Figure out what Magnet Schools you are in-neighborhood for (uh, if any)
Well, it took me some time to run across this link — calling CPS, getting transferred a couple time until I finally got a woman who asked me nicely “have you ever heard of a website called CPS.edu?” Why yes. Yes I have. (Reference to Phineas and Ferb there for you fans.)
This is the link where you can find out what magnet schools you qualify for as being in-neighborhood. The range is something like a 1.5 mile radius (someone correct me if I’m wrong there.) The actuallys show a circle so I don’t know what happens if you live on a corner just outside the circle.
This is relevant if CPS continues with the new plan to give 40% of magnet seats to neighborhood kids.
I entered my address. Nothing. Nope, no advantage for me.
I tried entering an address assuming I lived across the street from Hawthorne. Three choices. Yeah. Not cool. Not fair. Someone’s going to have to make a computer model that figures out the most advantageous area in which to live to get into a magnet. Or hey, maybe once they start going the neighborhood route, they won’t be quite so elite any more.
In any case, try it out and report what you find for your neighborhood. I’m curious.
Select “Accept” (this should bring up a viewer page that I can’t directly link to
Go to the bottom left and type your address
Click on “Find schools in your vicinity” (you can also narrow it down using the drop downs on the right)
Under “Select appropriate address” click on your address
Click on one of the schools and a map will come up with your home in the center and a circle around it
I am assuming this is a 1.5 mile radius (based roughly on the distance in the map.)
So if you input the address of a magnet school, you should be able to see the neighborhood radius.
Disclaimer: Always triple check before assuming any map you see on the CPS web site is accurate. Boundaries change, informatio is not always correct, and often you can’t find 2 people in CPS to give you the same information.