CTE - Selective


Career Academy

Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

5835 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL  60659

(773) 534-2350
Mather High School is a global family in a neighborhood community, educating students in a safe, nurturing, and intellectually challenging environment. Through collaborative and meaningful experiences, our students develop compassion, creativity, wisdom, perseverance and integrity to make a positive impact in Chicago and beyond. We are Mather Rangers.

Nationally recognized as an AVID Certified School, Mather fosters intellectual, social and technological skills through professional development, structured learning experiences and parental support.
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 Track77%
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 Score18.00
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 Rates79%
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 Rates65%
College Readiness17%
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 Mobility19%
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 Attendance90%
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 Attendance90%
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?Neutral
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?Neutral
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?Strong
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?Neutral
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?Strong
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?Weak
School Fit
Avg Class size25
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 Enrollment1436
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?
Hispanic 36.1%
Asian 30.7%
White 19.4%
Black 11.3%
Other 2.4%
Hispanic 35.2%
Asian 29.5%
White 20.8%
Black 12.2%
Other 2.3%
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
NetworkNetwork 2
School TypeCareer Academy
ProgramsCTE - Lottery CTE - Selective General Education
Application RequirementsStudent selections are based on points. Each school determines a minimum cutoff score for selections; applicants meeting or exceeding this score will receive an offer. Students are assigned points for 7th grade final GPA and NWEA MAP scores.


Student selections are based on points. Students are assigned points for 7th grade final GPA and 7th grade stanines. Each school determines a minimum cutoff score for selections.

How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.
SelectionsStudents must have completed the 7th grade during the 2016-2017 school year.

Repeating 8th graders and students pushed into 8th grade from 6th grade due to age requirements DO NOT QUALIFY for Selective Academies.



CTE - College and Career Academies application Download at cps.edu (click “Apply”)
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily ScheduleSchool Hours: 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
HS Freshman Hours: 8:00 am - 3:16 pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
Learn Morehttp://illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolId=150162990250030
College and CareerACT/SAT Prep CoursesCareer/Job TrainingCollege 60%College Tours
SportsBaseballBaseball, BoysBaseball, GirlsBasketballBasketball, BoysBasketball, GirlsBowlingBowling, BoysBowling, GirlsCheerleadingCross CountryCross Country, BoysCross Country, GirlsDanceExerciseFootballGolf, BoysJudoLacrosseLacrosse, BoysLacrosse, GirlsPom-Pon / SpiritSoccerSoccer, BoysSoccer, GirlsSoftballSoftball, BoysSoftball, GirlsSpecial OlympicsSwimmingSwimming, BoysSwimming, GirlsTennisTennis, BoysTennis, GirlsTrack and FieldTrack and Field, BoysTrack and Field, GirlsVolleyballVolleyball, Boys
ArtsAnimationAnimation/CartoonArt ClubArt StudioBand/OrchestraCeramicsChoir/ChorusDanceDramaDrama ClubDrawingEthnic/Folk DanceFilm and VideoGuitarModern/Hip-Hop DancePaintingPercussionPhotographyPlays/ActingPoetry WorkshopsRock BandTalent ShowTheaterViolin/StringsWeb Design
Media(Not Available)
STEMIT (Game Programming)IT (Web Design)
Health and WellnessCrisis Intervention ServicesHealth Curriculum UtilizedNutrition ProgramTargeted Interventions
ScholasticAcademic DecathlonAdvanced PlacementAdvancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)AP BiologyAP Calculus ABAP ChemistryAP English Literature and CompositionAP PsychologyAP StatisticsAP United States HistoryAP World HistoryAVIDBandBilingual SupportBook/Reading ClubCareer AcademiesCareer and Technical Education ProgramsChicago History FairChoirCommunity SchoolCTE - Career and Technical EducationDanceDebateDebate TeamDriver EducationEnglish Language and CompositionEvening SchoolFrench 1-4GuitarHomework HelpInformation TechnologyLaw and Public SafetyMath BowlMath TeamMa
Life and LeadershipEthnic ClubMentoring for Boys/GirlsMikva ChallengeMock TrialPeace CirclesPeer MentorsRestorative JusticeService Learning/Community Volunteer ProgramStudent Council/GovernmentUMOJA Student Development Corporation
Parents and Community8-9th Grade Transition WorkshopsCommunity SchoolComputer/Technology WorkshopsCPR ClassesDance ClassesEnrichment ClassesFamily NightsField TripFinancial Literacy WorkshopsGang Awareness WorkshopLaw and Public SafetyLiteracy WorkshopsMeeting Space For Parent GroupsNutrition WorkshopsParent Advisory/GroupParent AdvocacyParenting ClassesPeace CirclesSafety WorkshopsSmaller Learning CommunitySupporting your Student Workshops/ProgramsTransition to College Workshops
OtherChess Club