The Creative Schools Certification (CSC) places the arts on CPS school progress report cards. Based upon school-level arts data collected by Arts Liaisons in the previous year, the CSC places schools in one of five categories as described below:

The certification addresses Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Media Arts in three major areas:

  • Staffing & Instruction
  • Partnerships, Community and Culture
  • Budget and Planning

The documents below provide an overview of the process by which Categories for High School and Elementary Schools are determined.

High School Creative Schools Scoring Rubric
Elementary Creative Schools Scoring Rubric

Questions about the Creative Schools Initiative can be directed to