Rogers Park’s own Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) is the number 1 ranked charter high school in Illinois according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” annual report.
In addition, CMSA was one of only 115 high schools schools in Illinois to receive U.S. News & World Reports’ coveted Bronze Medal, which is awarded to “high-performing schools based on state exam performance.”
CMSA’s rankings are all the more impressive given that its students do not come from privileged backgrounds.
Ninety-eight percent of CMSA students are non-white and 95% qualify for free or reduced lunch, which means they come from families with incomes at or below 185% of the poverty income threshold. The vast majority of the students come from Rogers Park families where neither parent attended college.
Founded in Rogers Park in 2004, CMSA is focused on preparing students for college and the world beyond by offering high-quality, college-prep, STEM-focused education that changes the trajectory of students’ lives. Just as any other public school, CMSA is highly regulated and overseen by the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education.
Rogers Park families have a number of excellent choices on where to send their children to high school right in our neighborhood. We are very fortunate the Chicago Math and Science Academy is part of this mix.
Congratulations to CMSA!