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Barack Obama High School to be built in Chicago

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A new selective-enrollment high school, named after the president, bill be built in Chicago.

Barack Obama College Preparatory High School will be the eleventh selective-enrollment high school for Chicago Public Schools according to a statement from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“Approximately 70 percent of the school’s seats will be made available to students through the selective enrollment admissions process. The school will also establish a neighborhood preference for students to fill the remaining seats,” the statement said.

The inaugural freshman class will consist of about 300 students. Subsequent grade levels will be added each year until freshmen through seniors are enrolled. The school will ultimately enroll 1,200 students.

Construction will be funded through about $60 million in TIF funds.

The new school was expected to open for the 2017-2018 school year.

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