Posts filed under ‘High school’
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!
|St. Benedict’s Prep|
|Chicago Academy for the Arts|
|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|
|GEMS World Academy|
|St. Patrick High School|
|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|
|Scattergood Friends School|
|Von Steuben (Scholars)|
|Notre Dame College Prep|
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.
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.
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)
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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?