CTE - Lottery

Richards Career Academy

Career Academy

Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

5009 S Laflin St
Chicago, IL  60609

(773) 535-4945
Richards seeks to motivate, inspire and support students to engage in academic, personal and career learning, through technology, parent involvement and connections with community, post secondary and professional institutions.
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 3
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 SAT Score803
The SAT 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 951.
Graduation Rates61%
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 Rates48%
College Readiness10%
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 Mobility23%
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 Attendance79%
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 Attendance89%
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?Weak
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?Weak
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?Weak
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?Weak
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?Weak
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?Very Weak
School Fit
Avg Class size20
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 Enrollment224
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 41.5%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 57.1%
Pacific Islander 0%
White .9%
Two or More Races 0%
Hispanic 60.8%
Black 37.8%
White 1.4%
Hispanic 60.6%
Black 38.3%
Other 0.7%
White 0.3%
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 16
School TypeCareer Academy
ProgramsCTE - Lottery General Education
Application RequirementsStudents are randomly selected by computerized lottery. Preference is given to students with percentiles of 24 and above on the NWEA MAP in reading and math. A total of 30% of the seats will be made available to attendance area applicants.

Students with IEPs and EL students: Preference is given to students with NWEA MAP percentiles that equal 48 and above.

Note: Repeating 8th graders and students pushed into 8th grade from 6th grade due to age requirements qualify for selection but will be placed in a lower preference group

Business (Accounting & Entrepreneurship)
Culinary Arts
SelectionsAppy Online:


CTE - College and Career Academies application Download at cps.edu (click “Apply”)
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily ScheduleHS Freshman Hours: 7:45 am - 3:08 pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
Learn Morehttp://iirc.niu.edu/School.aspx?schoolid=150162990250536
College and CareerACT/SAT Prep CoursesCareer DevelopmentCareer/Job TrainingCollege 50%College ClubCollege ExplorationCollege ToursDual EnrollmentEntrpreneurship
Sports16 Inch SoftballBaseballBaseball, BoysBaseball, GirlsBasketballBasketball, BoysBasketball, GirlsBowlingBowling, BoysBowling, GirlsCheerleadingConditioning and FitnessCross Country, BoysCross Country, GirlsDanceFast PitchFast-pitch Softball, GirlsFootballPom-Pon / SpiritSoccerSoccer, BoysSoccer, GirlsSoftballSoftball, BoysSoftball, GirlsStep DanceTrack and Field, BoysVolleyballVolleyball, BoysVolleyball, GirlsWrestling
ArtsArt ClubDanceDramaFilm and VideoImprovModern/Hip-Hop DanceMosaicsMuralsPoetry SlamPoetry WorkshopsSewingStep DanceStep/Line DancingTalent ShowTheaterWeb DesignWeekend EnrichmentYearbook
MediaFilm and Video
STEM(Not Available)
Health and WellnessCrisis Intervention ServicesFirst Aid TrainingHealth Curriculum UtilizedNutrition WorkshopTai ChiTargeted InterventionsWorkshops/Classes
ScholasticAcademic OlympicsAccountingAdvanced PlacementAP English Literature and CompositionAP StatisticsAP United States HistoryBandBilingual SupportBusiness & FinanceCareer AcademiesCareer and Technical Education ProgramsCollege AlgebraCollege and Career AcademyCommunity SchoolCriminal Justice 211CulinaryCulinary and HospitalityDebate TeamFreshmen On-PaceHomework Club/Study GroupHomework HelpLearning LabMusic TheoryPersonal FinancePoetry Club / WorkshopsPolitical SciencePre-LawSmaller Learning CommunitySpanish 1-2Spanish ISpanish LanguageSummer SchoolSupplemental Educational Services (SES) T
Life and LeadershipEthnic ClubMentoring for Boys/GirlsMikva ChallengeMock TrialPeace CirclesPeer JuryPeer MentorsR.I.S.E.Restorative JusticeService Learning/Community Volunteer ProgramStudent AmbassadorsStudent Council/GovernmentStudent GovernmentYoung Parent Supports
Parents and Community8-9th Grade Transition WorkshopsESL WorkshopsFamily BreakfastsFamily NightsField TripFinancial Literacy WorkshopsHealth and Wellness Workshops/ProgramsLiteracy WorkshopsMeeting Space For Parent GroupsNutrition WorkshopsParent Advisory/GroupParent AdvocacyParent PatrolParenting ClassesPeace CirclesSafe PassageSupporting your Student Workshops/ProgramsTransition to College Workshops
OtherBusiness & FinanceCareer and Technical Education ProgramsChess ClubCollege and Career AcademyCommunity SchoolCulinary and HospitalityLaw and Public SafetyPerforming ArtsSmall Learning Community