A few years ago, Robeson had a healthy enrollment (192 just 5 years ago) and a competitive football program. Since then enrollment has fallen off a cliff with only 23 freshman last fall. The school seems to be on the verge of life support as they are thinking of closing the school - along with 3-5 other schools and making one new big high school.
I am getting reports that the CPS is thinking of closing 4-6 low enrollment south side schools and consolidating them into one super south side high school.
High Schools that could be on the chopping block:
Hope, Hirsch, Harper, Richards, Robeson, and TEAM Englewood.
Many of these schools have a total enrollment of 150 or fewer students for all 4 grades. This includes special education students. In some schools the enrollment numbers are anemic. For example, Robeson had only about 23 freshman last year- down from 192 just 5 years ago. TEAM Englewood had only about 15 freshman last fall.
One idea is to then open a hybrid school in the Englewood area. This hybrid could be 50% neighborhood kids and 50% selective enrollment. Another idea is to open a selective enrollment high school near the Chinatown area in between Jones and Dunbar.