About Bravo Waukegan
From alive to thriving, we have supported music education in Waukegan for 9 years and counting.
To foster academic, artistic and personal growth for Waukegan public school students through music.
To provide the highest quality resources to children who want to play music and to faculty who want to teach it.
To build a stronger Waukegan community and empower students, using music as a connector and a common language.
The Community We Serve
The city of Waukegan is the largest city in Lake County with a population of 89,877 residents. The demographics have shifted since 2000 with a significant increase in the Hispanic or Latino population, now making up 53.4% of the community. The origin of this population goes beyond Mexico to include Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain and countries from Central and South America.
The Waukegan school district (CUSD) 60 has 15,872 students with the top three ethnic populations being Hispanic 78%, Black 14%, White 4%.
Other characteristics include:
- Low Income 65%
- English Learners 35%
- With Disabilities 15%
- Homeless 3%
All students in the District are enrolled in the Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast Program, as the vast majority of the student population household income falls within the guidelines mandated by the state for this program. In terms of academic success, Waukegan students lag behind the state average, meaning 14.8% are ready for the next grade level compared to the state’s 34%. College readiness statistics for Waukegan are low at 18% compared to the state’s 46%. The good news is more than half of graduating seniors enroll at colleges and universities, however this falls behind the Illinois average of 72%.
Students Studying Music Achieve More
The District’s music participation data shows that Waukegan High School students who study music outperform their non-music peers.
WPS High School Music Student Statistics
Music Students = All students who took at least one performance-based music class while at WHS
AP Participation Rate refers to the number of students who took advanced placement courses.
Attendance rate was measured Senior Year only.
The average GPAs includes all Senior students, graduating and non-graduating.
City of Waukegan official website
Illinois At-A-Glance Report Card, 2018 – 2019
Illinois Census Data, 2018
WPS 60 Music Participation Data
MARY LAMPING, PhD
HECTOR RASGADO, PhD
EUGENE HOTCHKISS, PhD
MARY JO PAPICH