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Hidden Gems High School Fair Sunday Sept 27 at Lake View High School 1-4pm

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

1:00-4:00 PM

Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland, 60613

Register Now!

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

September 26, 2015 at 5:57 pm 6 comments

Fall 2015 Selective Enrollment High School Open House Schedule

Look at those cars!

Look at those cars!

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:

November 14, 2015* Early scores before app deadline
November 21, 2015* Early scores before app deadline
December 12, 2015
January 23, 2016
January 30, 2016
*Students who take the test in November 2015 will receive their test results and final point scores prior to the December 11th application deadline. (CPSO note: this allows your child greater understanding of their scoring “position” before they rank their schools and can help set expectations earlier in the process.)
The test will be offered at four sites:  King College Preparatory High School, Lane Tech High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, and Young Magnet High School

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:

September 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm 200 comments

Neighborhood / Magnet High School Information


As requested, please use this thread to ask questions, share, and learn about some of the non-SEHS offerings in the city.

Parents with kids at a neighborhood high school, please share your thoughts to help get the word out.

I’ll copy the comments from the other high school thread over here as soon as I have a chance.

February 26, 2015 at 10:26 am 178 comments

High School Acceptances 2015

Lincoln Park HS, built 1899

Lincoln Park HS, built 1899

Days away.  Best of luck to everyone in finding the school that is the best fit for their child, whether that is SEHS, magnet, neighborhood, charter, private, or high school homeschooling (AGH.)

Letters are due to mail out by this Friday 2/17 which means some people *may* see mail on Saturday, but most likely Monday.

How are your kids doing?  Any advice from parents who have gone through this before?

Lots of details here:


February 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm 818 comments

Comparing SEHS Admission Systems in Chicago, NYC, and Boston


Chart Source: Gotham Gazette, Map Source: Princeton University Press


This interesting article in the Gotham Gazette compared the selective enrollment entry systems of NYC, Boston, and Chicago and the resulting racial balance of students within those schools.

Of the three, NYC SEHSs are the least racial balanced to population due to their one-score entry process.  Chicago is considered the best balanced (only one to use the Tier system.)  The article also points out that we have the most SE highs schools (and the highest % of students enrolled in SEHSs.)  Boston has only 3 SEHSs and is pretty well balanced, despite the lack of using race/socio-economic status.  Perhaps having fewer schools impacts this in some way?

About NYC:

The city admit students to their selective high schools via a one-test-score system.  No Tiers, no grades, no standardized test.  It all comes down to how well you do that one day on that one test.

This article points out: “Tweaking the exam is about all the power that the City can exercise over the admissions policy to its specialized high schools. The test-only mandate for entry has been enshrined in state law since 1972. De Blasio, though, spoke about altering the admissions process to these schools as a mayoral candidate and has followed up similarly since taking office. He has expressed a belief that a single multiple choice test can not adequately measure a young person’s potential and a vision for more diverse student bodies at these elite schools.”

We’ve discussed Stuyvesant HS in NYC before, which has a very high percentage of Asian students (something like 70%?!?).  According to this chart, Asian students dominate the entire NYC selective high school system, comprising 60% of students vs. 15% of the population.  Impressive!  Conversely, Af-Am and Hispanic students are getting very few SEHS seats in NYC.   I’d be curious to see how racial makeup would look in Chicago if we just used the one admission test.

The article has a very good/simple/accurate description of the progress of the admission system in Chicago.  If you’ve ever wondered about that, check out the link.

November 22, 2014 at 10:08 am 98 comments

Fall 2014: Applying to High School

SEHS Open House Dates 2014

Use this thread to ask questions, post news about open houses (any type of high school) and share testing info.

I’ll try to get more open house dates from the other (non-SEHS high schools) to post.

In the meantime, SEHS Open House dates are above.

Man, that can take up a LOT of time!  Choosing the early test option (that allows your child to know their score early) can help make the touring process more efficient as you may be able to eliminate certain schools from your repertoire (and may want to include others to widen your net.)

Which reminds of me of the CPSObsessed reader High School Mantra:  CAST A WIDE NET

September 28, 2014 at 10:50 am 652 comments

Hidden Gems High School Fair Sept 28th

That time of year is coming up… the time to start lookin’ at schools!  Yeah!

I don’t know what’s better than a fair with rides and corndogs, than a school fair with tables, flyers, and Principals!

Truly though, these school fairs are a great way to meet a lot of the leaders of some of the “off the radar” high schools.

Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows that the key theme for parents when applying to high schools is “cast a wide net.”  That net will feel much more strategic and comfortable if you really get to know some of the high school options in the city.  I had a lot of great one on one conversations there last year.  The list ranges from neighborhood high schools to private, so take you pick.

I have more high school open house info, as soon as I get organized and find it.  If you know of other events parents should know about to tour the high schools, feel free to post in the comments.


“Hidden Gems” Chicago High School Fair presented by Chicago School GPS

Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 2-5 p.m.

St. Benedict College Preparatory High School, 3900 N. Leavitt (enter on Bell, south of Irving Park Road)

RSVP online for reduced admission and a chance to win raffle prizes

Join Chicago School GPS at our 3rd Annual Hidden Gems High School Fair where we will introduce you to “hidden gem” public and private Chicago high school options.  This event is geared to middle school parents and students.  In addition to hearing from “hidden gem” high schools in a forum setting, parents can attend planned seminars on:

  • High school admissions process

  • Private school scholarships

  • Executive functioning for middle schoolers

  • “Mini boot camp” on entrance essays

  • Entrance test strategies, and

  • Peer to peer info sessions for middle schoolers.

Come learn how to “widen your net” and find multiple Chicago high schools to meet your family’s needs!

Participating Schools include public, charter, independent, parochial, and boarding schools.  The list so far:
St. Benedict’s Prep
Beacon Academy
Wolcott School
Chicago Academy for the Arts
Intrinsic School
Chicago Hope Academy
Chicago HS for the Arts(ChiArts)
Harbridge College Prep Academy
Westinghouse College Prep
DePaul College Prep (Gordon Tech)
Disney II Magnet
Resurrection College Prep
Alcott College Prep
Chicago Waldorf School
Rickover Naval Academy
Global Citizenship Experience
Senn High School
Luther North
GEMS World Academy
St. Patrick High School
Willows Academy
Lake View High School
Chicago Virtual Charter School
La Lumiere School
De La Salle Institute
British School of Chicago
Amundsen High School
Notre Dame for Girls
Noble Network
Scattergood Friends School
Von Steuben (Scholars)
Notre Dame College Prep



September 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm 111 comments

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