General Education



Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

4747 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL  60609

(773) 535-1625
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Tilden seeks to prepare its students to be active citizens of their community and the nation. It offers an award-winning culinary program and a college preparatory partnership with the University of Chicago.

At Tilden, we wish the best for all students. Tilden has made great progress the past 3 years. Attendance has increased by 11%, misconducts have decreased by 36%, our Freshmen-On-Track rate has increased 23%, test scores have improved, and we have engaged families towards the goal of graduating all students college and career ready. In 2015-2016, we will offer CTE Culinary Arts and have a partnership with Genesys Works.. Tilden is becoming a premier neighborhood school. Two key features we have implemented are:

4x4 Block Schedule:

Tilden students take 4 classes per semester and earn 1 full credit at the end of the semester.This college-like structure allows students to earn 8 credits per year instead of 7 at other schools. Students have more room in their schedule to take AP courses, Dual Credit Courses, or participate in work-study programs.

Convergence Academy:

Tilden is no longer a turnaround school, we are a Convergence Academy. Through a partnership with Columbia College, we have enhanced digital media integration into teaching and learning. The Convergence experience allows students to engage in curriculum that is designed around the ideas of Create, Consume, and Connect.

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 Track73%
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 Score828
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 Rates44%
College Readiness9%
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 Mobility20%
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 Attendance83%
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?Strong
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?Very Weak
School Fit
Avg Class size17
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 Enrollment217
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 49.3%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Asian .92200000000000004%
Hispanic 37.799999999999997%
Pacific Islander 0%
White 10.1%
Two or More Races .46%
Black 54.3%
Hispanic 34.8%
White 8.5%
Other 2.0%
Asian 0.4%
Black 56.5%
Hispanic 27.2%
White 10.9%
Other 3.7%
Asian 1.7%
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 TypeNeighborhood
ProgramsCulinary Arts General Education
Application RequirementsNeighborhood: Students living in the attendance boundary are admitted automatically.

Non-Neighborhood: Students living outside the attendance boundary are randomly selected through a computerized lottery if the school receives more applications than there are seats available.
Standard High School application Download at (click “Apply”)

Grades Served9 - 12
Daily ScheduleM,T,Th,F: 8:00 am - 3:31 pm
W: 8:00 am - 1:46 pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
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