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Chicago High Schools Going From ‘College Prep’ To ‘Early College’

In Chicago, the proliferation of college classes in high schools is new. Since 2014, the number of students taking classes through City Colleges at their high school has tripled, from 1,055 in 2013-2014 to 3,655 in 2017-2018. And Chicago Public Schools data released last week shows almost 15% of 2019 graduates had earned at least one college credit through a class at their high school, up from about 5% in 2014.

Between 2014 and 2018, the number of Chicago Public Schools students taking classes through the City Colleges of Chicago at their high schools has risen to 3,655 from 1,055. This chart shows how many courses were offered at each of the seven City Colleges of Chicago campuses.