YCCS - Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican HS


2739 W Division Street
Chicago, IL  60622

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School’s mission is to provide a quality educational experience needed to empower students to engage in critical thinking and social transformation, from the classroom to the Puerto Rican community, based on the philosophical foundation of self-determination, a methodology of self-actualization and an ethics of self-reliance.

Created in 1972, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School approaches education from the perspective of the whole-person, linking education to the individual social, emotional, and academic needs of our students and empowering them to be active participants in creating change at the global, local, and personal level. Courses are designed to meet Illinois State Learning Standards and are integrated in community-based activities and engage students in the process of critical thinking and community inquiry.

We offer basic skills training with activities in technology, urban agriculture, media production and communications, critical art, and participatory action research, as well as college preparatory coursework through an ongoing partnership with Wright College. Classroom instruction is primarily project and problem based with an emphasis on developing higher order thinking skills of inquiry and analysis in place of rote memorization. Planning for the years to come, our curriculum will have social ecology as a conceptual centerpiece, framing student learning around three experimental stations: a hydroponics-based greenhouse on the roof of PACHS; soil-based community gardens in and around Humboldt Park; and tropical soil-based agriculture on the island of Puerto Rico.
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 1
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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 Rates94%
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 Attendance73%
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)
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Total Enrollment199
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 16.1%
Hispanic 79.4%
White 3.5%
Other 1.0%
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)
SelectionsPACHS accepts youth ages 16-21 that are seeking a high school education with a program rooted in critical thinking, social justice, social and emotional learning, and urban agriculture.
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule8:00am - 4:00pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
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College and CareerCareer DevelopmentCareer/Job TrainingCollege Tours
Media(Not Available)
STEMRoboticsUrban Agriculture
Health and Wellness(Not Available)
ScholasticBilingual SupportEvening School
Life and LeadershipAmbassadorsLeaders Programmentoring
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