What Happened to Chicago Portfolio School? Students and Staff Want to Know

The controversy is just the latest as the relevance of portfolio schools comes into question

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Chicago Portfolio School (CPS), once an institution that steadily fed new talent to top agencies, has ceased operations after periods of disorganization and lulls in communication, six former students and five instructors tell Adweek.

Administrators cut off contact before the winter quarter, which was scheduled to begin in January.

The school’s website shut down in February, CPS has not been active on social media since June 2022, and, according to sources, ended its Slack subscription, which blocks users from viewing past messages.



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