YCCS - Community Youth Development Institute HS


Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

7836 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL  60620

CYDI provides social and academics skills emphasized through a nontraditional structured learning environment. Students are prepared to be productive members of society while developing skills in reading, mathematics, science, writing, social studies, career exploration and critical thinking. All skills are enhanced by computer instruction. Group and individual counseling is provided by a state certified counselor and special education services for students that have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

CYDI offers Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit and Job Placement; a distinctive opportunity for qualified students to interact and integrate into their community by going to school in the morning and working or attending college classes in the afternoon. The Dual Enrollment program, in conjunction with Academic Advisement and Guidance Counseling, is provided to all students. CYDI also partners with A Knock at Midnight (AKAM) to provide social and emotional support for students and families in need.

Extracurricular activities include: School Newspaper, School Yearbook, Spring Prom, Choir, Drum Corps, Jazz Band, Dance Team, Fitness Club, Basketball, Flag Football and Track & Field.

Eligibility Age Range – 16-21
Minimum Credits to Enroll – 5
Credits Required to Graduate – 18

Other Requirements to Graduate – All students must complete the CYDI program to be granted a diploma. The minimum number of credits to graduate from CYDI under the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) umbrella is 18 credits. Students must successfully complete a minimum of one full academic year and earn three (3) or more credits from CYDI. A students is expected to successfully complete every course for which he/she registers and a student must pass all his/her classes the last semester in order to be a candidate for graduation.
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 1
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 Rates75%
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 Attendance63%
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 Enrollment164
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 97.6%
Hispanic 2.4%
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 TypeCharter
Application Requirements(Not Available)
SelectionsCYDI works to ensure that graduates have the skills necessary to succeed once they graduate. Our school engages students in hands-on learning experiences that cultivate their imaginative and creative abilities.
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule7:30am - 5:00pm
Bilingual ServicesNo
Learn More(Not Available)
College and CareerACT/SAT Prep CoursesCareer DevelopmentCareer/Job TrainingCollege PrepCollege Tours
SportsBasketballFlag FootballSoftballTrack and Field
ArtsChoir/ChorusDance TeamDrum CorpsJazz and Small Jazz CombosYearbook
Media(Not Available)
STEMUrban Agriculture
Health and WellnessFitnessSocial Emotional Learning
ScholasticHomework Club/Study GroupNewspaperSocial JusticeTutoring
Life and Leadership(Not Available)
Parents and Community(Not Available)
Other(Not Available)