You may recall I mentioned a documentary movie that was being made last year about the Selective Enrollment high school process and experience, focused on Whitney Young. The movie has been shown/accepted at several film festivals and is finally ready for viewing and will be shown at Young this upcoming week on Oct 19, 20, 21, and 22 (Mon – Thurs.)
The movie is very engaging and gives some great insight about the selective enrollment high school experience for a range of students. It is, of course, a unique way to learn more about Whitney Young and the administration and students as well as the competitive (and sometimes stressful) experience in being in a school full of very intelligent kids. There is true drama in the film and best of all, a rare chance to see one of the SEHS up close and personal.
FYI I am interviewed in the movie (and as a pointer, if you are ever going to be interviewed for a movie, brush your hair well and put on lipstick — this will be abundantly clear if you see me.)
Through the not-for-profit documentary selectED which combines unscripted programming and original music, we will tell the magical story of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and its leaders, students, teachers and parents. SelectED will illustrate to the world the great things that are going on at Whitney Young. It takes the audience through a school that is a true melting pot, a unique environment that broadens and enhances students’ education, tolerance levels and world views. It shows what is possible when every student is on a level playing field where they can realize the school’s tradition of excellence.
We will reach people interested in education, diversity, excellence, community and more specifically, the magic which is Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.
As a quick review, Academic Centers are for 7-8th grade (apply in 6th grade.) Entry into an AC guarantees you a high school spot in that school (and you can still apply to other schools for high school if you wish.) Students can earn up to 8 HS credits while in an AC.
International Gifted Programs are for grades 6-8 (apply in 5th grade.) The program includes intensive study of English, French, social studies, laboratory science, mathematics, technology, arts, physical education, library science, and advanced research. The International Gifted Program is designed to allow intellectually able students to be schooled in their least restrictive environment and to mature at an accelerated pace.
Cutoff scores from last year:
Late posting, but the Hidden Gems fair is tomorrow. This is a great (overwhelming) place to meet many of the high school options for (CPSO mantra…say it with me now…) Casting a Wide Net!
Public, private, parochial, charter and even a boarding school will be there!
I was able to have some great one on one conversations with principals there in the past.
A few test prep places and other vendors will be there. Eat a big breakfast, it takes a lot of energy to navigate due to such widespread school attendance.
“Hidden Gems” High School Fair
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Admission is only $15/family with pre-registration
($25/family at the door)
Need-based vouchers are available upon request.
Pre-registrants are eligible to win raffle prizes. All attendees receive discounts on CSG Services.
Knowing how to cast your net wide and increase your options is KEY to a successful Chicago high school search. Join Chicago School GPS as we bring together over 30 participating schools, each with unique qualities that you may not have known about prior to coming to our Hidden Gems Fair. PLUS, learn how to maximize success for entrance testing, search tips and great grades in high school by partaking in one of our many informative breakout sessions. Join us for afternoon designed to make your high school journey a successful one!
Our invaluable break out sessions offer insights for parents and students alike.
Middle School Parents and Students can learn:
Navigating the high school admissions process
Entrance test tips & strategies
Private school scholarships
Planning for success in High School & beyond
Middle School Students can attend:
Peer to peer info session Q&A with current HS students
Admission essay “how-to” session for middle schoolers
- “Getting Ahead!”: Executive Functioning skills for success
The open house schedule is posted. I have them grouped by weekend. I know these schools get long lines of applicants. Is there any policy about bringing 7th graders? I’d like my kid to get a sense of what this is all about (possibly as study motivation.) It’s hard to get a kid excited about a conceptual school, ya know?
The official CPS link to it is here, if you want a nice printable version.
Selective Enrollment High School Open Houses
Open House Events for 2016-2017 School Year
Jones College Prep High School
606 S. State St.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Young Magnet High School
211 S. Laflin St.
Sunday, October 18, 2015 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hancock College Prep High School
4034 W. 56th St.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 9 a.m. to 12 noon
King College Prep High School
4445 S. Drexel Blvd.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Lane Tech High School
2501 W. Addison St.
Sunday, November 1, 2015 12 noon to 3 p.m.
South Shore International High School
1955 E. 75th St.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Westinghouse High School
3223 W. Franklin Blvd.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lindblom Math & Science Academy
6130 S. Wolcott St.
Sunday, November 8, 2015 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Northside College Prep High School
5501 N. Kedzie Ave.
Sunday, November 8, 2015 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brooks College Prep High School
250 E. 111th St.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 12-3pm
Payton College Prep High School
1034 N. Wells Ave.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SEHS Test dates
The Selective Enrollment High Schools admissions exam will be offered on the following dates for the 2016-2017 school year:
MAP Test dates for non-CPS Students:
CPS will continue to use the Northwestern Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) as the uniform assessment for all students applying to CPS programs with academic requirements for the 2016-2017 school year. (To receive updates about the application process for the 2017-2018 school year, click here.)
For students who do not currently attend a CPS school but intend to apply to grades 5-9 for CPS schools/programs with academic requirements, the NWEA MAP will be offered free of charge. The NWEA MAP is used by CPS to determine eligibility for selective enrollment elementary and high schools and other high schools with academic requirements, including college and career selective academies, International Baccalaureate high schools, magnet high schools and military academies.
For non-CPS students who registered for the test by September 11th, the test will be administered on Oct. 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2015. There will be one additional test date in January 2016 for students who register for the NWEA exam, or you registered after September 11, 2015. Click here to download and print the paper registration form and FAQs regarding the process. For more information, click here.
IMPORTANT! In addition to submitting the NWEA registration form, students who test in January MUST submit paper applications before the Dec. 11, 2015, deadline for the schools of their choice. Paper applications can be accessed here, beginning October 1, 2015, at 9 a.m.
After your child takes the second NWEA exam, the Office of Access and Enrollment will contact you on January 22, 2016, via email and robocall, to inform you whether or not your child is eligible to apply to the programs with admissions requirements. (Your child’s NWEA scores will be mailed to you in February 2016.)
CPS High School Guidebook:
I figured that since bussing creates a substantial amount of angst every year and people can benefit from sharing pointers, I’d start a Fall 2015 bus thread.
For those who are new to CPS bussing, it typically takes weeks (and sometimes lots of parent organization) to work out the bus schedules. I haven’t seen any complaints on Facebook yet today. Maybe this is the year it all magically resolves and works like clockwork. I hope so!
I understand that some kids have been re-assigned to new pickup locations for consolidation which is also likely to complicate things.
Good luck to everyone riding the bus!
I travelled this past weekend, to a wonderful music festival in Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University. The festival was great – smallish, laid back, no drunken Lollapolloza-style idiots, lots of different music.
The town is a great college town: picturesque scenery, small downtownish college town (like a small scale Madison) and modern educational facilities. Apparently the school has beehttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/your-money/essays-about-work-and-class-that-caught-a-colleges-eye.html
n known for a long time as a top party school, with maybe a mid-tier academic reputation (certain majors are more respected, as with every school.) I’ve read that the acceptance rate is 73% so I figured it could make a good backup school for my son someday as I really liked the vibe of the town.
Out of state tuition with room an board: $32K
Ouch! I honestly don’t understand the pricing structure of
colleges these days. It feels so out of control. U of I isn’t much more than this school but it’s much more difficult to get into and the reputation is fairly better I believe. Of course it’s also depressing to think about how much we have to save for this, assuming we pay for my son’s entire undergrad efforts.
On another college topic, I saw this NYT article last week about top essays for college, a topic we’ve discussed before. I haven’t read them yet, but this article publishes some essays that really caught the eye of the admissions folks.
If you don’t read the article, here is an insightful excerpt: