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CPS Enrollment Drops, But Some Schools See Big Gains: Search Your School

By  Tanveer Ali and Heather Cherone | September 27, 2017 5:46pm | Updated on September 27, 2017 5:51pm

CHICAGO — While Chicago Public Schools saw a big enrollment drop this year, several schools ended up with far more students than expected, numbers released Tuesday show.

Four schools had enrollment that exceeded their projected counts by more than 100 students: Ogden Elementary in the Gold Coast; Hyde Park High School; Phillips High School in Bronzeville and Lane Tech High School in North Center.

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On a percentage basis, Aldridge Elementary, in Riverdale, had 37 percent more students than it was expecting, the most of any school. The school anticipated 134 students would enroll, but 184 are now in class. 

On the flipside, Morgan Park High School fell 144 students short of its projections, the largest drop from expected counts than any other school.

Holmes Elementary School in Englewood had an enrollment of 124, 26 percent lower than the 167 it was expecting.

But those schools, which already saw their budgets drop from last year, won't see further cuts. 

CPS officials announced Monday that the budget ax will not fall this year on schools which enrolled fewer students than expected. Those schools will keep $35 million they would have lost if CPS had made cuts based on the 10th-day enrollment, as it has in the past, officials said.

However, schools with more students than anticipated will get additional funds under the district's budgeting system, which funds schools based on the number of students they have, officials said.

Those schools will get an additional $19.6 million, officials said.

Hyde Park, Phillps and Schurz high schools all gained more than $500,000.

The budgets distributed in July gave each school $4,590 for students in kindergarten through third grade, $4,290 for each fourth through eighth grade student and $5,320 for each high school student.

That works out to about $200 more for each student than last year, officials said.

But some schools that lost low-income students are seeing reductions amounting to $1.9 million in state and federal funds, officials said.

Before the school year began, CPS officials had expected enrollment to drop by 8,000 students. Last year, enrollment dropped by more than 13,800 students, data shows.

The district had 205 fewer students than projected, district spokeswoman Emily Bittner said.

The official 20th-day enrollment will be released next week, but CPS has said it has about 380,000 students district-wide.

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