Chicago school named after President Obama
A new selective enrollment high school slated to open in 2017 will be named after President Obama.
The Barack Obama College Preparatory High School will enroll 1,200 students from all over the city.
“We must seize every opportunity to ensure our students receive a world-class, 21st century education and that they are able to take advantage of the academic opportunities they have earned,” [Mayor Rahm] Emanuel said.
This will be CPS’s eleventh selective enrollment high school.
It will open in the fall of 2017 with an inaugural freshman class of nearly 300 students and will add subsequent grade levels each year following.
Approximately $60 million in TIF funds will fund the project, which will be built on Chicago Park District property near Skinner North Classical School on the near north side.
The school is near the old Cabrini-Green public housing project and will replace a park.
Selective enrollment schools are highly competitive with applications rising by 8 percent. Officials have rejected more than 2,400 students this year who qualified for admission because there were not enough seats available.
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