What is a TIER anyways?
Every Chicago address falls within a specific census tract. There are six socio-economic characteristics for each census tract: (1) median family income, (2) percentage of single-parent households, (3) percentage of households where English is not the first language, (4) percentage of homes occupied by the homeowner, (5) level of adult education attainment, and (6) the achievement scores from attendance area schools for the students who live in each census tract.
Based on the results of each of these six areas, each census tract is given a specific score; these scores are ranked and divided into four groups – or ‘tiers’ -- each consisting of approximately the same number of school-age children. This is how we establish the four tiers. Consequently, every Chicago address falls into one of the four tiers, based on the characteristics mentioned above.
It's easy to find your TIER!!
1. Use CPS School Locator website.
2. Type in your address.
3. Click the icon in the upper right corner called "Overlays".
4. Find "CPS Tiers" and click
5. A yellow pushpin will appear on the map, which is your address. Then, put your cursor on the yellow pushpin and your Tier will be appear.