While almost all CPS students have regular access to arts education, a number of CPS magnet elementary schools, as well as several high schools, offer rigorous curriculum and instruction focused on the fine and performing arts.
Elementary Magnet Schools
CPS magnet schools are specialized schools that focus their curriculum on one particular subject area. Most elementary magnet schools do not have attendance boundaries, which means that all interested students must submit an application, even if they live nearby. In addition, in most cases, magnet schools provide bus transportation for students who live between 1.5–6 miles from the school. Magnet schools do not provide an accelerated curriculum—they are designed for all students. Students are randomly selected through a computerized lottery.
Fine & Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Schools
Magnet cluster schools, like magnet schools, are also specialized, but they have neighborhood attendance boundaries and accept students who live within that boundary. (Students who live outside the boundary must submit an application in order to be considered for acceptance.) Magnet cluster schools focus their curriculum on one of five subject areas: fine and performing arts, world language, International Baccalaureate Primary or Middle Years, technology, or STEM. Transportation is not provided to incoming students.
The Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Program (FPAMCP) is a network of arts-focused CPS elementary schools where the arts teachers work with students and other classroom teachers to provide intensive and integrated arts instruction.
- Students have the opportunity to learn and grow in multiple art forms: dance, theatre, media arts, music, and/or visual arts.
- The fine and performing arts programs develop cultural awareness and understanding.
- Schools strive to use the program to make connections between arts learning and other subject areas (curriculum integration).
- Students are exposed to diverse arts opportunities and environments, both in and outside the Chicago community.
Arts-Focused High Schools
Several CPS high schools give students intensive studio experiences in the visual and performing arts, credits beyond the high school arts requirements, and an accelerated general-education curriculum that promotes a high level of college and career readiness. The following CPS high schools offer programs in the arts:
- Chicago High School for the Arts (“ChiArts”) offers conservatories in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Admissions requirements include a minimum ISAT stanine of 5 in reading and math from the 7th grade, as well as an audition/portfolio review.
- Senn High School Magnet Program in the Arts (“Senn Arts”) offers a sequence of coursework in music, theatre and visual arts that promotes depth and technique development in the arts. Admissions requirements include a minimum ISAT stanine of 5 in reading and math from the 7th grade, as well as an audition/portfolio review.
- Curie Metro High School offers rigorous study and studio experiences in dance, music and visual arts. Admissions requirements include an audition/portfolio review as of SY2018-19.
- Lincoln Park High School
- Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts
- Disney II Magnet High School
- Multicultural Academy of Scholarship High School