Academy for Young Women

Simpson Academy HS for Young Women

Citywide Option

Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

1321 S Paulina Street
Chicago, IL  60608

A Level 1 school, Simpson is the only CPS school devoted to preparing teen mothers for success in college, career, and life. Our school offers a competitive academic curriculum, as well as parenting and life-skills education.
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 2
This is the rating the school district gives to a school about how well they are performing. From highest performing to lowest performing, the possible levels are: Level 1+, Level 1, Level 2+, Level 2, and Level 3.
Freshman On Track(Not Available)
This is the percentage of the last 9th grade class that, based on their grades and attendance in 9th grade, is on track to graduate. Whether or not a student is on track during their freshman year is the biggest indicator of whether or not they will graduate from high school on time!
Average ACT Score(Not Available)
The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions that students take during their 11th grade year. This piece of information averages together the scores of the last 11th grade class at a school. The CPS average is 18.2.
Graduation Rates(Not Available)
This is the percentage of a group of students at a school that graduated within five years. The average in CPS is 69.9%.
College Enrollment Rates(Not Available)
College Readiness(Not Available)
This is the percentage of students at a school that scored at least a 21 on the ACT, which demonstrates a higher level of readiness to take college level courses.
School Culture
Student Mobility(Not Available)
The percentage of students that transfer in or out of the school during the school year. A higher percentage means that there are more students coming and going. Though it doesn’t tell us why students are transferring in and out, we can imagine that it could feel a little unstable if this is a high percentage.
Student Attendance69%
This is the average daily attendance at the school – on average, what percent of all the students enrolled at the school are in attendance. We don’t know why students may not be attending the school, but if this is a low number it is likely that teachers may have to spend more time reviewing material that absent students miss, making it harder to move forward in a class.
Teacher Attendance(Not Available)
This is the average daily attendance of teachers at the school – on average, what percent of all the teachers employed at the school are in attendance. As a student, it could be more challenging to make academic progress if you regularly have substitutes or don’t get to build a relationship with the teacher.
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities?(Not Available)
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?(Not Available)
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?(Not Available)
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?(Not Available)
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?(Not Available)
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?(Not Available)
School Fit
Avg Class size(Not Available)
This is the average number of students that is in each classroom. Use your current class as a reference point. Are you comfortable learning and contributing in a class this big? Would you prefer a class that has fewer students or more students?
Total Enrollment40
This tells us the total number of students that attend the school. Use your school as a reference point. Would you like a school that has fewer, more, or about the same number of students in your school?
Black 72.7%
Hispanic 22.7%
White 4.5%
This tells us about the racial and ethnic backgrounds of the students that attend the school. Is it important to you that there is diversity in your high school? Are you more comfortable being around other students that have a similar racial/ethnic background as you?
General Information
Network(Not Available)
School TypeCitywide Option
ProgramsAcademy for Young Women
Application Requirements(Not Available)
SelectionsSimpson Academy for Young Women is the only fully-accredited Chicago Public School devoted to educating pregnant and parenting teens. The model for Simpson Academy has evolved this year, but our purpose remains the same: to provide a quality education and developmental support to young mothers.

Simpson Academy for Young Women offers the following:
• Onsite Health Clinic through RUSH University Medical Center
• Onsite Childcare Center through the Salvation Army
• High School Graduation
• Counseling and Referral Services
• Enrichment Activities
• Individualized Learning Support
• On-Site Baby Boutique, Parenting Education, and Family Focused Events
• Full high school course catalog: Online courses and credit recovery
• Structured learning environment
• Student Leadership Council
• Full High School Experience: Prom, Homecoming, Senior Activities
• Childcare Partnerships throughout the city
• Parent Involvement Activities

Instructional Focus
Our intimate size allows both students and instructional staff at the school the opportunity to plan purposefully with instructional interventions and strategies to deliver high quality and differentiated teaching to build skills in core subjects and provide non-core and elective opportunities.

Individualized Planning
We complete a comprehensive intake process including a series of assessments that allows us to:
• Deploy necessary counseling and social and emotional support
• Offer pregnancy and parenting classes
• Plan robust post-secondary options and preparation through job readiness and individual mentors
• Have an on-site nurse or health provision
• Provide extensive childcare and wrap-around services

Simpson Academy for Young Women will tap into best practices from around the country to provide a comprehensive and innovative network of supports and instructional opportunities for students.
Grades Served6 - 12
Daily Schedule8:00am - 3:05pm
Bilingual ServicesNo
Learn More(Not Available)
College and CareerACT/SAT Prep CoursesCareer DevelopmentCollege ToursWorking in the Schools (WITS)
Sports(Not Available)
MediaMass Communications
STEMComputers Science
Health and WellnessHealth and Wellness Workshops/ProgramsHealth ClinicNutrition
ScholasticAlgebra 1Algebra 2ArtBiologyBook ClubChemistryCollege AlgebraEnglish 1English 2English 3English 4Environmental ScienceGeometryIntegrated Mathematics 1JournalismJournalism ClubSpanish 1Spanish 2SpeechUS HistoryVirtual Learning/Online CoursesWorld StudiesWritten and Oral Communications
Life and LeadershipPeer MentorsRestorative JusticeStudent Council/GovernmentYoung Parent Supports
Parents and CommunityChild-Parent Center (CPC)Community ServiceESL WorkshopsFamily NightsParent Advisory/GroupSmaller Learning Community
OtherChildcare and Early Childhood Education