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Why Teach at CPS?

Welcome to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS)! We are pleased that you're interested in teaching in our schools. The Chicago Public Schools district is the third largest in the United States, with over 600 schools and approximately 27,000 teachers and 440,000 students. Our size and diversity provide a broad range of teaching opportunities in magnet schools, small schools, year round schools, community schools and many others. To learn more about CPS, please visit the main CPS website at http://www.cps.k12.il.us.

Mentoring and Support

We support new teachers through the GOLDEN Teachers New Teacher Induction & Mentoring Program. First year teachers attend an orientation session and are assigned a mentor in their school by the principal, as well as having access to a web-based information system. To learn more about this program, please visit the GOLDEN Teachers website at http://goldenteachers.cps.k12.il.us.

Teach With the Best

Our teachers are often recognized as being among the best in Illinois and in the country. For example, we are proud to have 154 teachers who have received National Board Certification. The Chicago Public Schools welcome certified teachers from other states. We also offer an alternative certification program for those who are interested in a second career in teaching high needs subjects, such as math, science and special education. To learn more about alternative paths to teacher certification, visit the First Class website at http://www.cps-humanresources.org/firstclass/index.asp.

Excellence is a Priority

Excellence in the Chicago Public Schools is a priority for our Mayor, who leads by example. He has encouraged leaders of corporations and not-for-profit organizations in Chicago to become involved by 'adopting' individual schools and by participating in Principal for a Day. Local foundations have generously provided millions of dollars to support initiatives, such as community schools and museums in Chicago, who have entered into partnerships with us to use museum resources to support inquiry-based instruction.

Live and Work in Chicago

Chicago is a wonderful place to work and to live. The City has been recognized by numerous organizations as one of the most livable in the United States. To learn more about neighborhoods, as well as cultural and recreational resources in Chicago, please visit the City of Chicago's Office of Tourism at http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Tourism/.

Chicago Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 434419
No. of Schools: 633

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