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Local Enrollment for Neighborhood High Schools

Thanks to HSObsessed for passing on WBEZ’s Tweet with this interesting data on the % of students at each neighborhood high school who live within the school’s boundaries.

I’ve included those with 1000 students or more and highlighted those with high and low local enrollment.  As HSO points out, on the north side, LVHS and Amundsen have a very low share of local students, while Senn seems to be attracting the neighborhood families (despite having selective programs (IB and arts.))

I think this is also interesting given the “sorting” article we just discussed.  that even aside from the SEHS, there is sorting going on.  Lots of kids are travelling out of their own neighborhoods to other high schools, meaning a neighborhood HS is not a neighborhood HS in the eyes of many Chicago families.  There is some kind of motivation to seek out a different (better) option.

 

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July 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm 74 comments

WTTW Digital Series on Selective Enrollment High School Admission – 5 students

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I’ve been meaning to post this for a while – WTTW has done a nice web series on the SE enrollment process, following 5 kids from different elementary schools through the process.   The episodes are a nice length – 15-18 minutes each, so it’s easy viewing.

http://interactive.wttw.com/centralstandard/watch

The episodes are also on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfIA-s73kCM

Most of us know about the process already so that part won’t be as newsworthy, but the fascinating part is getting a glimpse at some of these schools (both elementary and high school.)  I’ve noted a few episodes that are particularly interesting and some quotes/thoughts on them.  This was really my first time seeing the Disney pods! charter schools, a turnaround school, and some of the SE High schools.

Episode 2 highlights the 5 students’ elementary schools:

Wilmette Junior High: “Every single kid in our class is a masterpiece.”

UNO (Charter:) “There’s a strong expectation of behavioral compliance.”

Disney (Magnet:) “You have 7 classrooms in a pod, without any walls. It’s essentially an open space.” (See the principal and the open spaces)

Marquette School of Excellence (AUSL/Turnaround:) We are in a very data-driven mindset because we want the students to grow. But data doesn’t just come from test scores, it comes from natural observation too.”

District 149 STEM, Calumet City – 1 building with 3 “small schools” within it: “What I want to do is make you the most employable kids in the country.”

Episode 6 shows several high school options (could be a great preview for 8th graders to understand what to expect a bit on the tours)

Lane Tech

Brooks

Whitney Young

New Trier

Jones

Golder College Prep (Noble Charter)

Episode 7 is about the administration at the elementary schools:

AUSL – Teachers have an open door policy for observation, teachers share feedback with each other to help each other improve, share best practice

UNO – I’m sorry, I can’t get past the principal phrasing everything like it’s a question?

Wilmette Junior High – just skip past the stuff about their arts program and new science lab or you’ll cry

Disney – Arts CPS-style, looks fun

STEM Cal City – The superintendent discusses Urban Prep wanting to open a charter in the district

 

I haven’t watched through the end yet to see what happens with the kids.  If you comment, please remember that these are real kids/families, so no judgy comments about them.

July 6, 2014 at 10:51 pm 45 comments

Shift in Racial Demos at 4 Selective Enrollment High Schools

Interesting article in the Sun Times today. Thanks to those who sent me links.

Now that CPS cannot balance these schools by race, but rather are using socio economic factors as the balancing tool, White and Hispanic students are getting more seats.

 

See original link for some nice charts:

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/whites-getting-more-spots-top-chicago-public-high-schools/sun-04272014-434pm

I can’t copy the charts, but they show the shifts by race at PaNJY (did I get that acronym right?) Payton/Northside/Jones/Young.

It’s intereseting the Payton is the most white-dominant school of these 4 and has grown increasingly Whiter since the end of the consent decree.

WYoung is the most diverse.

Jones is almost equal on White and Hispanic students.

Northside continues to have few Black students.

STORY FROM THE SUNTIMES:

More white students are walking the halls at Chicago’s top four public high schools.

At Walter Payton College Prep on the Near North Side, more than 41 percent of freshmen admitted the past four years have been white, compared to 29 percent in 2009, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of Chicago Public Schools data has found.

At Jones College Prep in the South Loop, 38 percent of this year’s freshman class is white, compared to 29 percent four years ago.

In 2010 — the first year race was no longer used to determine the makeup of Chicago schools — the percentage of white freshmen at Northside College Prep in North Park rose from 37 percent to 48 percent.

And at Whitney Young College Prep on the Near West Side, the percentage of black freshmen has steadily declined in the past three years, while the percentage of whites has risen.

The increase in the number of white students fulfills the predictions of education observers that minority students would be edged out of slots at the city’s top schools as a result of a 2009 ruling by U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras lifting a 1980 consent decree that had required Chicago’s schools to be desegregated, with no school being more than 35 percent white.

“We saw that coming in 2009,” says Julie Woestehoff, executive director of the group Parents United for Responsible Education.

As things now stand, Woestehoff says, “I consider these schools to be gated communities for children of privilege.”

Since Kocoras lifted the desegregation order, CPS has built a new, bigger campus for Jones, allowing the school to increase its freshmen class by more than 100 students this year.

And Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced plans to expand Payton and to build a new selective-enrollment high school on the North Side, to be named for President Barack Obama, that’s set to open in 2017 and eventually will have 1,200 students — all in an effort to keep middle-class families in Chicago.

“Isn’t it interesting that, when the system was based on race, there weren’t as many slots,” Woestehoff says. “I think it would be really great to see these North Side institutions provide more opportunities for black and Hispanic kids.”

The Chicago school system now has 10 “selective-enrollment” high schools. Students are admitted to these based on their standardized test results, admissions test scores and grades, as well as on socioeconomic criteria. Five of the schools — Brooks, King, Lindblom, South Shore and Westinghouse, all on the South Side and the West Side — see few applications from whites and have virtually no white students.

Instead, when white students apply for admission to a selective-enrollment high school, they often target Northside, Payton, Jones and Whitney Young, the highest-ranking schools in Chicago in terms of test scores and also among the tops in the state. They also apply to Lane Tech, the city’s No. 5-ranked high school, where the number of white students has held relatively steady, at 30 percent, the past six years.

“The district values diversity and, as such, strives to find a balance and create socioeconomic diversity in the schools,” CPS spokesman Joel Hood says. “We feel we’ve struck a good balance, as the schools are more successful than ever, and demand for seats is ever-increasing.”

Thirty percent of the seats at each selective-enrollment high school go to the students with the highest scores, school officials say.

The other 70 percent are chosen based on their test scores — as well as a formula that CPS created to divide the city into four “tiers” based on the census tracts where students live.

Each tier includes about 109,000 students. The tiers are recalculated every year based on five socioeconomic benchmarks: median household income, adult education levels and the percentages of single-parent households, owner-occupied homes and non-English speakers.

The system is supposed to make it easier for students from lower-income families to find a spot in a selective-enrollment high school. So, on average, students from the higher tiers must have better scores than those in the lower tiers.

The system doesn’t always fulfill its goal, though, of placing lower-income students on a more-level playing field with students from richer families, the Sun-Times analysis found. In some cases, students from lower-income areas are in the same tier with students from the city’s wealthiest areas.

Here is a breakdown of the four tiers CPS is using to admit freshmen in the coming school year:

• Tier 4 includes the Gold Coast, the city’s richest census tract, where median household income is $304,666. It also includes homes near 95th and Halsted on the South Side, where the median income is $42,112.

• Tier 3 includes 13 census tracts in which median-income levels top $100,000. The richest is in Lincoln Park around Fullerton and Clark, where median income is $191,181. The lowest median income in this tier is $25,150 for a part of Edgewater, also on the North Side.

• Tier 2 includes a Little Italy census tract in which the median income is $79,181 and a section of Englewood where it’s $13,742.

• Tier 1 includes a section of Little Village where the median income is $47,244 and an area around 26th and State, where it’s $10,289.

Chicago school officials have drawn criticism in the past for denying admission to hundreds of students with top admission scores while admitting lower-performing students recommended by politicians and others with clout.

Even with the tier system, school administrators can admit a student with a lower score — for example, an athlete or someone with a disability.

The Sun-Times examination of top admission choices by incoming freshman — the schools they wanted to attend most — found that:

• Last year at Northside, 118 Tier 4 freshman who had scores between 900 — the highest possible score — and 816 were selected for enrollment, according to the CPS data. Another 208 Tier 4 applicants with scores higher than 816 were rejected — including one student whose score was 890.

• Lane selected 205 Tier 4 applicants, whose scores ranged between 900 and 586, while rejecting 664 Tier 4 students who had scores between 830 and 586.

• Young picked 74 Tier 3 freshman who made Young their No. 1 choice, with scores between 900 and 565, while rejecting 442 Tier 3 kids with scores between 859 and 565.

CPS officials say 650 generally is the cutoff for admission to the selective-enrollment high schools.

Contributing: Art Golab, Max Rust

April 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm 419 comments

New Selective Enrollment High School opening

 

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What’s that? A new SEHS in Chicago?!

Well, lookee here – some interesting news out of CPS.

Obama Selective Enrollment High school will open the year my son is a freshman.

What do you guys think of this?

 

A new selective enrollment high school named after President Barack Obama will be built near the former site of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today.

The new high school, near the intersection of Division and Halsted streets, will open in fall 2017 with a freshman class of 300 students, and will add more students in following years, according to a release from the mayor’s office.

The school will ultimately have 1,200 students, the release said.

About 70 percent of the seats will be available to students through the selective enrollment process. The school will establish a neighborhood preference to fill the remaining seats, according to the release.

jebyrne@tribune.com

April 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm 289 comments

High School Letter Post 2014

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3 years away and counting…. for my son.  Man, it goes fast!

High school letters will be mailed out on Friday, February 21.  Students will have until March 7th to choose their 1 school.

Cutoff scores will be posted next week (week of 2/24.)
Here are OAE’s FAQs on the letters with info on the process and Principal Discretion.

http://cpsmagnet.org/FAQs%20–%202014-2015%20Notification%20Process.pdf

For now, those of you with 8th graders can start the final countdown to knowing WHERE your child will be attending high school.  What a big fork in the road, leaving most of their elementary classmates and heading to bigger buildings in new locations.  Sniff, sniff, I get a little teary-eyed thinking about it.

On a bright note, it’s a chance to branch out, meet new kids from all across the city and exert some independence, breaking free from schools where they are still housed with Kindergarteners.

I hear the private school letters have gone out already.  Any news on those?

Good luck to everyone.  May your wide net casted pay off now.

February 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm 1,293 comments

Change in test scores allowed from private schools for SEHS

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Ok, this is going to be a lot of “I heard” and “my understanding is” because I don’t know exactly what has gone down or why this bubbled to the surface lately.  But…

My understanding is that some Chicago private schools have been administering their 7th grade standardized test (most privates do not use the ISATs) twice during the same year to students.  The school then allowed the student to submit the higher test score to CPS for their selective enrollment calculation.   I believe the tests were spaces several months apart, possibly one in Fall and one in Spring.

Private school kids have also always been allowed to take the ISAT and submit those scores if they’re preferable (the ISAT having a reputation as being easier than the private school tests, although anecdotely I know someone who score better on the private test.)

In any case, this past week, CPS decided to limit these schools from allowing kids to submit the higher of the test scores and CPS has contacted the schools to let them know that current 7th graders (and I assume 5th graders for AC?) would be allowed to submit only one score, and it would be one that CPS determined.  I keep hearing different things, but most recently heard that it would be the Fall test (first test taken?)  So a student who thought they had until Spring to prepare has now learned that they will be “stuck” with a test already taken, potentially as practice/warm-up.

Again, I could be wrong about which test they can submit, as I hear different things.  In addition, I’ve heard that it *may* also affect current 8th graders, but that isn’t confirmed (actually none of this is “confirmed” but rather told to me by parents.)

Similarly, CPS students don’t know as of now, which 7th/5th grade test scores will be used next year.

It’s a tough situation.  It seems to make sense that OAE has cracked down, but a drag if you have a kid caught in the 7th grade (maybe 8th grade?) class when the change was made.   I suppose in fairness, once the public school test is announced, then everyone can take that, including private school kids, and they’ll all be on a level playing field.

What do you think? Was it fair to the private school 7th graders to change the rules on them at this point?  Or was it just a given that taking the same test twice shouldn’t be allowed and therefore the timing doesn’t matter?

December 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm 509 comments

High School “Hidden Gems” School Fair Sunday 9/22

Hidden Gems Fair

Chicago School GPS is holding a high school “hidden gems” fair this weekend.  http://www.chischoolgps.com/Home_Page.html

Follow the link to register.  Admission is $20/family at the door or $10 if you register in advance.

As of today, there will be 27 high schools at the fair.  What a great chance to find out about a lot of schools in one place!

Gordon Tech
Chicago HS for the Arts(ChiArts)
Chicago Academy for the Arts
Holy Trinity High School
Alcott High School
Senn High School
Chicago Waldorf School
St. Benedict’s Prep
Queen of Peace High School
Global Citizenship Experience
Wolcott School
Luther North
Resurrection College Prep
Beacon Academy (Montessori)
Intrinsic School
Providence St. Mel
Lycee Francais
Disney II
Regina Dominica
Notre Dame College Prep
Westinghouse College Prep
Willows Academy
Chicago Hope Academy
Notre Dame for Girls
ASPIRA Early College Prep
British School
Lindblom Math & Science

September 18, 2013 at 12:28 am 430 comments

2013 SEHS Application and Acceptance Rates

Sorry it took me so long to run these numbers.  I’m finally having a true lazy weekend (and am using it for fun stuff like this as well as tackling the final storage locker frontier from my move a year ago.)

This show the 3 of acceptances by Tier compared to the # of applications by Tier for each school.  I made an assumption that each student applied to 5 schools to estimate the number of unique applicants.  For Tier 4, I assume kids applied to only 4.5 schools because… well, we know how Tier 4 people based on what has been written here in the past.  I’ll see if CPS will give me the # of applicants by Tier.

As you can see, Tier 4 kids have the best shot at admission, likely due to the Rank seats being filled by their higher scores.  If my estimates about 3 of applicants is correct, then nearly half of Tier 4 kids who apply get a spot somewhere.  (I did the calculation for the 4 “top” schools that Tier 4 parents seem to desire and the odds of getting in at one of NSCP, WY, Payton, Jones is 26%.)  Tier 1 and 2 kids have the worst odds of getting in overall.

You can see that Westinghouse or South Shore would be a pretty good place for tier 4 kids to land, given the much higher odds of entry there.

Lane was the school that had the most Tier 4 applicants, while W Young had the most from all the other tiers.

Updated with # of students from OAE.

Updated with # of students from OAE.

 

July 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm 134 comments

Disney II High School (and other schools still open)

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The application period for Disney II Magnet High School is opened.  I didn’t realize it will require Stanine 5 in Reading and Math (although now I think I recall some of you mentioning this.  True, it’s not a SE level cut-off but it certainly should set the school apart in that every student will be average or above.

Will there be a proximity lottery and tiers as with other magnets?  I assume so…  And we’ve heard that Disney II elem kids will get automatic entry to this school, regardless of stanine, correct?

Who do you think the school will initially attract?  I feel like most kids have made peace with their high school decision so this is probably a good year to get in… when other people have already made up their minds about other schools.

I noticed that there are charters that are still taking students.  I guess they can’t pull any off the 10,000 kid waiting list?  (or whatever that number was…)

http://www.disneyiimagnet.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=194329&type=d&pREC_ID=391864

FROM CPS.

Disney II Magnet High School

Disney II Magnet School will expand to the high school level in fall 2013. The program will offer a college prep curriculum with an emphasis on fine

arts and technology integration. Located at 3900 N. Lawndale Ave., Disney II Magnet’s high school campus will open at the ninth grade and add one grade each year until it serves grades 9-12.

Students will be selected through a computerized lottery; to be eligible for the lottery, students must have minimum stanines of 5 in both reading comprehension and total math on their seventh grade ISAT (or another acceptable standardized test).  Students with an IEP or 504 Plan must have seventh grade reading and math stanines that equal at least 10.

Click here for an application.  Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Access and Enrollment, 125 S. Clark St., 10th floor, Chicago, IL 60603, and must be received no later than June 7, 2013, at 5 p.m.  (If you mail your application, it is strongly recommended that you enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard/envelope with your application. The postcard/envelope will be returned to you as a receipt.)

CTE-College and Career Academies

Several CTE-College and Career Academies are still accepting applications.  Programs offered by the schools include Early Childhood Education, Business, Pre-Engineering, Culinary Arts, Game Programming and Web Design, and many others!  Click here for a list of schools still accepting applications.  Call the schools directly for more information.

Nobel Charter Schools

Four campuses in the Nobel Charter School network are still accepting incoming ninth graders:

 

Auburn Gresham College Prep:  8748 S. Aberdeen St.

Contact Ms. Ayala at 773-729-3400

 

DRW Trading College Prep:  931 S. Homan Ave.

Contact Ms. Loving at 773-893-4500

 

Johnson College Prep: 6350 S. Stewart Ave.

Contact Ms. Delgado at 312-348-1888

 

Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy:  3645 W. Chicago Ave.

Contact Ms. DeJesus at 773-242-2212

 

For additional Noble campus enrollment information, contact 773-278-6895.

 

Other Charter Schools

A limited number of additional charter and contract elementary and high schools throughout the city are still accepting applications.  Click the links below for more information!

Elementary School Charter Options

High School Charter Options

April 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm 125 comments

SEHS news and numbers from OAE

Here is the other news from OAE:

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Application Stats

There were 17,496 kids who applied for SEHS
15.206 qualified for the SE test
14,393 took the test
4,340 (30%) got an SE offer.

Of those who got an offer:

41% got their 1st choice
19% got their 2nd choice
12% got their 3rd choice
11% got their 4th choice
8% got their 5th choice
8% got their 6th choice

There are not any second rounds planned for this year as CPS has gotten progressively better about estimating the response rate for the schools.  It’s not utterly impossible, but unlikely.

The scores this year “nudged down slightly” for the most part.  So for a change, no increases in the cutoffs, likely due to adding 300+ extra seats.  There are a few tiers within a few schools that went up but we likely won’t see the big leaps we saw the past 2 years.

Cutoffs will be posted on Monday 2/25.

The IB schools will continue to call down their own waitlist as spots are turned down there (which there likely will be due to kids getting multiple spots.)

February 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm 329 comments

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