ECSS Pathways

What sets us Apart?


Technology training, college degree credit and a well-rounded high school education.

STEM schools connect high school, college and the world of work to prepare students for technology jobs of the future. Our dynamic partnerships allow students to work with leading professionals, acquire industry certifications and earn significant college credit while completing a rigorous high school program. Together, CPS, colleges and our corporate partners are pioneering a new vision for college and career readiness.

Emphasis on the T in STEM

All students receive a four-year technology course sequence, teaching students how to become innovators and creators of technology. Students create programs, build mobile apps and websites, network systems and configure servers.  After sophomore year, students choose from several technology electives: programming, networking, IT/databases.  These courses earn Early College credit that counts towards an Associate Degree, and include a variety of industry certifications.

Corporate partners help prepare students for college and career

Michele Clark’s lead corporate partner, for example, is Cisco Systems. The company designs, manufactures and sells computer networking equipment. Cisco provides mentors and offers students exposure to the world of work through site visits, job shadowing and internship opportunities. Cisco also provides training and industry certifications.

Early College credits in high school

Early College means students earn high school and college credit for the same course. Beginning junior year, eligible students will earn college credit for two required technology courses. In addition, students can earn college credits for other rigorous courses while in high school with the goal of completing an Associate Degree. Students may take Early College classes here or on the Malcolm X College campus. Early College credits are accepted by most Illinois colleges and universities.

Project-based and work-based learning

Students collaborate on projects such as robotics, building mobile apps and research. They learn to solve problems, utilize critical thinking skills, and present their findings using various media. Michele Clark is equipped with five computer labs to provide students with the necessary equipment and instruction to become ready to succeed in careers and college.

In the ECSS program, industry organizations and individuals also provide work-based learning activities to show students the relevance of what they are learning for their future, and the skills needed and valued by employers.


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