Some updates from GEAP
I called the GEAP office this week to confirm that the letters will mail out this Friday, March 20th. They will. She said they take them right to the post office.
I also asked how many kids took the Gifted test for entry into Kindergarten this year. 1023 kids. Wow, that is a lot of testing manpower required.
There are 7 regional gifted centers that start at the Kindergarten level, so there are 196 Kindergarten spots to fill. Now, according to this interesting page I found on the CPS site, there are 28,975(!) Kindergarteners in the city. In theory, about the top 2% of kids are truly gifted. Based on that, CPS *should* have 580 gifted Kindergarten spots. So by my calculation, they owe us 384 spots. I also know that kids get into the programs who test below the 98th percentile. So I think that means that there are some super smart kids out there who probably never take the test because their parents don’t know about all that testing crap and nobody takes the time to walk them through the process. Hopefully CPS is serving those kids well.
Some other interesting facts I found:
-There are 666 schools in CPS (gotta love that)
-CPS is 9% White
-CPS is 84% Low Income
-CPS spends $11K per kid on education (sometimes I wonder if they’d do better just sending the whole city to private school)
Check it out for more facts:
Edited to add: I had to come back later to double check that 28,975 Kindergarten number. Seriously, I can’t believe there are that many Kindergarten kids in this city. It boggles my mind. If only we could harness their energy somehow it could power the whole city of Chicago.