Arts Academy

Chicago High School for the Arts


Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

2714 W Augusta
Chicago, IL  60622

(773) 534-9710
ChiArts, Chicago’s first public arts high school, offers a college prep curriculum and pre-professional arts training designed to encourage intellectual curiosity and develop critical thinking skills.

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts®) develops the next generation of artistically promising, diverse scholar-artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum.
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 Track94%
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 Score984
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 Rates86%
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 Rates76%
College Readiness49%
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 Mobility3%
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 Attendance96%
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?Neutral
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?Strong
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?Neutral
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?Neutral
School Fit
Avg Class size14
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 Enrollment613
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 33.799999999999997%
American Indian / Alaskan .32629999999999998%
Asian 1.794%
Hispanic 35.200000000000003%
Pacific Islander .16309999999999999%
White 19.899999999999999%
Two or More Races 2.61%
Black 51.0%
Hispanic 25.4%
White 16.4%
Other 5.1%
Asian 2.0%
Black 38.4%
Hispanic 33%
White 18.8%
Other 7.4%
Asian 2.5%
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
School TypeContract
ProgramsArts Academy
Application RequirementsEligible students are selected on a point system. Points are based on the student's NWEA MAP scores in reading and math and the portfolio review.

How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at

Creative Writing
Music - Instrumental
Music - Vocal
Musical Theatre
Visual Arts
SelectionsGeneral Education and 504 Plan students: Minimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP and 7th grade minimum attendance percentage of 92.

IEP and EL students: Minimum combined percentile of 48 in reading and math on NWEA MAP and 7th grade minimum attendance percentage of 92.

A portfolio review is required for all eligible applicants.

Students who are not eligible should visit to request a meeting to discuss their academic record and a possible change in their eligibility status.
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bilingual ServicesNo
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College and CareerACT/SAT Prep CoursesCollege 80%
SportsFitness Club
ArtsAnimationAnimation/CartoonArt ClubArt HistoryArt StudioBandBand/OrchestraCeramicsChoirChoir/ChorusClay CreationsComedyComedy/Drama/PlaysCreative WritingDanceDance ClubDramaDrawingEthnic/Folk DanceFashionFiber ArtsFigure DrawingFundamentals/Theory of MusicGospel ChoraleGraphic DesignGuitarImprovIntegrated ArtsKnittingMedia and Production WorkshopsMixed MediaModern/Hip-Hop DanceMuralsMusicMusic ClubMusic TheoryMusical TheaterMusicalsOrchestraPaintingPercussion
Media(Not Available)
STEM(Not Available)
Health and WellnessCrisis Intervention ServicesFitness ClubHealth Curriculum UtilizedNutrition ProgramWorkshops/Classes
ScholasticAdvanced Placemen (10)Advanced PlacementAlgebraAlgebra 2/TrigonometryAmerican LiteratureAP English Literature and CompositionAP Environmental ScienceAP French Language and CultureAP Music TheoryAP StatisticsAP United States HistoryBiologyBook/Reading ClubCalculusChemistryComputer EducationEarth and Space SciencesEconomicsEnglish Language and CompositionFinancial StatisticsFine and Performing ArtsFrenchFrench 1-2French 3-4GeometryGovernmentHomework Club/Study GroupHomework HelpHonors Pre-CalculusHuman GeographyPhysicsPhysics CPoetry WorkshopsSocratic Seminars
Life and LeadershipActivism/Social Impact ClubsEthnic ClubGay-Straight AllianceMikva ChallengePeer MentorsRestorative JusticeService Learning/Community Volunteer ProgramStudent Activities CommitteeStudent AmbassadorsStudent Council/GovernmentStudent Government
Parents and Community8-9th Grade Transition WorkshopsArt AppreciationCrafts WorkshopFamily NightsField TripFinancial Literacy WorkshopsMusic AppreciationMusic WorkshopsNutrition WorkshopsParent AdvocacySafe PassageTransition to College Workshops
Other(Not Available)