Key Questions

1. Have patterns of magnet school enrollment changed with the implementation of residential neighborhood areas and transportation zones? Are these changes differentially benefiting students of different ethnic groups or those that live in specific sections of the city?

2. Are the observable outcomes from recent changes in magnet schools and magnet school policies consistent with the magnet school goals of furthering racial/ethnic integration and keeping high-achieving students in the public schools?

3. Has the development of new magnet high schools allowed for equal academic opportunities for high-achieving students across the city?


This report describes the magnet schools in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and analyzes students' access to magnet schools based on their ethnicity and residential location within the city.  It also examines changes in CPS enrollment patterns that may be related to the development of new manget schools and magnet school policies.