CPS announced a new online credit recovery program for the summer -- aimed at 600 first time freshmen (love that phrase) entering 19 high schools. Click below for the press release.
Launches Program to Help Kids Catch Up Online
Online Credit Recovery Pilot Targets More than 600 First-time Freshmen
In accordance with Chicago Public Schools’ push
to get freshmen students on-track for graduation, the district has launched a pilot
program that for the first time ever offers online credit recovery to CPS
students during the summer.
June 30 marked the first day of Summer Online Credit
Recovery, when students started logging onto the Internet and, with the
assistance and supervision of a CPS mentor, taking courses and recovering lost
credits. The pilot program targets first-time freshmen who have accumulated one
or two credits less than what is required to be academically on-track to
“We must use all available resources to get our students
on track, including the summer months when school is out of session and the
technology at our fingertips,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne
Duncan. “We believe that Summer Online Credit Recovery will help us put
our students on a path that leads to high school graduation and much, much
The 30 CPS mentors facilitating these courses will support
students, at their schools, as they progress through their individual programs
of study in a variety of online courses simultaneously in a single classroom. About
600 students from 19 schools are participating in the entirely virtual credit
recovery experience. The schools are as follows:
- Austin Polytech
Academy, 231 N. Pine Ave.
- Banner Alternative
School, 2330 E. 99th St.
- Bowen Environmental
Studies Team (BEST), 2710 E.
- Carver Military
Academy, 13100 S. Doty West Ave.
- Chicago Academy
High School, 3400 N. Austin Blvd.
- Chicago Vocational Career
Academy, 8600 S. Chappel Ave.
- Clemente Community
Academy, 1147 N. Western Ave.
- Corliss High
School, 821 E. 103rd St.
- Crane Tech Prep and Crane Achievement Academy,
2245 W. Jackson Blvd.
- Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, 3000 S. King Drive
- Fenger Academy High
School and Achievement
Academy, 11220 S. Wallace St.
- Kelly High
School, 4136 S. California Ave.
- Kelvyn Park
High School, 4343 W. Wrightwood Ave.
- Milburn Alternative
High School, 545 E. Oakwood Blvd.
- North Grand
High School, 4338 W.
- Phillips Achievement
Academy, 244 E. Pershing Road
- Senn High
School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
- Simeon Career
Academy, 8147 S. Vincennes Ave.
- Wells Community
School, 936 N. Ashland Ave.
Each course taken in Summer Online Credit Recovery
represents 60 hours of class time. A passing grade in an online course earns a
student half, or 0.5, of a high school credit. A total of 24 credits, or six
credits a year, are needed for graduation from high school.
Data shows that credit recovery is most effective in a
student’s freshman year. First-time freshmen, who have earned four of six
possible credits by the end of their freshman year, have only a 24 percent
chance of graduating from high school. However, if these students are able to
recover just one of these credits, for a total of five credits by the end of
their freshman year, their chances of graduating high school go up to 45
percent. If these students reach a total of six credits, their chances of
graduating high school shoot up to 68 percent.
“Summer Online Credit Recovery allows students
to work at their own pace, so they can move quickly through the parts that they
understand and spend more time on the concepts that they find challenging,”
said Rufus Williams, President of the Chicago Board of Education. “This
independence gives our students control of their own success.”
CPS students currently can take online credit recovery
classes during the school year, but the online credit recovery program never
has been used as a summer school program, nor has it ever specifically targeted
ninth graders. Funding for the pilot program is provided by the CPS Department
of Graduation Pathways.
June 30 also marked the start of Freshman Connection, a
collection of programs that for the first time ever is making summer enrichment
activities available to all in-coming CPS freshmen.
The Chicago Public
Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system. It includes more
than 600 schools and serves about 409,000 students.
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