Gifted/Classical/Magnet Letters – Post Updates Here!

March 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm 429 comments

Is THIS what you're looking for?!

***UPDATE:  The office of Academic Enhancement  started mailing letters (gifted/classical/acad centers) Thursday 3/25 and there have been reports today (Friday 3/26) of Classical and Gifted school letter acceptances received.  It appears that only ACCEPTANCE letters have gone out yet.  So information is on its way…..***

***UPDATE 2: Saw this link on NPN that says that principals will find out Monday 3/29 whether their Pre-K for All will continue next year: ***

OK, fellow obsessers, this is our big week!

With just a few precincts reporting, we hear that letters from the following schools have been received so far:
Disney II
LaSalle II
Mark Sheridan

Apparently Franklin and Disney say that you need to come in to the school to find out your wait list number.  Efficient! (Insert eye roll.)

(I’ll update as the news comes in.)

GEAP reports that we’ll have gifted/classical scores by the end of the week (they may have more faith in the USPS than some of us do.)

So good luck to all.  (And remember, neighborhood schools are a wonderful place to be a part of.)

Also, please report if anything about TIER is mentioned in those letters.  How are those waiting lists ranked?  Are there 4 waiting lists?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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  • 1. 2ndtimearound  |  March 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Wow, it’s starting to sound like election results, except we are glued to our mailboxes and computers to find out the latest results. Has anyone checked District 299 to see if they have a post on any pf the results thus far? Maybe I’ll take a peek before I turn infor the night.

  • 2. Jen  |  March 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Well, we got our letter from Disney today, sadly we did not get in (that was our first choice). Still awaiting the GEAP letter. But, we put an application in to Chicago Friends — we think they’re a good private alternative. Although, we’d rather put our tax dollars to work for us!

  • 3. KMom  |  March 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    We received the letter from Franklin. We are on the waiting list. It doesn’t tell us how many are in front of us though.

  • 4. New at this  |  March 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Hoped you might know the answer to this-Prescott School is requiring that parents give a yes or no to K spots by the 25th of March. If I say yes while I am awaiting other letters, could this bar me from accepting another spot at a more preferred school? While I would prefer to not “play games” I haven’t received responses from 15 schools and the 25th is only a few days away. Thanks for any knowledge you have in this area!

  • 5. cpsobsessed  |  March 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Prescott is a neighborhood school, right?
    “Legally” (meaning in CPS,) you can take the spot and then give it up if you get in somewhere else.
    The other schools would have no way of knowing you’re registered there, nor would it matter. (That is assuming they made you actually register. If it’s just a “yes,” that is even more loosey-goosey.)

    Only with the gifted/classical schools where it’s managed by a central does that matter.

    But you can’t be registered at 2 schools at once, so as soon as you might decide to switch, let any other school know you are leaving them, then register for the other one. And follow up. I talked to one family a few years ago who lost a spot because a school office clerk told another school, “no, they’re coming to our school now” while the parents hadn’t actually decided. Make your intentions clear!

  • 6. chicago taxpayer  |  March 23, 2010 at 7:52 am

    If my guy doesn’t get in I’ll just call my alderman.

  • 7. SW Side Mom  |  March 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I called the OAE/GEAP office yesterday and got the same line…

    “you should have your letter by the end of week and can call us if you don’t.”

    I asked if she knew when they were being mailed or when we would have to decide by if our child is accepted into the school(s) of our choice and she did not have an answer.

    Thanks for the updates! 🙂 I love having otheres to obsess with, it helps pass the time…

  • 8. KMom  |  March 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Just got back from Franklin. We are at waiting list 50 something, which means we almost have no hope to get in. Interestingly, the lady told me that there are more than 700 on the waiting list (probably she meant 700 applicants).

  • 9. SW Side Mom  |  March 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Got the mail for today and no letter. Thought I would update for those on the SW side. Our mail usually comes late in the day, but arrived earlier today.

    Maybe tomorrow? Though “by the end of the week” makes me think they may not have mailed them yesterday or today as we had heard they might be at the end of last week when they did not send them on Friday (3/19), as we had also heard might be the case, not to mention Monday (3/15), which was the original date we had been told they would be sent (back when our son took the test)…

  • 10. Lottery based magnet schools  |  March 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Whew…got an acceptance letter to Thorp today. Well, that lessens the stress a little. Not our first choice, but we will be happy to send him there if our top choice doesn’t happen.

  • 11. Lottery based magnet schools  |  March 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    One interesting thing I just noticed on the acceptance letter right after the 1.5-6 mile transportation info in bold letters: (PLEASE NOTE: ALL TRANSPORTATION PROVISIONS AND POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.) Hmmm…guess they’re seriously considering eliminating busing to magnet schools…..

  • 12. Stephanie  |  March 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    We got our wait listed letter from Franklin yesterday. I wasn’t in our top 4, so can’t be too disappointed.

  • 13. NS Mom  |  March 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Just called the GEAP Office and was told the letters would come “at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.” I’m assuming that just means NEXT week.

  • 14. cpsmom  |  March 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Hawthorne letters went out today. Not sure if just for siblings or for everyone, but we got ours today (as a sibling).

  • 15. SW Side Jen  |  March 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    We got two letters so far- trying to get my son into K
    LaSalle II- number 115- Q2 on the waiting list (any idea what the Q2 means?)
    Mark Sheridan- number 6 on the waiting list

    If he places into one of the CSs or RGCs does that mean he won’t be placed at any of the magnets that we applied to?

    This is so confusing!

  • 16. What's the Score?  |  March 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Nothing from Thorp today. Received Franklin yesterday – no waitlist # :(. My theory is the Classical/Gifted letters get mailed sometime after tomorrow’s Board meeting. Not that there’s anything on the agenda remotely related that I can figure, but the timing seems consistent w/by the end of the week or early next week (giving allowance for lousy mail service).

    Could Q2 from previous poster’s question be Tier 2?

    The Madness is better than the first 2 rounds of the NCAA Tournament!

  • 17. SS Mom  |  March 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Well…haven’t received a letter from Sheridan. And I live two blocks away on a bad day. I actually did’t get one piece of mail today. Enough to make someone pull their hair out. It leaves such a bad taste in my mouth how disorganized this process seems. To think were are all dying to get our kids into these schools…

  • 18. SW Side Jen  |  March 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I double-checked the census tract Tier numbers again (what a pain!) It looks like we are Tier 2- so maybe the Q2 is Quartile 2?

    And I am right in what I’ve read on the CPS website to understand that they will try to have equal numbers from each tier? Does Tier 1 get preferential treatment?

  • 19. Anxious Dad  |  March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    The anxiety of getting my kid into kindergarten is nerve-wrecking. Will it be this hard to get into a good college?

    I submitted one application at a private school with a lengthy and thorough screening process. Last week I received a letter stating that they would really like my kid to attend that school but have to wait if any of the Junior Kindergarten kids don’t come back. Thus, my kid’s on a wait list. It’s a great school, but financially out of my league.

    I also submitted over 20 CPS applications and yesterday received a wait list letter from both Franklin and Sheridan. Not feeling good yet.

    This waiting period is excruciating. I feel like one of those contestants on the Biggest Loser when it takes 30 seconds to get a weight readout on a digital scale.

  • 20. amy  |  March 24, 2010 at 12:25 am

    We received our wait list letter from Franklin on Monday. received nothing today.

  • 21. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 12:31 am

    @ SW Side Jen – nope, no preferential treatment for any Tier. In theory they should be balanced evenly.

    Thanks for all the updates. I just like seeing what’s going on out there.

    Tonight I was at a meeting at the neighborhood school where a group of parents were discussion how past the point of obsession they are — because somehow it all works out.

    You don’t need a ton of “wins.” Just one good school, be it gifted/classical/magnet/neighborhood where there are like-minded families. Maybe it’ll be this year, maybe next year. But you will find the right place.

  • 22. sfw  |  March 24, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I didn’t get any mail today either. Part of the problem is CPS, but the USPS seems to be a bad actor as well! Seriously, I wish CPS notified us via email, like colleges do.

  • 23. WS Mom  |  March 24, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I was wondering – if we don’t get into a magnet school this year and have to go to a private school – can we repeat this process over again next year? Is it harder to get into a school for the 1st grade vs kindergarten? I can’t imagine going through this anxiety again next year… I would be estatic with one half-way decent school!

  • 24. Disney II Pre-K mom  |  March 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I called the CPS OAE office late yesterday afternoon and was told letters would go out by the end of the week. And that they cannot give out any information over the phone.

    For K, we received wait list letters from Disney (no #), Disney II (#132 – very, very sad), Lasalle II (#53-Q4), and Franklin (no #) on Monday. Also wait listed at Prescott (#30) and Burr (#41). Accepted at Hamilton and Talcott and a few other neighborhood schools. We have MANY more letters due to arrive. I am literally stalking the mail carrier…

  • 25. Stressed Out  |  March 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I just found out that OAE has not sent any letters out for the gifted/classical applicants. The budget has not been approved yet.

  • 26. not so hopeful anymore  |  March 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I don’t understand. The budget has not been approved yet? Do they mean for next year and if so, no portion of next year’s budget has been approved for CPS as a whole. So it just leads me to wonder if the rumors are true. Will CPS do away with those programs completely? If so, wouldn’t they have had to make that decision months ago to give current families time to apply elsewhere? It just doesn’t make sense. What other possible reason could they have for delaying letters (other than, as typical, someone who answered the phone down at the board doesn’t know what they are talking about)?

  • 27. LR  |  March 24, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Just called the OAE. They are now saying beginning of next week. I explained that I called earlier this week and was told Friday and asked why I get a different answer every time I call. She said that there has been a delay due to the new selections process. She also said that the letters have not gone out yet, and admitted that truthfully she did not know when they would go out. She said if they go out tomorrow or the next day, we could get them Friday or Saturday. But more likely, they would go out Friday and we would get them on Monday. Honestly, she paused a lot during our conversation which leads me to believe, they don’t have all the information there.

  • 28. don't worry yet  |  March 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I literally just hung up with them (11:45 Weds 3/24) and they said that the letters have not gone out yet, but will be mailed by Friday and confirmed that they will in fact be mailed. I pushed saying “other schools need answers” and she apologized but reiterated that the letters will go out at the end of the week. So sounds like the person who answered the phone could be right about there being some kind of budget issue, but they are still planning to send out letters.

  • 29. dave4118  |  March 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

    My wife went to the local school council’s candidate forum the other night, she said that the principal lamented that the full-day kindergarten may be on the chopping block for next year. Meaning it may be reduced to half a day; I suspect a lot of …stuff…. is up in the air. The good thing is that the school has to start before the next election, so, in theory, politicians will be motivated to avoid disastrous circumstances.

  • 30. Lottery based magnet schools  |  March 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Nothing in the mail today….

  • 31. SS Mom  |  March 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I find it kind of amusing to look back at the archives for the blog to this time last year. Not nearly as much craziness. Could be for a number of reasons, but I personally find the other crazies quite comforting. The only letter I have gotten so far is Disney, which was not one of my first choices, being that we live too far to even take advantage of busing (that is if it will even be available next year). Even though I am still waiting for maybe 10 letters, I find myself browsing the private schools in the area. My neighborhood school is simply not an option. To the point that my son’s current Pre-K teacher encouraged me to use a fake address if it came down to it. For some people it’s really not an “everything will work itself out” issue. If I end up having to send my kid to private school, as a single mom, I am going to have to change our lives around in a few major ways to even be able to afford it.

  • 32. Keller Julie  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    According to cps web site, the deadline to appeal is March 26. I’ve never done this before but with the new standards in place I’m willing to give it a shot. Any one else notice this? Or am I missing something newer/more relevant:
    (Dated March 17, 2010):
    Applications were made available to parents and guardians on March 5. Students will be allowed to apply to only one school on the basis of discretion. The application deadline is March 26

  • 33. Keller Julie  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Sorry — press release is:

  • 34. CPSnewbie  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    SS Mom

    I know exactly how you feel. Last year my son was part of the “craziness” to get into K. I was tempted to check the Native American box on the application because his great great grandmother was Cherokee. He would have sailed into our first choice with his score. But, since it was such a distant relation I went the honest route and unfortunately have paid for it this year. Kindergarten should be fun, not hell. (By the way, I was told at an open house by a CPS rep. that I could check the box – I would not have to prove authenticity, it was done on the honor system.) I too will have to make some tough and major choices this year to get him into private school if he doesn’t get into the gifted program. I have nothing against the neighborhood schools, and if mine could accomodate my son I’d be there in a heartbeat for 1st grade. It’s a shame that we all have to get so crazed over this process, but for so many there are no other options. Good luck – just sympathizing with you! Hopefully those letters will come soon. I’m driving my postal carrier crazy!

  • 35. Miasmom  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    SS mom, I’m with you, our neighborhood school is not an option either. We are also not in the “everything will work itself out” boat. My husband was out of work for a year and we are still trying to get back on our feet a year after he started working, my daughter has been in private preschool and we can’t afford private anymore. Unfortunately, this may drive us out of the city, but the thought of trying to sell our house in this economy stresses me out as well.

    As a fellow obsesser, I also find the crazies comfoting. This process can be isolating and it helps to know I’m not the only one.

    Oh, and we got nothing in the mail today.

  • 36. Disney II Pre-K mom  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I just tried to call Franklin for information on our wait list number and received this error message:

    “Due to network difficulties, your call cannot be completed at this time.”


  • 37. Disney II Pre-K mom  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Correction, the number I dialed was the Office of Academic Enhancement! I received this error message:

    “Due to network difficulties, your call cannot be completed at this time.”

  • 38. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Yes, I should probably qualify my “it’ll all work out” statement. I mean if you bust your *ss to make it happen, it’ll all work out.
    The group of parents I was with last night have been working hard for almost 5 years to get our neighborhood school going. So yeah, everyone feels like it “worked out,” but it took a LOT of work to get there.
    I do think that there are always neighborhood schools that are on the upswing that people have a decent shot at getting into (Hamilton and Pierce come to mind this year.) The waiting lists shift a lot between now and September.
    I suppose that with principal discretion up in the air, things may be more difficult. But I have faith in all of the obsessive parents to find a way to get their child into a school they feel comfortable with.

  • 39. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @WS Mom: yes, you can go through this EVERY year if you want. Some schools have more turnover than others and end up with spots to fill. Others rarely get open spots (i.e. Hawthorne.) So the older your child gets, there are fewer spaces, but also fewer people applying since familiies hunker down in the school they started in.
    Also, in 3rd (?) grade, class sizes increase so more spots open.
    Of course it all gets complicated by the Tier system, so if that continues, who knows HOW they pick which kids get the few open spots?

  • 40. SS Mom  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Oh, yes. I WILL make it happen : )

    I just honestly did not expect this to be such a stressor. The blog has been extremely helpful, though, and thank you. I don’t have any friends in the neighborhood with kids my age, so it’s great that I can reach out to other parents in the city this way (while I am supposed to be working, tee hee). Although, I have a few friends with infants, so I guess I can be the one to warn them that it’s coming. Who knows what kind of condition the “system” will be in by then though. My boyfriend went to Keller, and I was talking to his mom about the process when she went through it. She said it was a breeze back then, and you really didn’t have to just pick up and move if your only choice was the neighborhood school. Granted that was roughly 18 or so years ago.

  • 41. dave4118  |  March 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Well…no letters from any CPS school….stress levels rising as the CPS landscape for next year seems even more dicey…… my mailman suggested yoga…..I am regretting not considering the private schools options more seriously…..wish I had some clout….is it too late to work on someone’s campaign?

  • 42. StalkingMom  |  March 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I, too, am stalking my postman. What’s funny is that he knows alot of other moms and dads who are also anxiously waiting for him at the door. I really hope that the delay is due to the new selection process and not any other fishy things going on with the budget and/or cutting services for next year.

  • 43. Rachel  |  March 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    @24. Disney II mom, Good for you on responses from 8, including acceptances.
    Pre-K magnet and neighborhood aps: Received NOTHING so far from 10 applications. So when do we start calling, and for that matter- whom?

  • 44. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    OMG, I can’t believe the mailman knows! That is too funny.
    Mine was always too grumpy to talk to about it.

  • 45. Gina Lakin  |  March 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    just got a letter from LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N Orleans- accepted! Yahoo!

  • 46. SS Mom, too  |  March 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Well, I’m stressing but not as much. My 1st grader is at McDade Classical but now we’re trying for Skinner West. We love McDade but Skinner goes to 8th grade and it’s more diverse. Had I thought through the process two years ago, I would have chosen Skinner as my first choice and paid for private transportation.

    If anything, I’m more stressed about the possibility of sending my daughter to the neighborhood school if the classical schools are disbanded. Private school is out of the question now because I’m laid off. I called University of Chicago Charter Schools this morning (since they’re nearby) and their application cut-off was March 6th.

    Soooo, I sit and wait … until August … like everyone else.

  • 47. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    @Gina – congratulations! I never toured that school due to the location but I’ve heard great things about it.

  • 48. 2ndtimearound  |  March 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Anyone else out there trying to get 2 kids into schools? I have only received waitlists from 2 schools (LaSalle II at #17 and Franklin w/ no # )for my oldest, none for my youngest. What’s the word on other multiple child families?

  • 49. RL Julia  |  March 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    My experience was that it was a lot easier to get a kid into a selective school for first grade.

    I too wonder what’s on the chopping block in terms of early childhood education. My kid’s school is looking into starting tuition-based program to keep full day kindergarten and I really wonder if there will be any (free) pre-K at all in a few years.

  • 50. SW Side Jen  |  March 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    @RL Julia- My 2 year old got his letter for PreK acceptance at Suder today. So it looks like they are at least having a program.

    @2ndtimearound I’ve got two kids that we are trying to get in. Both have August birthdays and are 2 & 4. The 4 year old is going into K, and I only sent in a few apps to magnet programs for the youngest to see what might happen for PreK next year. As luck would have it we’ve received waitlist letters for Sheridan, LaSalle II, and Franklin (no # on that waitlist) but we received a spot for the youngest at Suder (and I wasn’t even sure I was going to send him anywhere!)

  • 51. not so hopeful anymore  |  March 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Preschool for all has been cancelled for this fall. Look up abc local news. Only high poverty preschools, special needs preschools and tuition based preschools will operate this fall. The free preschool for all program got the ax today.

  • 52. Christine  |  March 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    A few people I know heard from Peirce and Hamilton.

  • 53. KCK  |  March 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    All my friends got their letters from Sheridan/Franklin/LaSalle II except me, although I’m just 2 miles away from them.

    My older son is trying for K this year and my younger one will be ready for K next year too, I just can’t imagine going through this anxiety again…

    BTW, anyone tried to find out how many applications from each tier for popular magnet schools?

  • 54. Southsideobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Any south siders out there?
    I applied to over 30 schools and can’t understand why I’ve only heard from three. I met another parent today who said that she applied to over 40 schools and has heard from four.
    So far wait listed for Franklin and Sheridan (#82).
    My son interviewed at Woodlawn today.
    My optimistic theroy has been maybe my son did well on the GEAP and that disqualified him from all the other schools. So why would they waste the stamps in sending me 30+ letters. Maybe?
    By the way, Saturday I was so upset that I did not receive any letters – I showed my contempt by refusing to take the other mail out of the mailbox. That will show them (whoever them are)!

  • 55. Southsideobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    One more thought – I heard that CPS is laying off 500 staff. I heard that people downtown are so upset over losing their jobs that they have stopped working.
    Sad – but the economy is one of the reasons why I can’t afford private school for two children next year. It just can’t happen.

  • 56. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    That was a record day for the blog, thanks to the top obsessive week of the year.

    @SouthsideObsessed – omg, 40?! Statistically something has got to pan out — I guess the question is will it be remotely close to your home? Keep us posted!

  • 57. Preschool Teacher  |  March 25, 2010 at 6:55 am

    “@24. Disney II mom, Good for you on responses from 8, including acceptances.
    Pre-K magnet and neighborhood aps: Received NOTHING so far from 10 applications. So when do we start calling, and for that matter- whom?”

    Preschools have been asked not to send out any letters until after spring break. Apparently principals won’t even know until Monday which schools will keep their pre-k programs.

    Suder is probably different since they mix their Pre-K and K for the Montessori philosophy.

  • 58. the heckler  |  March 25, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Would 100+ of these be me checking in per day this week?

  • 59. ydice  |  March 25, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Anyone else hear from LaSalle (on N. Orleans)? The poster above is the only person I’ve heard who has received a letter yet. What other schools non-SE magnets have yet to send out letters? I still have to marvel at the discrepancy in timing of these letters going out. I am so sorry for those of you waiting to make a decision!

  • 60. SouthsideObsessed  |  March 25, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Sorry, CPS Obsessed, 2600 of those hits were me. I will not obsess…I will not obsess…I will not obsess…..

  • 61. MomtoAKJ  |  March 25, 2010 at 11:18 am

    FYI – I called Hawthorne because I know some people that have been accepted and we have not received our letter yet. I was told that the magnet schools get to send out acceptances themselves, but the waitlist letters come from CPS. That is why there is a delay between the acceptances and the others.

  • 62. SS Mom  |  March 25, 2010 at 11:20 am


    I am also on the southside and have only received ONE letter…Disney-waitlisted.

    Still waiting to hear from Sheridan and a ton more schools. Kids in my son’s PreK have rec’d a few more letters than we have but they were all waitlisted as well.

    I have the same hopes as you regarding the GEAP scores. Maybe he’s just that much of a genius : P …..Or maybe the mail system over here is just a joke. We haven’t even been receiving junk mail.

  • 63. What's the Score?  |  March 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

    The website now says they are going out today. Now you can REALLY stalk your mail carriers!!

  • 64. dazedandconfused  |  March 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    i too fear i’ve upped your hits 🙂 i’m going in disguise today [a moustache?] to stalk my postal worker since she snuck up early on me yesterday- i think she’s on to me.

    just a word of encouragement that you all are not alone. i’m glad not to be suffering in silence 🙂

  • 65. 2ndtimearound  |  March 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    A SWside Jen- our neighbor’s son attends Suder and they love it.

  • 66. milleniummom  |  March 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    My 5 yr old is waitlist 34 at Mark Sheridan and at Franklin. We have no waitlist number for Franklin and have to go in to find out what ours is….hating the waiting….

  • 67. miasmom  |  March 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Well hallelujah hopefully we’ll all be getting a few more letters soon! Keeping my fingers crossed that all us obsessers receive some good news. Between stalking my postal carrier, this website, npn and district 299, I’m exhausted!

    Disappointed to hear that our lack of letter from Hawthorne means we didn’t get in. I was hoping proximity would help us out with that one. Ugh.

  • 68. SS Mom  |  March 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    WHEW….got acceptance from Sheridan today! So excited. Still wanna see those scores though, of course.

  • 69. Amy  |  March 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I couldn’t take it any longer. Called Thorp direct. We are on the wait list. Apparently there were so many siblings that ate into the proximity lottery that there were very few proximity slots left open! We are 4 blocks away! The new system definitely makes it less advantageous to everyone except those with siblings. Sigh. I may have to keep him in private school.

  • 70. dazedandconfused  |  March 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    well at least i know why it’s not in my mail today. if it doesn’t come tomorrow or sat can someone come and volunteer to sit at my house, open my mail and text me since i’m not sure i can go on vacation without knowing 🙂

    as an aside- if anyone wants to talk about skinner west- i’ll be happy to give my praises and concerns. My daughter is in the Kindergarten this year. We retested because we live pretty far and the commute is starting to really get to me.

  • 71. anonymous  |  March 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Someone on District 299 suggested that these lottery lists be PUBLIC. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know why they couldn’t be transparent about it and just post all the names on a special website so we could all go and check at the same time. This crazy delayed system makes everything seem like it’s not exactly above-board … when it could be.

    I, for one, would like to know who got in, and can’t understand why I wouldn’t have the right to know. What’s more, especially if you’re on a waitlist, you’d want to know where you stand.

    I had a friend who got off the waitlist (was in the upper 30s) of one of the most popular magnets early in the summer. Then at the school’s open house, the principal told someone I was standing with in our tour group that they went as high as 24 that past year. Now, there could be lots of reasons why the principal said that ,..confusion, bad memory, sheer embarrassment that this popular school would even HAVE to reach so high into the waitlist. But, that experience just left a bad taste in my mouth. Transparency would be nice.

  • 72. Stressed Out  |  March 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I called Hawthorne an hour ago and was told they don’t send out the letters. She said OAE sends them out. That doesn’t make sense to me. Does it make sense to anyone else?

  • 73. Looking  |  March 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Where on the web site does it say that the GEAP letters are to be mailed today, 3/25? Thanks

  • 74. Sent Off Again  |  March 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    We just called the OAE and was just told that they…..TRIED to send it out today but had a little trouble. I was also told that I should be receiving notification Monday. Somehow that sounded like dejavu from last week 😦

  • 75. cpsmama  |  March 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    @Looking: there is a scrolling text at the top of the OAE website. Go to to check updates. It’s there

  • 76. miasmom  |  March 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I’m reading a ton of conflicting advice on different websites and it’s making me nervous. On here I read that if I accept a spot at a school (other than gifted/classical) it’s ok, and I could still get a call from a waiting list for another school. This makes the most sense to me given the accounts of families getting calls even into the school year. I’ve also recently read on other sites that no, the principals talk and will go to great lengths not to “steal” kids from other schools. This seems a little crazy, I can’t imagine they have time to communicate with the other schools about all these kids. Anyway it has me nervous since there is an April response date and we have not heard from 30 of the 36 schools we applied to. HELP?!?!?!?!?!?

    I know you already talked about this up in #5. I guess I just need reassurance. Anybody out there who accepted at 1 in the past but still heard from others where they were waitlisted?

  • 77. parent  |  March 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    To the poster who has younger child accepted at Suder consider taking the spot, with sibling lottery your older child will most likely also have a place after the lottery next year. Also until you enroll you still have tike to decide. Have friends with two children there this year and they are very happy. Both kids were waitlisted last year,,,one higher than the other interestingly both children had placement by mid summer. Go in, tour, introduce yourself, follow up… ever know.

  • 78. chicago mom  |  March 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    @Miasmom: We won the kindergarten lottery at Hawthorne last year and were still later offered a spot at Pritzger (which we ended up declining). The woman at the GEAC told me the magnet and gifted / enriched lists were complete separate and that I could accept Hawthorne while still waiting to see if we got into Edison and Coonley.

    A month after we accepted Hawthorne, we received a letter from another magnet saying they’d added a class and now we were in… I think it was from one near the Newberry library. (We just ignored it at that point as we’d already gone with Hawthorne). Theoretically this shouldn’t happen, but the magnets just aren’t that coordinated with each other.

  • 79. magnet mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:52 am

    To Mia’s mom,

    I know for a fact that if you are looking for principal discretion (which is supposedly not in existence this year) that some principals will not exercise that discretion if you have accepted a spot at another magnet, which is different from legitimately getting in off of the wait list.

    Hope this helps and good luck everyone.

  • 80. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:47 am

    gud morning lovely people..are we getting the notification letters today? im so sad if my daughter did not get in im forced to send her to st. matthias…is that a gud school? any1 please give me feedback about st. matthias

  • 81. SMT Parent  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Cristine, We go to St. Matthias. Love it there! And even though it’s a great deal, we are scared about paying for 2 kids long-term, which is why we even bothered testing our daughter. Even if she gets into a gifted program, I don’t know if we will leave STM. They have been especially good about giving my daughter, who is way ahead of grade level, an independent curriculum. Also, check the website – 9 out of 22 students got into selective enrollment high schools this year, 4 of which are going to Northside College Prep, 1 Payton, and 1 Whitney Young. That’s pretty good! I have lots of faith in the school and would be sad to leave. It’s such a great community! I could go on, but the point is…if cost were not an issue, I would definitely choose STM over CPS.

  • 82. SS mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:01 am

    @Stressed out:

    I’m not really sure what to think about who sends the letters. I got a letter from Sheridan yesterday, which should have been stamped by the post office “mailed from 60616” (at least that is where the school is located), but it was stamped “mailed from 60603″…which is, if I am not mistaken, the CPS address?

    Also, the letters I received both had the same typo on the address label. So, the same label was used by Disney and Sheridan somehow.

  • 83. CPSnewbie  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:31 am


    I have friends with kids at Queen of Angels, one of which used to be at St. Matthias (I don’t know exactly why, but they didn’t feel a good “fit” at St. M.). They boths love Queens and are very happy there. I know that their kids are also in an enrichment program at Queens that is quite good. They do fundraise a lot to try to keep the tuition down, which can be a pain. But, from what I’ve read here it seems as though that is a norm for all of the “free” 🙂 public schools these days as well. I only mention Queens because it’s in the same neighborhood as St. Matthias.

  • 84. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Thank you so much SMT Parent. I give up my daugther tested for the GEAP only not classical I have no other options because we missed the deadlines for the magnet school it’s my first time applying to CPS and what a stressful ride OMG. Thanks for the heads up about ST Matthias! how is the Kindergarten class? I am so stress out about this notification letters…

  • 85. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:42 am

    thanks cpsnewB

  • 86. KMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    What’s your opinion about British School of Chicago? I heard a lot of good things about it and it has rolling admission, I would like to give it a try if my daughter can not get into any gifted or magnet schools.

  • 87. parent  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

    My dd goes to British School, and we absolutely love it. The teachers are phenomenal, class size is capped at 20 with 2 teachers, and it is a wonderful community of families. However, I’m not sure there are any spots for JK or Kindergarten next year – I believe there is currently a wait list, but you should still call and find out. Talk to Brenda Kerr is admissions. Good luck!

  • 88. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I’ve heard good things about St Mathias and Qof A. I have classroom size envy for QofA – I think they have really small classes there.

    British school is VERY expensive. I was all set to make fun of the place (just so “british-y” but I remember looking at the web site a couple years ago and drooling. It looks very good and like they take academics very seriously. The kids look adorable in their snappy little uniforms. School in the UK is more “buttoned up” than it is here and I think they follow that model. The only thing I have heard is potential weirdness because they’re a for-profit model. that doesn’t affect the education, but could potentially make enrollment and family politics weird in certain situations.
    In any case, like most of the top private schools, I’m sure you’ll find a bunch of very school-committed families, which certainly contributes to kids’ success.

  • 89. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:21 am

    WOW kmom 21,000 for a full year tuition for the british school right?

  • 90. parent  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

    And in my opinion, worth every penny. After seeing how my dd has thrived there, I have no problem sacrificing other personal expenses so we can send her.

  • 91. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I say if you can afford a prestige school why not I would do the same thing for my kids if I have the money. Unfortunately I have none thats why I’m hoping my daughter would get in to any cps schools that r nice. Im getting really depress where is my notification letter!

  • 92. NW Parent  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:42 am

    How nice that you can afford to send your child to British school! Isn’t this site called cpsobsessed?

  • 93. jmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

    The letters were mailed. A friend called me and his daughter got into Poe Classical. However he had 2 children tested but only receive one of the letters today.

  • 94. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

    My prediction is that the letters will come with an attachment/insert informing the recipient of the new half-day kindergarten plans…and a plea to contact authorities concerning funding. This was probably why this week’s delay occurred. Good luck to everyone out there…cross your fingers and make the best of whatever situation occurs…gulp!

  • 95. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

    got our GEAP letter in the mail today; accepted to Decatur.

    Now on to resuming normal life!!!

  • 96. angie  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I feel like going home during lunch to check my mail. I don’t think I can wait until 5:30. LOL!

  • 97. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

    What are the scores??

  • 98. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Wow, Selena, congrats!
    If you don’t want to divulge the score, can you tell us whether there was a score and a percentile? Or just one or the other?
    That is awesome news.

  • 99. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

    i know angie, i’m at work; my husband has Fridays off so we lucked out.

    The score was 142 gifted/168 classical. I guess scores are not percentiles anymore.

  • 100. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thanks much for sharing!

  • 101. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I’m realizing that this would probably be a good time for me to be tweeting. If I knew what the hell that even was or how to set it up. 🙂

  • 102. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Holy crap! Those are some awesome scores. Thanks for sharing. Knowledge is power. And based on that, your kid has a lot of power. LOL.

  • 103. SW Side Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Where is that postal carrier????

  • 104. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Yes, you should totally get on Twitter! (not that i know how to work it either anyway)

    And yes, hopefully Decatur is the best fit for him and we’ll see how it’s affected by all the fun changes/budget cuts this year!

  • 105. dazedandconfused  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Just got the mail. The letter was there. My daughter was selected for Decatur for 1st grade. more details to follow= just wanted to update as soon as i knew.

  • 106. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Just curious…how long was your daughter in the testing area?I am trying to figure if length of time may be a measuring stick.

  • 107. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

    oops, don’t want to diss the boys out there…..i was assuming you have a daughter.

  • 108. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    dazedandconfused, congrats! we should talk 🙂

    dave, no worries. he was in the room for at least 40 minutes; he went in before 2 other kids but came out after them, so i remember freaking out about the time.

  • 109. Amy  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Someone made a suggestion that names be placed on a public website. I could not agree more. Imagine how much time and money the CPS system could save if they implemented an online notification system.

  • 110. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Thanks dazed…our dughter was in for about 45 mins, kindergarten test….LOLOL this is excruciating in a bizarre way…maybe I am some kind of masochist.

  • 111. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    oops, thanks SELENA…lolol am all messed up right now

  • 112. dazedandconfused  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    her classical score wad 99 on reading and 98 for math

  • 113. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    lol dave, this is what CPS has done to us.

    amy, I agree; the way it is now is pretty archaic.

  • 114. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Oohh, good color dave4118. My pre-K daughter was pushing 50-55 mins. I’m just dying to know the gosh–darn score. Cpsobsessed wrote mighty eloquently about these feelings last spring. Can’t get the mail until after work…am trying to maintain. Thanks again all for sharing.

  • 115. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Guys what does the letter say pass or fail?

  • 116. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    im crying right now. most of the parents says they tested for kindergarten and the child was in there 30-40 min. But my daughter was there for 10 minutes..Im so sad what if we didnt make it. Someone please say something..I really needed the GEAP

  • 117. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I had been told that time isn’t necessarily an indicator…so just know that this is all laymen’s speculation

  • 118. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    cristine, don’t give up yet. it’s been known that kids who were in there for a short amount of time still got into top choices; i don’t think time spent in there is the best indicator. the letters don’t say pass or fail, but they scores and what school your daughter would be accepted into.

  • 119. CPSnewbie  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Just out of curiosity, and only if you want, those who have stated their scores what tiers are you in?

  • 120. Mona  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I am freaking out about time as well because I have heard the longer the better but I also have a friend who had a child get into RGC and took only 10 minutes on the test! So who really knows. I am literally waiting at the door for my mail lady, she is always here by now. Of all days to be running late! lol

  • 121. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    TY Dave and Selena. Thank you for the nice words..We really need this financially but we cant get in im going to have to sacrifice a lot of things so I can send her to a nice school. I hope I get our letters today..So crazy I dont get home til 4:30..I love this website very helpful and friendly..I love you guys:):):)

  • 122. CPSnewbie  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm


    My son was in the test last year for K for less than twenty minutes and still scored very well for the gifted test.

    Just checked my mail – all junk, no letter. When I checked the mail late yesterday, there was nothing in the box. So now my obsessive question is this – is the mail that I just got from yesterday? Could I still get an answer today? It’s official, I’m nuts!

  • 123. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    @Christine, the other key think to remember is that all is not decided in this first round. Many spaces will be turned down because kids get into multiple schools or parents have applied to schools that aren’t close by. If bussing gets cut, that’ll probably open even more spots.
    So even if the first round is a “no,” there are still chances for spots if your child scores well. It just takes time to work it all out….
    (In fact one of the hard parts is if your child scores well, but not totally out of the ballpark. Then you have to sit and wonder if something will open up in the next round. Or the next. That was pretty much our deal. My son’s scores were borderline and it could have gone either way.

  • 124. SS mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    LOL CPSnewbie-

    My upstairs neighbor actually caught our mail carrier stuffing ALL of the mail for the building into one box! He told him that he would call his supervisor and what he was doing was a felony. Most likely because he was sick of me asking him if he had happened to get any of our mail. I had to post signs throughout the building requesting I get all my mail back, and if it was thrown out to just please notify me. I was wondering why the heck i hadnt gotten ANY mail this past week. Of all the weeks, of course! So apparently we’ve all become complete headcases.

  • 125. CPSnewbie  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Christine, as a side note, I know that Queen of Angels offers scholarships or financial aid. But hopefully you won’t need to look into that! 🙂

  • 126. Another mommy  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    My son tested last year. He received a 97 classical score. We didn’t make it in the first round, but we received a call around May for the new Skinner North, turned it down for Hawthorne.

    I thought classical scores went up to 99.

    @Selena-How did your kid get a 168 classical score? Are they using a different “grading” scale this year?

  • 127. KCK  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Just got the letter from OAE (nothing from magnet schools so far), our son got accepted to #1 choice – Skinner West, his score is 154 and we’re in tier 4. And he was in the exam area for 40 minutes! HTH.

    Good luck to all of you!!!

  • 128. Cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    @ CPSnewbie How come no mail? We all dont get the notification letters the same time?

  • 129. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Dang! You guys have a bunch of smart kids.
    Last year classical gave a test score (which can go up to the 160’s?) AND a percentile (to get in to classical it has usually been about 98%+.) It sounds like this year it is only the test score (which is basically meaningless unless you have something to compare it to!)

    @Cristine. We are now out of the mercy of CPS and into the mercy of the USPS. Some will get a letter today, some early next week based on the mail service. I never got mine last year at all. Now go have a drink, honey. 🙂

  • 130. BeverlyMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Don’t fret about the times. My gifted-accepted son was only in there for about 10 minutes last year.

  • 131. RAP  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Just got the letter from Coonley for GEAP! Thanks so much CPSobsessed for obsessing with me…..

  • 132. IJB  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    i just got a letter today saying my daughter was accepted to Skinner West. There was no percentile but a number. They included a sheet with explaining what percentile the number meant. Not sure if this is where we will go because it was our last choice, but at least now we have news.

  • 133. Another mommy  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    @ cpsobsessed- Oh yeah! Now I remember. lol!

  • 134. Joan  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I am going crazy here – first time checking back since the week of the 15th. I feel like I am waiting to deliver a baby and it’s past the due date.
    Thanks for all the comments and insights. I thought I was the only one obsessed her.

  • 135. milleniummom  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Ok now I am really freaking out. The mailman came and left and nothing. Lots of mail… none from GEAP. Did we get in…did we not?
    My son was in there just 20 mins. for the test… Scary….

  • 136. confusedmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’m not sure I understand. My son scored 130 (gifted test) which the letter says corresponds to approximately the 98th percentile but he didn’t get into his first choice! Anyone else have this problem?

  • 137. neighbor  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Got a 144. Got accepted into Pritzker–3rd choice. No Coonley. No Edison. Will be a lot harder to get to. Anyone wanna trade a Coonley (our neighborhood school) )spot for a Pritzker?

  • 138. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    @confusedmom. did your son get into any school on your list?
    Basically, they have the kids in each Tier ranked by test score and go down the list trying to get you in your highest choice. If that school is filled by kids with higher scores, they move down to your next choice, and so on.
    So at this point, your top choice is filled with kids who have higher test scores (in your tier.) Yep, so 98% in your tier is not enough for your first choice on the first pass. How about that? As I said, Classical is often 99% on the first pass!
    I think last year some of the scores in the gifted programs were up into the 140’s (144 being some weird magic number.) Just gotta wait to see if anyone turns down those spots…..

  • 139. SW Side Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Our son got 131. He got into Keller (1st grade), the only school we preferenced! We are very excited! But it is also bittersweet, as he currently attends Lenart (K). He got into Lenart last year during the 5th round (mid-late May), with a 135. We/he are very happy with/at Lenart, however living in Beverly, Keller is more of a neighborhood school for us and we know a lot of families whose children go there are having a wonderful experience. So we will likely move him to Keller. Though it is a hard decision, we feel lucky to have a decision to make.

    For those of you out there with high scores whose children didn’t get in to one or more of the schools of your choice, don’t give up. This process is by no means over, which CPSObessed kept telling us all (and rightly so) this time last year! This blog helped me a lot to get through the the wait last year, during the subsequent rounds. So hang in there! Thanks agains CPSObsessed! 🙂

  • 140. SS Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Ok wait, so just to clarify…
    My son has a spot at a magnet school, and we accept it, would we still be able to get a call mid-summer or whatever with an acceptance at a gifted/classical?

  • 141. dazedandconfused  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    don;t fret everyone. alot of movement is about to happen soon. For instance- we currently go to Skinner West [the new school] Skinner North is the older building. Just as a comparison she did get 99.8 last yr. She was just accepted to Decatur. Now obviously there will be a spot opening from one of those schools. There are going to be alot of people in that boat.
    as for time in the room- for those testing into kindergarten is was going to vary greatly since it was individual one on one. and the group testing for 1sti also don’t think had anything to do with it since my daughter’s group ended up in there the longest and she didn’t score high enough for our gifted choices.
    i’m decompressing now and feel for those of you still waiting.
    stay strong and don’t give up hope- alot alot alot alot is likely to change int he next few weeks.

  • 142. ChgoMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Curious if anyone has heard from the gifted program, but not accepted anywhere. OR Is this like Hawthorne- if you haven’t recived your letter- assume the score didn’t get in to one of your choices?

  • 143. Can't decide  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Got into Skinner West. Scores were 140 classical and 134 gifted. It’s for kindergarden. My child is also at British so we are torn. Love the British school – don’t love the tuition. So, lots of thinking about it this weekend.

  • 144. GDK  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I have been trying to call OAE to see how their letters are sent out (if it is like Hawthorne which I just confirmed) but they won’t answer. So please post if you know.

  • 145. jmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Yippee!!! My son got into Keller. His score was 128.

  • 146. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Boy, this is quite curious that anyone who has reported in about a ltter had an acceptance. Don’t recall that happening in the past. Yikes.

    Congrats Can’t Decide. I went through the whole private/public agony as well (although I didn’t totally love our private school.) the agony weighed upon me to the point that I had to start the blog to clear it all out of my head!

  • 147. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Called the GEAP office to find out if I could stop by to pick up a copy of the letter. No can do (they wouldn’t be able to find it in the stacks), but she did say some letters were mailed yesterday and some today. So take heart if its not in the mail today. Like I’ll be able to do that if my mailbox is empty today!!

  • 148. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    @CPSnewbie, we are tier 3 (which I think is the most common one?)

    @Another mommy, the explanation of test scores is very confusing. it’s a sheet with a table of percentile and scores, so you can see how the score your kid received translates as a percentile. they give an example that 130 is considered 98th percentile.

    However, the actual score just lists:

    Regional Gifted Center: __(score)___

    Classical: ___ (score)____

    and no percentile specific to your child. So no idea if the scoring is different than what it was last year.

  • 149. WestSideMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    @GDK, I think it may be like Hawthorne. No letter for us today and it seems everyone posting here and on NPN has been accepted. Boo, I need a xanax 😦 Between this and news that kindergarten is going to half day and PFA is cut, I’m really gonna lose it.

  • 150. cpsmama  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    FYI- the kids who go SE HS acceptance letters got them a day before the kids who got into no SE HS’s.

  • 151. WestSideMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Or….maybe it’s alphabetical? Praying that it is. Anyone accepted have any insight?

  • 152. SW Side Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    In at Pritzker! Yippee!

  • 153. two cents  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    There wilil be four, probably five, openings for first grade at Edison. I’m guessing people didn’t apply because there usually are not openings beyond kdg. So the lucky few who did will have better odds than in the past!

  • 154. jmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    @SW Side Mom…Send him to Keller. I have a child at Keller and one at Lenart. The atmosphere is like night an day. It is very warm, friendly and family like at Keller. There are also a lot more activities for the primary grades to participate in at Keller.

  • 155. cpsmama  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I stopped in OAE office earlier today to drop of 8th grader’s principal discretion application. Chaos would be an understatement. There were tons of parents waiting and and a dozen or so OAE workers running around trying to intake the applications/supporting documents and issue receipts to parents.

    From what my child and child’s friends reported, SE HS acceptance letters were all received Thurs March 4, SE HS rejections (ie kids who didn’t get into any SE HS) were all received Fri March 5. Don’t know if OAE is doing a similar mailing for elementary schools

  • 156. Another mommy  |  March 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    @ SW side mom-

    jmom is right.

    I have a friend who’s daughter attends Lenart. They start school at something like 7:30a and they let out at like 1:30 (very early in my opinion, but that might work for your schedule). They also have NO afterschool programs. My friend and her husband both work downtown. One of them has to leave work during their lunch to drive all the way to the southside to meet the bus driver at the drop off school (yes, they bus). Then back downtown to an afterschool progam. Then they go back to work for about 2 hrs and pick her up afterwards. Sheer madness! Just a little something to simmer on.

  • 157. Another mommy  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    SW side mom-

    …Oh! (about Lenart) Parents are not allowed in the school (can’t roam the halls, can’t volunteer, etc). There is a parent group, but they aren’t very active from what I hear. Otherwise, they like the school academically. She also told me her kids has about 1hr of homework a night (for kindergarten).

  • 158. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Our daughter got into skinner north 112 gifted score///seems low to me.. and 130 classical…we are tier2 happy, but our fourth choice

  • 159. Ahh...the agony of the wait...  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Late mail delivery today and no letter. I, too, am curious if anyone has received a letter today with no acceptances. My husband is so calm and says to wait until you get the letter cause you know how the mail delivery is here in Chicago especially in our neighborhood. I’m trying to stay optimistic….

  • 160. Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    We are still waiting for our GEAP letter. But we went to the Chicago Friends School open house and were very impressed. Seems like a great private school alternative for us on the North Side. Has anyone else visited with them or applied? I’d rather NOT spend an extra $10k a year (plus potentially for my younger son too), but they sure have a wonderful philosophy and approach. If we don’t get in to GEAP, we’re going to have to have a serious sit-down with the Principal at Peirce (our local school) — we liked them a lot, but they seemed very ill-equipped to handle gifted kids… and my 5 and a half year old son is ready for 2nd grade curriculum going into kindergarten…

    Has anyone else had good experiences getting “regular” schools to support their gifted kids?

  • 161. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    @Jen, I have a friend whose kid just missed the gifted cutoff, went to Pierce for K and was pretty bored there (that’s not just a Pierce problem.) the thing is you have to figure that there are other families like yours who’ll be going there. It usually take a group of parents to keep up with the same message (need more advanced work) to make it happen. And that doesn’t always work. It’s especially hard in CPS with big classes, lack of resources (teacher would have to find work and photocopy since there’s not usually extra textbooks floating around….)
    But even my sis in a very good public school in MN has had the same problem. Ultimately, it seems to depend on the teacher.

  • 162. Damita Buffington  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve given up hope. 2 of my daughter’s friends got their acceptance letters today for Poe. One lives directly across the street. What are the chances that she’s the only one who’s letter was held up? 😦

  • 163. Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    OK latest update, the mail arrived! Our son got into Skinner West (second choice — we had put South Loop first). Interesting — the plot thickens. His scores:

    RGC: 103
    Classical: 167

    So, just as a reference point, he goes to Lakefront Childrens Academy preschool, which is very tuned to the Classical test.

    I’m delighted he got in! Here are my concerns about Skinner West:

    1. What’s up with future overcrowding?
    2. Why no recess in the middle of the day?
    3. Is it too “performance” driven and recitation driven? That’s the only part of his preschool that I don’t love right now.
    4. What’s up with their after-school care? Evidently they don’t have enough spots for everyone… has anyone dealt with that?
    5. What’s the homework load really like?

    Skinner parents or people who visited, what do you think?

  • 164. Ahh...the agony of the wait...  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Just wondering if anyone got an accpetance letter for Edison or Coonley for kindergarten.

  • 165. intheclassroom  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Does anyone know anything about Beaubien?

  • 166. cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    this is killing me no mail…….please someone say something

  • 167. LR  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Got into Bell. Does anyone think that gifted programs will be cut in the future because that is what our decision now comes down to. I don’t want to accept and then find out in August that they will not exist, or have my daughter get used to a new school and new friends, only to have to change schools again after a year.

  • 168. 3rd grade mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    We have a son in 3rd grade at Beaubien (and we’re hoping his younger brother will be accepted there in 1st grade for this coming year, but no letter today). We’ve been very happy with their program so far, altough this was only his first year there (we decided later in schooling to test him).

    He has seemed to fit in better there with other kids who are “quirky” like him and who are quick with answers, whose brains are always on the go. The homework isn’t bad (which doesn’t mean there’s no whining . . . but not the hours I was worried about). When I expressed concern to his teacher about his wiggliness and distractedness, she very kindly said, “I’ve noticed that kind of energy about him and we’re used to it,” and then told me of three specific ways in which she already was working with him to help him succeed. And I get the impression from other parents who’ve been there more years than I, that most of the teachers “get their kids”.

    No recess is a drawback. Once again, I was quite worried about that with my wiggler, but he doesn’t mind it . . . go figure. It’s a LARGE building – even as CPS schools go it looks daunting (and the total student body is 1200 I think) but the Options Prog kids stay in one wing, and they have one class per grade so they’ll know each other well over the years.

    The other oddity is Latin – I would have preferred a living language, but now that I’m helping him study, I see how this can be useful too.

    Sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for mail tomorrow. It would be a nasty thing to do if they send the acceptance letters on a different day than the no acceptance letters, but it kind of looks that way . . .

  • 169. Mona  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Mail came late and only junk! No letter! I hope that doesn’t mean my child didn’t get in 😦

  • 170. another stressed mom - weighing Coonley acceptance  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    We received my daugher’s scores:

    Gifted: 149
    Classical: 131

    We ranked our choices:
    1) Skinner N (Our 1st grade son goes there and we LOVE it!)
    2) Coonley

    We got into Coonley, but we are stressed because we know nothing about it. We are going to try and decide if we should keep the Coonley spot or give it up in the hopes of a Skinner N offer. From previous postings, it looks like Skinner N accepted kids with a score of 130.

    Any advice? Is Coonley worth having 2 kids at 2 different schools? Is there enough of a difference between my daughter’s gifted vs classical score that I would be doing her a disservice sending her to a classical school???? I’m thankful for the Coonley spot, but I still am feeling stress!

  • 171. cristine  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    i feel so down..every1 in here almost got an acceptance letter except for. Maybe the other parent was kinda right who ever didnt get a letter meaning denial letter sat or monday!

  • 172. momx3  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    LR — Could you share the score that got your child into Bell? Thanks!!

  • 173. HappyMommy  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Just left work and rushed home to see if there was a letter in the mailbox. There was. So I thought that was good news (based on the postings). Happy to report that our son got into South Loop Gifted (#1 choice) with gifted score of 146. I actually cried.

  • 174. K's Dad  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Relief. We got our 1st choice McDade Classical kindergarten with with scores of 140 for Classical and 134 for RGC. Good luck to everyone. I’m not sure what will really happen with threats of cutting gifted/magnet programs, increasing class size and eliminating full day kindergarten. Please share as you learn more and I’ll do the same.

  • 175. SouthLoopMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Letter received today.
    Got first choice (South Loop RGC–Kindergarten)
    Scores were RGC 148 and Classical 135

  • 176. mom z  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Hey, 170! I’m in the same boat (sort of). My son was offered a spot at Coonley and I don’t know anything about it either. His older brother is at Newberry and while we’ve been happy there, I don’t want to squander an opportunity just for the sake of convenience. To complicate things, he’s also been accepted at Disney, which has it’s own gifted program. My head is swimming.

  • 177. Mona  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I just called OAE and they said they still have some letters that haven’t been mailed out. When I asked them whether or not acceptance and rejection letters were sent out separately, she told me that they were not allowed to say! I hate to say this but no letter today may be bad 😦

  • 178. SW Side Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    BTW, forgot to post his scores:
    RGC 141
    CS 126

    We are Tier 2-
    He got in at Pritzker which was our first choice with the two Skinners being choices 2 & 3. Those were the only ones we chose due to proximity to where we live.

    @cristine maybe you just didn’t get it because of the mail- also won’t they send out some sort of wait-list info soon

  • 179. NW Parent  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    So sad, no letter of acceptance or denial in our mailbox today:( This stress is a killer!!

  • 180. SW Side Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Any other parents with kids going into K at Pritzker?

  • 181. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    @MomZ – did your child score 170?! (I remember there being a big debate on NPN as to whether the scores went over 150…) Yowza!

    Coonley is very well liked and regarded, but there is certainly something to be said for having 2 kids at the same school…..

  • 182. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Any Edison info? Anyone over on NPN reporting on Edison (I’m not a subscriber)? Need something big to hold onto if my mailbox is empty…

  • 183. Stressed Out  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    No letter from anyone today, GEAP or magnet. I’m starting to feel that because we didn’t get a letter we will not be accepted.

  • 184. rvmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    My daughter got into Coonley K with a 147. A friend in at Edison, but don’t know her son’s score.

    Does anyone know if they filled the classes to 37 as threatened by the budget for next year?

  • 185. angie  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    @cpsobsessed Mom Z was calling poster #170. =)

  • 186. HappyMommy  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    From what I understand Gifted Classes are capped at 28 students. Not sure about the Classical.

  • 187. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Ohhhhh! I’m a dork.

    I have to think they’ve stuck with 28 kids per class for now. I think in CPS you keep operating under the current plan until the minute you’re informed otherwise.

  • 188. another mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    To those of you that don’t get in now…

    My daughter got into Edison in May after not getting into any selective enrollment schools the first time around.

    Don’t dismay, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

  • 189. cpsobsessed  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    P.S. I think I’m gonna start a new thread tomorrow.

    Oh, and thanks for giving my little blog my first day of hits over 3000. Of course that is all from the same 50 or so people, but still….

  • 190. HappyMommy  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Oh. Another note to waited list parents. My son got into LaSalle II and Murray Language Academy. Both of which we’ll turn down.

  • 191. SW Side Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    jmom – Congrats on Keller for your son! 🙂 What grade will he be in there this Fall? Thank you for your feedback about choosing between Keller and Lenart. I really appreciate your first hand experience/input. I have heard that Keller is “warm and fuzzier” and am excited to hear about the activities they offer. We are certainly leaning towards Keller, but overall we still have had a very positive experience with our son in K at Lenart this year.

    Another Mommy – Thank you also for your input via your friends about Lenart. I wonder if I have met them, since their daughter and my son are in the same class. Anyway, I appreciate the frustrations you have shared about their experience.

    I don’t mind the hours of the school day, which are roughly the same at Keller, it has worked fine for us. I am pretty sure they share bus routes with neighorhood schools and thus the RCG (at least some of them) start and end earlier to accomodate the other bus routes for the schools that start and end later. Our son takes the bus to/from school and that has also been a positive experience for us.

    The 1 hr. of homework per night took some time to get use to, but I know that Keller is supposed to be the same way and since our son has never known anything different, he is okay with it and we are amazed at all that he has learned this year!

    Lastly, I haven’t been able to be very active with the Lenart Parent Club this year, for various reasons, but my perspective is that they are very active and have done some wonderful things for the school/the children (including my son), that go there. They do a lot of fundraising to provide things that the school couldn’t otherwise afford, that brings some great resources, especially technilogical ones to the classrooms.

    So if anyone out there is considering sending their child to Lenart, I do highly recommend it and can say that I don’t regret for a minute sending my son there when given the opportunity last year. He has had a very positive experience overall there, his Kindergarten teacher is awesome, his classmates are such nice/good kids (as are their parents/families), I could go on and on.

    That being said, I have heard equally fabulous things about Keller and the biggest reason we are considering sending our son there is that it is closer to where we live, which is more convienient and “neighborhood” centered, which makes sense to us.

    As for insights – I have talked to 4 friends today who haven’t received letters. 3 of whom had already gotten their mail. One had talked to another friend, who knew someone who got an acceptance letter to Lenart today. So I really hope that doesn’t mean, for their sake and some of yours, that they only sent acceptance letters yesterday, but some of the signs do seem to be pointing that way. I have not talked to anyone in our neighborhood today that got a rejection letter.

    Okay, I need to step away from the computer… 😉

  • 192. RogersPark  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I found an article (see below) on the internet (Chicago Sun Times) that appears to explain the tier breakdown, which is determined by census data on the following factors/averages:
    Median Family Income ($ amount)
    Single parent households (%)
    Owner occupied homes (%)
    Speaks language other than English (%)
    Educational attainment percentage (%),CST-NWS-skuls24.article

    New fast tract to CPS top-flight schools?
    ECONOMIC DIVERSITY | Enrollment system can hurt poor kids in gentrified areas

    January 24, 2010


  • 193. Anxious Dad  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I’m happy to report that my kid got accepted to the South Loop Regional Gifted Center. The sense of relief that has overcome me makes me feel like I’m in a Calgon commercial.

  • 194. Ys Parents  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Did anyone get rejection letters today?

  • 195. SS Mom, too  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    @K’s Dad, you will love Mrs. Boncy at McDade!!! My daughter was in her class last year and she is the best kindergarten teacher ever. On a side note, the homework is a bit much but you’ll soon get used to it.

    We’re trying to move to Skinner West because of the diversity and it goes to 8th grade. My daughter has practically gotten straight A’s all year and she said the test was a breeze, but we didn’t receive a letter today. To calm my nerves, I’m convincing myself that we have to wait for more spots to open for the 2nd grade.

  • 196. RogersPark  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    The online article has an interactive map – so you can locate your census tract by zooming in to the streets.

  • 197. SS Mom, too  |  March 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Lenart’s 2nd grade class has 32 kids this year. So the 28 cap on gifted is false.

  • 198. CPSnewbie  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    My son got into Bell, our first choice! What a relief after a very hard year in non-gifted K program. He scored a 144, tier 3. I almost can’t believe it!

  • 199. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    A rousing HEAR HEAR! for cpsobsessed…we all have been able to de-stress on this site because of your hard work and diligence…thank you…I do belive I would plant a big wet kiss one your cheek if I could.

  • 200. BeverlyMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I’m hoping the “Ws” (or 2nd half of alphabet) got mailed today? Can anyone rec’ing letters today reveal first letter of last name to test my hypothesis?

  • 201. A different Christine  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Hi everyone. My husband and I had the same STRESSED! feeling 2 years ago. Our son got into Decatur (2nd choice) for KDG, then the following year, we had him tested for Edison (our 1st choice) just for the heck of it (since the principal said they will not have any opening for 1st grade in the fall.) Of course the letter said “Edison: Not selected”. But by summer (I believe it was June), we had a call from GEAP and said a spot opened up, 2 days to decide..we took it right away. So, don’t despair after the 1st round..there’ll still be many more rounds…(by the way, why am I still reading this ‘obsessed’ blog?..wondering…)

  • 202. b.rod  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    My son received his letter today. We got into Skinner North (I believe it was our last choice) His scores were RGC:108 Classical:137. Not sure how I feel about Skinner North because of the area. My fear is if we turn it down we won’t get into any other Classical school and from what I understand gifted is out of the question with his score. The only school we got in from the lottery was Andrew Jackson Language Academy, which I’m not upset about. I’m completely torn. What should I do?

  • 203. dazedandconfused  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I’m with Dave. CPSOBSESSED IS A GODDESS!!! all bow to the queen…

  • 204. Sent Off Again  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I see no academic center acceptance letters here…So I am assuming those letters were the group that supposedly went out today

  • 205. parent  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    My dd got into Skinner North with a 147. We are staying at our private school, so I will call first thing Monday to give up our spot so someone else’s anxiety can be put to rest.

  • 206. K to1st northside  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Just got our letter! My daughter (currently K going to 1st) was accepted to Beaubien. RGC score: 121 Classical: Reading 99 Math 94. I’m not sure if this means we will not hear from the other schools on our preferred list? @ 3rd Grade Mom: a little concerned abt the no recess. Do you think this would ever change? How do you like the principal? How are extracurricular programs? Anyone else have opinions on Beaubien? We are on the fence abt moving to the burbs…

  • 207. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    b. rod
    the accompanying letter seems to confirm your thinking….gifted assessment scores below 115 exclude consideration to gefted centers. Ourdaughter received very similar scores and was accepted into skinner north(they have two kindergarten classes), with no pssibility of sliding into a gifted spot should one open. We are facing a long commute, with our neighborhood school a decent fall-back option(they a have a comprehensive gifted center), and many friends that she has made-we just hosted a kiddies movie/popcorn this afternoon….what do we do?

  • 208. 3rd grade mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    @ K to 1st –

    Congrats on BB. My understanding is that you won’t hear from any other Gifted/Classical schools, but would still hear from magnets etc.

    I don’t think the recess issue will ever change – I asked why it was that way and they said that the principal is afraid kids will get hurt badly on the playground. Of course, on nice days the kids are all out before school starts running around the playground (and a couple of the PE teachers bring out balls and supervise). They have a separate waiting area for the littler kids vs the big ones. Also, the different hours mean that the buses can be used for two sets of CPS pick-ups and drop-offs (BB runs 8:00 – 1:45).

    I don’t know the principal at all. Mostly I’ve had interactions with the office staff and my son’s teacher and some other parents. Most of the extracurricular start in the later grades, so we haven’t explored them much yet either.

    Hard decisions. Good luck!

  • 209. AllCriedOut  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    @BeverlyMom I know folks with the last names L and S got their letters today. Sorry to blow your theory!

  • 210. BeverlyMom  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Darn it! I’ve still got my fingers crossed for something tomorrow!

  • 211. Patiently waiting  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I too am awaiting an academic center letter……..

  • 212. Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    To Stressed Mom and others interested in Coonley — I toured it and liked it a lot. The RGC seemed the same as South Loop’s and all the others I saw. The school itself is really beautiful. It’s an old (100 year) building with those nice super wide wood hallways, but the whole school had a massive facelift a year ago (when they became a gifted school), so everything is fresh, new paint, new auditorium equipment. New gym. Nice! They also have a track for special needs kids there, so they are a center for those kids. I thought it seemed like a great school with a lot of caring teachers. The only caveat I would add was that I saw a lot of young teachers teaching the gifted classrooms — since they just started that program. That’s not necessarily a negative though.

  • 213. AllCriedOut  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    LOL! @BeverlyMom and Patiently waiting, I was actually hoping that the first 1/2 (A-K) of the alphabet hadn’t been mailed out already! But tomorrow will be our day!

  • 214. b.rod  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Feel your pain. I’m glad you’re neighborhood school is a good option w/friends included. I wish we had someone we knew at either of our options. Unfortunately none of my sons pre-k friends were accepted to the school we’re at now or the ones we got into. People have mentioned to me that you can always reapply next year, but I don’t want him to make new friends and get comfortable just to change schools next year. These are some tough decisions to be made, and more stressful than I thought kIindergarten would be!

  • 215. IJB  |  March 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    This is probably a dumb question, but does anyone know if the neighborhood kids are in the same class at the Classical kids at Skinner West. I read their classroom curriculum and it was unclear.

  • 216. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I am one of the mom that have not gotten the letter today. Since there are so many reports of acceptance posted here, so I’ve counted all of these, seems that there are acutally only 17 acceptance are posted here. I cannot say I am no giving up, but at least it seems that there is still chance for good news tomorrow. 🙂

  • 217. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    We are Tier 4.
    Gifted 159
    Classical 144
    Made it into Edison!!!

  • 218. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Can I ask if they told you if the acceptance is based on the citywide ranking or the tier ranking?

  • 219. dazedandconfused  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    the neighborhood kids are across the hall from the classical kids. there are 2 classical classrooms with this year having 28 in one class and 30 in the other. In the classical program they tested the kids in the first couple weeks of school in reading and math and placed them into 4 groups [2 per class] so alot of the kids from one classical classroom change rooms for reading and math.

  • 220. jmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    @SW Side Mom…my son is going to first grade

  • 221. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    @Liz Mom-I do not see any tier or Q designation on our letter. I just know we reside in Tier 4. I suspect with these scores, we made the citywide group.

  • 222. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    @What’s the Score? – Interesting. Somehow I thought CPS disclosure that info on the HS SE acceptance letter.

  • 223. two cents  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    So, are they using a new exam??? The scores are so different. So darn HIGH! Th impossible just got MORE impossible. Then again there was one in the 120s that got into a RGC that surprised me.

  • 224. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    For those parents who received acceptance letter today, do you kids all goes to expensive day care? Do any of you kids goes to regular half day preschool? Just curious.

  • 225. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    our daughter goes to the local cps half-day pre-k….some minimal refrigerator magnet letters(leap frog) and spelling

  • 226. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    don’t forget that if the gifted score is above 115, there is a decent chance of getting into an open spot once the first wave of refusals happen. there could be a lot of chain-reaction openings going on.

  • 227. Kelly  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    My twins got into kindergarten at Skinner North. I’m thrilled to have them both in and both at the same school, but I was hoping for our first choice, Decatur, because it’s much closer to home. I don’t know much about Skinner North — can anyone enlighten me?

  • 228. K's Dad  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    SS Mom. Thanks for the McDade info. Good luck with the move, but we wouldn’t be sad to keep you at McDade. We’re starting to have questions. Do they wear uniforms? Are they considering the Year Round tracks? Did you like the after-school programs?

  • 229. SW Side Jen  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I heart CPS Obsessed!

  • 230. dazedandconfused  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    every year is different and last year was craziness but just wanted to say that a 145 did not get into coonley K last year.

  • 231. AllCriedOut  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Has there been any posts for anyone accepted to Lenart?

  • 232. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Kelly – what’s your twin’s score?

  • 233. hlmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Did anyone get accepted for an upper grade at any of the gifted centers, meaning you are transfering in or are all these acceptances for the entry level grade of the school?? Just letter but we are trying to tranfer from one gifted to another.

  • 234. dave4118  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    kelly, i did the school open house a few months ago and found it warm and inviting….it was standing in the shadows of a a formidable-looking CHA high-rise…the high-rise is now vacant and scheduled to be demolished…if ihasn’t already been torn down. There is another open house on April 6th(1-3pm) our daughter is also in the pre-k for this coming year so my wife wants to visit. The area is a once dangerous war-zone, but those days are long gone…there is still a dicey look and feel to the area…and there probably is still some element of true inner-city menace. BUT…there is a brand new police precinct a block away and gentrification abounds. We are leaning towards accepting…and we live in the Horner Park area.

  • 235. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    dave4118 – thank you for the input. I am anxious to know if my my girl will even score near that 115. Also, I wonder how many parents will really give up their spot.

  • 236. SS Mom, too  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    @ K’s Dad, we love McDade and won’t be too sad, especially my daughter, if we stay. No school uniforms, only for gym. We started the free afterschool programs this year (art and ballroom dancing). I thought they were a waste of time but she loved it. She also took violin lessons (not free) but quit after 3 months…broke my heart.

    Feel free to email me directly if you’d like… I would be happy to answer more questions.

  • 237. What's the Score?  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Isn’t all daycare expensive? I guess I would characterize ours as moderately pricey (but significantly less than Kindercare, if that gives you any idea). I think our daughter just really fits the majority of those “characteristics of gifted children.” Now I have the number to justify my gut feeling that our child really needs accelerated instruction.

  • 238. Stephanie  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Son got accepted to Carnegie RGC, which was our 4th choice. He scored RGC 135 and Classical 125. While we liked the school when we visited, we really were hoping for South Loop. We really liked the idea of sending or 3yr old there for daycare.

    I just looked back at my notes from the open house and I’m starting to feel better about it. They were one of the few schools that still had art, gym and library once a week. Also recess is at the discretion of the teacher.

    I still think this entire process sux

  • 239. LR  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    momx3 – My daughter’s score getting into Bell is 128. We are in Tier 3. I’m thinking we may have been helped by this new selections process. Last year we got 97th percentile – didn’t get in. I think 128 is near 97th percentile (it says in the letter we got that 130 is 98th percentile). So, after all my cynicism about the Tiers not making much of a difference, I think it ended up in our favor.

  • 240. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    What’s the Score? – Agree. All day care are expensive. My daughter’s teachers keep telling us she is smart but I really don’t think so. I agree the score could give us better idea of about that. Thank God that we did register her to a pretty good private school, so we are not too worry if she was not accepted. Of course, if she did, we can put those money to a better use.

  • 241. det3mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    RGC: 135, CS: 138

    Accepted at Skinner West (first choice). Applied to 20 magnet schools and received wait list letters at some of schools listed above. Neighborhood school is awful and cant do private so very relieved about Skinner.

    Have older children at Skinner West and opted to go to west campus when moved to new school last year. To answer some of the Skinner questions: True, almost never have recess. Gym twice per week. In younger grades, classrooms are big and teachers do a good job moving kids back and forth between tables, floor, etc. to work in some physical movement as break between activities. Took my boys 45-60 minutes to complete kindergarten homework each night plus around 4 bigger projects during the year and about 25 book reports. (IMHO length of time depends on temper of kids – mine could sit still but not at all interested in picking up a pencil.) After school care through park district and hard to get. Neighborhood kindergarten class is separate.

  • 242. IJB  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks dazedandconfused for your information! LizMom, my daughter has never been to preschool. Kindergarden will be her first formal schooling. She got a 131 score both RGC and Classical and was accepted into Skinner West.

  • 243. Liz Mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    IJB – Good to know. I guess you daugther is really smart and you are really good at teaching her then. My daugther could write her 9 letters long name when she was 3, her school didn’t start teaching them writing their names back then. However, we have been very busy with her baby sister and at work in the past year. I felt bad that we were not able to teach her more for the test. I look forward to see how good or bad her score will be. 🙂
    By the way, I think day care does less help than parent to the kid.

  • 244. parent  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    LizMom and others, I definitely think prior schooling helps on these tests. And let’s remember, these are very young children, being given extremely subjective tests. I don’t think very much ought to be concluded from these results, other than that it is an admittedly flawed method of trying to objectively select students for a small number of spots. Hopefully there will be movement on these lists soon as spots open up (I know of several peole who are not taking their spots), so that most everyone here will end up with a school they are happy with.

  • 245. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    “Oh, and thanks for giving my little blog my first day of hits over 3000. Of course that is all from the same 50 or so people, but still….”

    you crack me up. pays to have obsessed readers 😉

    @A Different Christine — mind if I ask why you switched out of Decatur into Edison? I feel so bad for feeling this way, but a small part of me wonders whether we should’ve put Edison first instead of Decatur.

    @What’s the Score — congrats!! yowzas on that RGC score!

  • 246. the heckler  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I too would like to know if anyone out there has gotten any letters of acceptance or rejection or even just test scores for grades 2nd and above? I have a to be 4th grader and have not gotten a letter yet. Know of another family the same, but got an acceptance letter for their 1st grader.

  • 247. mom of 3  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Can anyone explain the scores for me. My daughter was accepted into #1 choice Keller, for first grade next year. I was only given a percentage score for her classical tests and a number for her gifted test. Is the number her IQ?? What is the range of acceptance for the gifted schools? Is a classical or a gifted harder to get intot?? I would value some input. I do not want to put her into a program that might be too hard for her. Thanks!!

  • 248. mom z  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    @cpsobsessed: yes, I was addressing commenter #170. My son got 147 RGC/129 Classical.

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t toured any of the GEAP schools and that I don’t even know what order I listed our preferences. I’ve just been happy with my older son’s school and had my younger son tested out of curiosity. I knew he was a sharp guy, but I didn’t know he would score so high, and now I need to consider the choices and whether I “owe” him a gifted education.

  • 249. A different Christine  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    @Selena – don’t get me wrong, we love Decatur, we were so sad leaving…NOTHING negative…but the 7th-8th grade was the biggest factor.

  • 250. rvmom  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Saw on Coonley’s website that they are doing a tour for prospective parents with children admitted to the RGC on 4/8 from 9:30 – 11:00 am. Another chance to take a look before you make a final decision.

  • 251. NWSide mom  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Just wanted to clarify that there are kids in the Coonley kindergarten class this year that got in with a score in the low 140s.

  • 252. selena  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    @A different Christine — thanks. that’s in the back of my mind too…

  • 253. CPSnewbie  |  March 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    My son scored a 146 on the gifted test last year and did not get into Coonley Kindergarten – our first choice.

  • 254. mom z  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    @rvmom: Thanks! I looked earlier today and that tour was not there.

  • 255. Can't decide  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Does anyone know if we can tour Skinner West prior to the deadline? I toured 4 other schools but didn’t make it to Skinner where my daughter was accepted.
    Lizmom – we’ve been doing expensive private school since 3 years old but that was mostly because she seemed to need early schooling to meet her needs. Her behaviour has improved so much since we got her into a challenging school setting. I’m sure her current schooling must have helped on the test to a certain extent. She also just has the most amazing memory of anyone I know so it seems to really help her out with reading, etc.

  • 256. KCK  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    @Liz Mom – my son scored 154 on the classical and he’s just going to the local cps for 1/2 day Pre-K.

  • 257. dazedandconfused  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    i’m confused [obviously that happens alot]
    last year the gifted was a number which specifically said scores over 130 were considered gifted. the classical score was a percentage and not a number.

    SPECIFICALLY the CLASSICAL- this year you all seem to be getting 1 number [preferably over 100]
    we got 2 percentages- 99 for reading and 98 math.
    i’m guessing because it’s the K entering 1st grade testing as opposed to entering K. anyone else confirm?

  • 258. CPSnewbie  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    My son is K going into 1st and also received the two classical scores, 98 reading and 99 math. It must be a different testing method for the group test as opposed to the one-on-one test for preK into K. But he was placed in a regional gifted school and not Decatur or Skinner West.

  • 259. kb  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Has anyone out there received a letter for the Whitney Young 7th and 8th grade program?

  • 260. 215ChiMama  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I don’t believe that “no letter today = no offer”. As another poster noted if you count the actual numbers here and/or on NPN (which could include alot of duplicates) it’s just not possible.

    Another thought is this. If you did not get accepted would you be rushing to log-on and post it? 🙂

    Here’s to the Chicago Postal workers. Please don’t mess up this time. I think the OAE will allow you to come in and get a copy of the letter once a reasonable amount of time has elapsed since they were mailed, and you never received yours. Do you think 24 hours is long enough?

  • 261. cm  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    My son was accepted for 1st grade to Decatur today, just FYI…so Decatur letters seem to be out. Not sure what to do! We are very happy at his current private school now…

  • 262. 215ChiMama  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Also meant to say that I love the blog, but maybe your statement in your post that says “it appears only acceptance letters have gone out” is aiding in freaking some people out? 🙂

    I realize you say “appears” but still….people tend to trust your source which is great and nobody has confirmed that this is the case, right? Good luck everyone!

  • 263. mom3  |  March 26, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    My son got a letter of acceptance today for Edison. He will be entering 3rd grade. He is at Decatur. I second that Decatur is a great school, but am seriously considering it because of the lack of 7th and 8th grade at Decatur.

  • 264. ChicagoCPA  |  March 27, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Accepted to Decatur with RGC: 119 CS: 175

  • 265. LR  |  March 27, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Dazed and Confused – Yes K going into 1st we got 2 scores for Classical.

  • 266. 0401JMM  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Hi CPSobsessed! Somebody on NPN asked me to post my results here. I think that they meant gifted….We got our GEAP letter today (3/26). Ds got into Edison with a score of 168 in tier 3. Good luck to everyone, I hope you get some news soon!

  • 267. SW Side Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 7:21 am

    jmom – Looking forward to meeting you and your son! 🙂 Maybe we can get our boys together for a playdate sometime?! If you want to contact me my email is

    AllCriedOut – I know of one Beverly neighborhood friend whose son got into Lenart for K next year.

    Mom of 3 – Congrats on your daughter getting into Keller for 1st grade! 🙂 My son got in too and we are leaning towards sending him there. The number for the gifted test score is not representative of IQ, from what I understand. I don’t know if there is a set range of acceptance for the gifted schools. I did read on the sheet they sent with our letters that they won’t accept students who score below 115. You can see a big range of scores posted here in the comments.

    We didn’t have our son tested for any classical schools/programs, so I can’t speak to that. I was worried about a Gifted school being too hard for my son last year, when we were deciding whether or not to take the spot he was offered at Lenart. He does have to work hard, but he is doing great this year at Lenart! I have heard that the Gifted test score is supposedly a “School Ability Index” and thus can indicate that your child has the ability to succeed in the program. The GEAP schools/programs I have heard and experienced seem to be very supportive of helping their students to do well! Good luck with your decision! 🙂

  • 268. sfw  |  March 27, 2010 at 7:28 am

    We got word Friday that our son was accepted at Decatur. His classical test score was 144, and we live in Tier 2.

  • 269. jmom  |  March 27, 2010 at 7:30 am

    @mom of 3…I wondered also about putting my daughter in Keller because I was afraid that it might be too challenging based on her test score-that year she scored in the 84th percentile. I don’t even know how she got in. However, she is there and thriving. She has gotten all A’s every marking period. She came from a classical school before going to Keller.

  • 270. K's Dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Percentile Calculator: Here’s one I found online that doesn’t require special software. Use a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. Next, treat the probability as the percentile. You have to plug in a number between 0 and 1 to start, then hit Calculate. This will calculate the probability associated with that score. You have to manually change the probability (= percentile) to find the score.

    You can find out other fun stuff too. For example, the probability of a 140 is 1 out 260.

    mom of 3 – if you post a score, I can post the percentile and the other associated statistics.

    Please comment on this approach and my assumptions (Normal Distributions, SD of 15, etc).

  • 271. CPSmom  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

    mom3, where do the Decatur kids usually go for 7th & 8th grade? Are there any plans to expand Decatur through 8th grade?

  • 272. mom of 3  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Thaks for the input. My daughter scored a 120 for RGC. That scores does not seem high compared to some of the other scores posted. I think the 91% if that is her IQ???? I am very please she scored that high….but some of these scores like 150…thats unreal! She is a wonderful reader and scores in the 98% in the classical reading but her math was way lower than that. I am pleased she got into our first choice with no wait and we did accept a spot. She is at a private school now so we have a lot of decisions to make. I just wish I had an idea of what the 120 represents. Any feedback is much appreciated! Thanks!

  • 273. SW Side Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

    mom of 3 – Congrats again on Keller! My son and I look froward to meeting you and your daughter! 🙂 As for the variance in scores that got into Keller and/or other scores ranges in specific GEAP schools, it might be due the the Tier system of admissions this year, since they need to take equal amounts from each of the tiers after they intitally take the top 35 – 40%, if I understand correctly.

  • 274. SS Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Not sure if this question has been asked before, but how is it that some magnet schools, according to the CPS scorecards, have such high test scores, even though the students are chosen by random lottery? I understand why the classical/gifted schools rank so high, but some of these magnet schools are right up there with them. Anyone have a reasonable explanation or speculation?

  • 275. Kelly  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for the Skinner North info, dave4118! I’m planning to attend the open house on the 6th. Can’t wait to get a look around and ask some questions.

    Someone said that kindergartners at Skinner West have 45-60 minutes of homework per night. Is that normal/average at the classical and RGC schools? That sounds like an awful lot to ask of a kindergartner, in my opinion.

  • 276. SouthLoopMom  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Letter received today.
    Got first choice (South Loop RGC–Kindergarten)
    Scores were RGC 148 and Classical 135

    I’m reposting the above from my #175 comment because I forgot to mention that we live in a Tier 1 locale. Letter didn’t mention tier. I looked it up.

    Also I have some info on time spent in the test. My son said that he had to spell a lot of words. I assume that was part of the Classical section of the testing. He is a good speller but takes FOREVER to sound out the words and form the letters. And he erases a lot if the letters don’t look quite right to him. So my bet is that a significant portion of the 55 or so minutes that he spent in the test was spent on that, and that it ultimately had no bearing on his Classical score and had nothing to do with his Gifted score. Hope that makes some parents feel better!

  • 277. parent  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Does anyone have any idea how many K spots there were in both classical and RGC, and how many kids tested? I’m guessing there were about 500 total spots, and thousands of kids tested, but have no idea.

  • 278. KCK  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    @ parent – I was told there were as many as 2,167 applications for Kindergarten as of 1/13/10, by that time the OAE was still processing the applications.

    Let’s all figure out how many spots (assuming 28kids/class), cpsobsessed followers please help if you know the class number:
    1. SouthLoop – 1 class
    2. Lenart – 1 class
    3. Skinner West – 2 class
    4. Skinner North – 2 class
    5. Coonley –
    6. Decatur –
    7. Edison –
    8. Pritzker –
    9. Beasley –
    10. Carnegie –
    11. McDade –
    12. Poe –

  • 279. K's Dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Mom of 3: 120 is the 91% percentile. That means a person with that score is in the top 9% of the population (one of the elites). You should be very happy. Percentile changes increase slower at higher levels. Plus, there is a confidence interval that would indicated a person with that score might be as high as 93rd-95th percentile, but the test may not have accurately assessed the person due to the selection of questions, or the persons health, etc. Finally, remember that the score for entering a school depends on the ranked preferences. The kid with the 29th highest score in the whole city (probably about a 170) might not get their first choice if the first 28 all chose that school.

    Congratulations on having a smart child.

    If someone reminds me how many pre-k children took the test, I can calculate the confidence interval for most people (its probably +/1 1 point). There were probably far fewer 1st graders taking the test and the 99% confidence interval could be as much as +/-4 points .

  • 280. SW Side Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Keller has 1 class.

  • 281. Paul  |  March 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    We got our letter this morning. My son took both the gifted and classical tests for Kindergarten. He scored a 125 for the regional gifted centers and 120 for the classical schools. Not bad, but he wasn’t selected for any of the GEAP schools this round. It’s nice to know he scored so well.

    We have an excellent neighborhood school (Agassiz) and another child that can start pre-k next year, so in all likelihood we will stay at Agassiz even if we’re offered a spot in a gifted or classical school.

    As for the testing experience, my son loved it. He was really excited about it, and was proud of himself when he finished the test. He said “I finished the whole thing!” He was in there for a good 45 minutes.

    We’ll probably test again next year. I’d be curious to see how his test scores might change from year to year.

  • 282. 2ndtimearound  |  March 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Future second grade placement at Coonley with a score of 141 from Tier 4 (I think). No % listed for RGC. Classical scores 96 reading and 96 Math (which is odd because he has been tested at school for reading and is at the 3rd grade level even though he is in 1st grade)
    Child entering K next year has not received a letter yet from OAE.

  • 283. Amy  |  March 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Franklin – wait list #?
    Thorpe -wait list #36
    Lasalle- wait list #171
    Andrew Jackson – not accepted or wait listed

    RGC 107
    Classical 123
    Tier 2
    We did not get into any of our choices.
    The testing scared me. My son has a tendency to goof off to much. He will intentionally say the opposite or make up something funny when asked to interpret a picture. I am so bummed. When he isn’t being tested he astonishes my husband and I with his skills at debate, logic and reasoning. I am bummed.

    Does anyone know if they already instituted the 37 student class room for this round in magnets?

  • 284. Morgan Park Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Any Morgan Park acceptance letters to Keller or Lenart?

  • 285. SW Side Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    CPSObsessed – Just saw the article in the Trib (,0,5712084.story) about the admissions process and you! You’re Famous! 😉

  • 286. mac  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I just received my son’s letter. Unfortunately, he did not get accepted to Keller- the only school I applied to for him. BUMMER!!!!!!!!!!

  • 287. K's Dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Correction: I should not have said that I could calculate the confidence interval knowing the test population. These scores are almost certainly not scaled on this year’s small test population, but rather on some larger study population used to develop the test. My guess might still be right that it could be as high as +/- 4 points.

  • 288. K's Dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    mac—do you mind sharing the score? Maybe we can make a prediction for your 2nd round chances.

  • 289. 3 girls  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    K’s Dad – when my kindergartener took the test this year, they told me that the scores/percentiles were calculated from a national pool of tens of thousands of kids. Also said that they were compared to kids only in their birth month, so the Sept/Oct birthdays have no advantage for being a little older.

  • 290. Patiently waiting  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Anyone heard from the academic centers????

  • 291. Ahh...the agony of the wait...  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Nothing in the mail today either……..

  • 292. Paul  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    FYI: If you want to know the percentile that your test scores correspond to, you can call the IIT Call Center today – 4/2, 4/6, and 4/8 at (312) 567-7045. I just called and they said my son’s 125 score on the gifted test corresponds to the 95th percentile, and his 120 on the classical test corresponds to the 91st percentile.

  • 293. SW Side Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks Paul! 🙂 I just called too and was my son’s RGC score of 131 is in the 98th percentile. The man I spoke with encourages any of you that are interested to call the number on your letters/that Paul posted above and he will be happy to talk with you about what they mean/the percentiles.

    He also told me that the scale for the RGC scores is 50 – 150. I asked how it is then that some kids actually score above 150 and he said that it is possible and that those kids are above the 99.9th percentile. He said he thought the highest he had heard of for a RGC was 160.

  • 294. Sent Off Again  |  March 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Any parents waiting for academic centers letters receive them today? This is RIDICULOUS

  • 295. AllCriedOut  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    No letter today with results. Did it get lost in the mail! Seriously! Got 5 letters from schools today:

    1. Lasalle (194 Waitlist)
    2. Vanderpoel (118 Waitlist)
    3. Jackson (no seat)
    4. Turner-Drew (no seat)
    5. Pershing East (We’ve got a seat! Thank goodness at least something somewhat favorable.)

    Still have about 5-6 other magnet schools that I’m waiting to hear from.

  • 296. very frustrated dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I am very sad to say that our little boy did not get into any school so far… We live in Tier 3 area & our 5 year old applied for K.

    He got RGC score of 137 & classical score of 121. These score were not good enough for our preferred choices (Skinner West, Skinner North & South Loop).

    We are currently waited listed at Franklin (#?), LaSalle (#56), Mark Sheridan (#17) for general lottery. We also applied for Andrew Jackson for proximity lottery, but the letter sounded more like complete rejection (no mention of wait list at all….). We are especially sad for Andrew Jackson, since we live just a few block away from the school.

    I really dislike the whole process. I don’t know what little chance we have in getting any of our choices. Our neighborhood school is totally out of question (Smyth) as only 3% of student meet state standard!!! I guess we may have to move out of city if nothing work out. This whole thing is nonsense….

  • 297. CPSnewbie  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Just curious – is everyone on here trying to get into K or are there people trying for 1st grade as well? Does anyone know anything about Bell? Do they have aftercare type programs for working parents, sports, clubs? I couldn’t find out much online.

  • 298. Southsideobsessed  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    No OAE lerrer:(
    Of the 30 + applications waitlisted for
    Lassale – 134
    Vanderpool – 41
    Gunsaulus – 54
    Sheridan – 82
    Jackson – not waitlisted or accepted
    Turner-Drew – waitlist unknown number
    Franklin – waitlist unknown number
    Arieal – waitlist unknown number
    Woodlawn – interview completed haven’t heard yet

    Interesting that someone mentioned spelling. My son is in preschool but his private preschool has a certified kindergarten. He was immediatly placed in the kindergarten class. They do spelling tests every Friday which I think is advanced – but couldn’t hurt. Last weeks words were let, are, can, but and cut.
    I too wish that all the schools would put the wait list number down. Being number 2 on a waiting list is a big difference from being 134.
    My son does better in math than reading (is doing simple division). So I was hoping for a classical school.
    Maybe better luck on Monday.

  • 299. No letter yet  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    To those who have not yet received a gifted/classical letter yet — did you test later in the process? We were in one of the last groups to test and I am wondering if this is the reason for the delay — doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but I thought I’d ask.

  • 300. Southsideobsessed  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    My son tested on Jan 19

  • 301. 2ndtimearound  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    kid #1 who got accepted tested last 2 days of january. kid #2 tested for k a week later.

  • 302. anxious  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Anyone have any thoughts on the chances of getting into South Loop’s gifted program w/ a score of 134 (tier 3). Either our son get in or we move to the suburbs.

  • 303. parent  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I called to get percentiles. My daughter tested in the 99th percentile and we did not get our first choice RGC (South Loop). Her classical score of 148 was the 99.9% (according to the call center). This just demonstrates how tough it was this year. HOpefully things will move.

  • 304. cpsobsessed  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    @No letter yet: I am pretty sure test date doesn’t affect notification (unfortunately.)

    @KCK: Coonley, Edison, Pritzker all take 1 class per year. Decatur alternates between 1 and 2 each year.

    @K’s Dad: I love your analyses! I think you’re right about not being able to calculate the error range.
    I remember from last year that I called the gifted office and I swear they said something like 5000 (or maybe 8000?) kids tested (across all grades.) Somehow I’d figured out that about HALF of the kids who should get spots (based on top 2% maybe?) actually got one. I remember thinking that Chicago only had half as many spots as needed (assuming all 98% kids should have a spot.)

  • 305. cpsobsessed  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    @Very frustrated dad – I’m so sorry… I feel like *something* has got to work out. It’s very hard when you don’t have a good neighborhood back-up school. Are there any good neighborhood schools nearby that you could try to get into? Any “up-and-coming” schools that are trying to grow enrollment?

  • 306. K's Dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Percentile Calculator: Just noticed my link didn’t post:
    Instructions in Post #270

    3 girls: Thanks for the info

    SS Mom: Thanks for the help.

    anxious: I think you’re chances are good with a 134 getting into South Loop 2nd round if that school was your 1st choice. That score corresponds to 98.826 % percentile. That means only 1 in 85 people gets a score higher than that. We see one person with a 148 got in South Loop. That’s a super high score (99.931% percentile or about 1 in 1,145).

    I know of people who tested this year to get the free diagnostics (probably worth $500 right?), but they love Frances Parker, St. Ignatius, etc. and they are not going to accept the South Loop slot.

    Good luck.

  • 307. mom of 3  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    @ k’s Dad…thanks for the information. I did call Paul and he confirmed your 91%. I am proud of her. The tiered process might have helped us a bit! Some of these scores are amazing! I am new to the whole process. Just talked to a fellow beverly mom amd she is awaiting letters for both of her kids. Nothing today in the mail. Thanks!

  • 308. obsessed2  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Poe has 1 class

  • 309. KMom  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    @very frustrated dad

    We are currently waitlisted #56 at LaSalle too. How come we have the same number? Maybe different tier?

  • 310. very frustrated dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm


    That’s indeed interesting. Are you also going for K? We applied for general lottery, and we live in Tier 3. Do they have separate number for different Tier? (If that’s the case, I guess the situation is even more hopeless….)

  • 311. jmom  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    @K’s dad what is the percentile for RGC score of 128?

  • 312. KMom  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    @very frustrated dad

    Yes, we are applying for K, and we live in Tier 3 too. It’s so so so interesting.

  • 313. mom of 3  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Qiock question…once accepted in tp gifted program do you retest every year?! Once in are you in for the duration…?

  • 314. Kelly  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Just called the OAE office to find out our percentiles. My twins’ scores of 130 and 131 on the classical test equate to about 98th percentile, or so the lovely man told me. I’m amazed that 98th percentile wasn’t good enough to get us into our first-choice school! I guess the competition is really fierce this year. I won’t complain. The more I learn about Skinner North, the more I like it, and Decatur does have a few drawbacks (that whole K-6 business, for example).

  • 315. mac  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    in for the duration

  • 316. Anonymous  |  March 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Two of you got the same number at LaSalle? I didn’t think they could differentiate other than tier. Maybe boy/girl? Can they still do that? Anyway, just to keep the LaSalle numbers going … waitlisted #77 at LaSalle. We live virtually across the street. Ha. So, I guess proximity didn’t help us!

    That’s okay, though, because we probably would have chosen Lincoln, anyway. It’s just that it would have been difficult to get over the “roll out of bed and go to school” factor. I wish I could have been accepted just to give up my spot for someone without a good neighborhood alternative. Best of luck to all.

    Oh. And, honestly, this whole crazy process HAS to become more transparent. And, I think it just simply has to CHANGE. It’s not working for far too many parents who want to invest in public schools. And that makes me sad.

  • 317. jmom  |  March 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    @Kelly..unfortunately, most of the kids who get into their first choice of classical schools score in the 99th percentile. That’s disheartening when your child scores in the 98th. I’ve had two kids go to a classical school and their scores were 99.6 and 99.8. Their scores were indicative of a lot of their classmates as well. That being said, CPS should recognize this and open more classical schools to meet the needs of these high scoring students.

  • 318. mrs2010  |  March 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    all you experts…please help! got a “rejection” letter today but all the scores were blank….called IIT and the guy was nice but of no help…any ideas?

  • 319. Miasmom  |  March 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    140 on gifted- hooray!
    No offers- boooooooooo!
    Feeling hopeful we will get a call in the second round. Right? Maybe? I sure hope so.

    I also wish I could remember how I ranked the schools. Pretty sure it was Coonley and then Pritzker.

  • 320. cpsobsessed  |  March 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    @Miasmom – jeez, I DO have to think that with a 140 you’ll get in somewhere. Wow, that is unbelievable. What Tier are you in? Do you know?

  • 321. 0401JMM  |  March 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    SW Side Mom — Its very strange that someone at RGC told you that the top out for gifted was 150, or at least he had never heard of higher than 160. My son got a 168. I am not gloating, believe me no one was more shocked than me by his score. Its actually freaking me out..I keep thinking they are going to call me and say it was a computer glitch and he didn’t get into Edison after all. It just goes to show you how crazy this whole process is…even the people at RGC don’t know of absolute answers.

  • 322. 2 children left behind...  |  March 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    @ Very Frustrated Dad

    In exact same situation as you. Got rejections from Jackson and LaSalle today. Only neighborhood option is Smyth which is not really an option as you already know. We have nothing.

  • 323. confused mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    My daughter scored 143, but was not admitted to any of the schools we selected – could it have anything to do with birth date? Her birthday is in late August

  • 324. Christine  |  March 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    For those getting into South Loop, may I ask what your Tier is and if South Loop is also your neighborhood school? We’re not even applying til next year but I’m curious. Thanks for letting me be nosey.

  • 325. sak  |  March 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I have three kids; two in gifted regional centers. Working on the third one. I have never perused this website before, and even though I have found it to be useful, I have found the information to be more theoretical than literal. I’m more stressed out than ever before.
    I called the call center and they said that the last of the letters went out today AND that it wasn’t only acceptance letters that went out first.
    When my second child got in, I didn’t ever receive my letter because it got lost in the mail.
    Don’t dismay and don’t look too much into the numbers. The system is fallible and you are not going to be able to figure out what your child did wrong or your chances are that you will get in. It will drive you crazy.
    All of you on this site, obviously want the best for your children and will do anything to make sure that they get the best education. Know that more important ly that you are the advocate for your child and they will get what they need to get because you won’t accept any less.
    My third child did not get into gifted for first grade last year and it has caused me great consternation. But we do at home what she’s not getting at school and she will thrive and get where she needs to be! IF not here, then I will take her elsewhere.
    Keep your heads up, your hearts light, and your faith intact.

  • 326. completely baffled  |  March 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Just a thought regarding why some people haven’t received letters yet – could it be the letters were sent out based on age, or month of birthdate? Just grasping at straws – no GEAP letter in the mail today. We did get a wait list number of 11 at Thorp though….

    We mailed out 63 applications – only 14 responses so far, no great prospects yet. This is maddening.

  • 327. SouthLoopMom  |  March 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    RE: #324 Christine–
    Tier 1–we are in the neighborhood. RGC 148.

  • 328. Ahh...the agony of the wait...  |  March 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Coud it be that they sent out the letters for the 40 percent of kids who got in by test score alone first because that was cut and dry? The other 60 percent they may have had to tweak depending on the results they got? I guess we’ll know more on Monday…..

  • 329. Miasmom  |  March 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    @cpsobsessed, we are in the ever popular tier 3. I’m wondering if I hurt our chances by listing Coonley first, since I know alot of people like it. We really loved it on the tour, but we liked Pritzker too and would be happy with either. Oh well. Here’s to a few more weeks of obsessing. (raising glass of wine.)

  • 330. SW Side Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    0401JMM — The person I talked to was at IIT, not the GEAP headquarters. So he/they just deal with the testing/scores, not the placements. When he said that he didn’t recall hearing of higher than 160, I thought I had heard of higher, but wasn’t sure. Maybe “most” of the scores are between 50 – 150? Though I have never heard of anyone getting lower than a 98, but that is just people I know or who have told me scores over the past few years. I doubt that everyone at the GEAP office know all the answers either though. That is awesome that your son got a 168! 🙂 Congrats on your son’s score and getting into Edison! 🙂

  • 331. K's Dad  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    jmom 128 is 97th percentile! Congrats!

    Highest score possible? I’d predict only one 164 for Chicago if it were a normal population. A 171 is a 1 in1 million score. There are probably about 1 million 4 years olds in the Midwest, so if the smartest people in the Midwest come to Chicago, we’d see that 171 score here.

    Scores by Tier: I hope CPS will report the elementary scores by tier as they did for high schools. Maybe the federal investigation required this. We need to continue the trend towards transparency.

  • 332. dre  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Received GEAP results for my Pre-K daughter today.
    RGC: 139, Classical: 120. Sadly, no acceptance.
    I called IIT and was told that the 120 score for the Classical Schools was the 91st percentile, and the 139 RGC score was the 99.5 percentile. We are Tier 4. First choice was Pritzker. I think the 139 score is borderline for Tier 4 for Pritzker. We are hopeful of getting in in round 2, etc.

  • 333. Elizabeth  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    We got a letter that we are #5 on the waiting list at LaSalle Language Academy for K. The letter did not contain any tier info. Does anyone have thoughts on our chances of actually getting in? Do the waiting lists move at all? Thanks!

  • 334. anonymous  |  March 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I think you definitely have a chance at #5. I’m not sure about the Tiers, though, because that is all new. If there are four waiting lists, that is different.. I just know that in past years being #5 (no tiers, one waitlist) was not entirely hopeless. Last year was a weird year and the principal said they let in a lot more than ever before. You never know., Good luck!!

    I honestly would say to keep calling. I know it’s not supposed to work that way, but in the past, it did.

  • 335. telispeople  |  March 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Hi all,

    Can anyone offer any info on Skinner North? Our oldest child (entering kindergarten) was just accepted into the program, but there seems to be almost no information about the school on the web. Also, some of the commenters on this thread mentioned receiving lottery results for magnet placement. Was that in the same letter as the gifted/classical test results, or should we expect another letter? Thanks in advance for your help, and a big thanks to CPS Obsessed for creating this excellent site.

  • 336. Mom  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    To the poster #326 who inquired regarding mail delays We, too, have not received a letter with our GEAP scores. Today, however, we received a LaSalle waitlist letter, mailed from downtown, 60603 zip code. It was mailed on 3/24 — in other words 3 days ago. If OAE letters are similarly mailed from that zip, depending on where you live, theoretically, it could similarly take 3 days for the letter to arrive. Let’s say your OAE letter was mailed on 3/25, the date they say the letters went out — keep your eyes peeled for it on Monday. Good luck.

  • 337. #326  |  March 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    #336 — thanks for pointing that out — we too received that LaSalle letter today post-marked 3/24. Excellent point!!!!!!

  • 338. AllCriedOut  |  March 28, 2010 at 4:24 am

    For those of you who haven’t received a letter yet, what Tier are you in?

  • 339. dave4118  |  March 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Our daughter also got into skinner north, I did the open house tour in Nov or Oct of 2009… was a fine refurbished three story building(formerly the Schiller school). They have kindergarten thru 2nd this year and plan to add a grade every year to 8th. They have another open house on April6th. The area stands in the middle of what was once the Cabrini Green housing projects; but almost all of those high-rises are torn down. There are two of those high-rises still standing, to the east and west of the school….but, the immediate area also has a wealth of new construction housing(gentrification) and a new police station less than a block away. I found the staff to be quite friendly and receptive at the open house, the principal was young, engaging and no fool…he was a former teacher, or principal at a tough inner city high school(i think Kelly on the southwest side, or Kelvyn park on the west side). My wife and I drove around the area again yesterday afternoon….it is still a dicey looking area….but don;t let the looks decieve…the school seems fine, and the area is seems safe…as safe as ‘the city’ could be.

  • 340. dave4118  |  March 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

    and walter payton prep is about four or five blocks south/southeast…so ourkids will be used to the area when they get accepted there! 🙂

  • 341. SchoolDazed  |  March 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

    We received our letter yesterday. My son scored a 140 in the gifted and for classical 110-Reading and the Math score was blank. Has anyone had any experience with a blank score? Will call IIT on Monday.

    We did not get into our 3 choices. Has Coonley sent out their wait list? Not sure if 140 will get us on the wait list.

  • 342. dave4118  |  March 28, 2010 at 8:04 am

    if your child tested to get into kindergarten, then it seems that only the scores are posted , not the breakdown of reading/math results…i think the kids that test into 1st grade that breakdown. Also, i don’t think there is a waitlist for coonley, what happens is that after the april 16th deadline to accept/decline various spots open up, and then those remaining in the pool of eligible applicants will recieve a call with an offer. so no formal waitlist.

  • 343. dave4118  |  March 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

    the magent letters are separate mailings.and those will have a formal waitlist # if one doesn’t get in on the lottery.

  • 344. telispeople  |  March 28, 2010 at 8:21 am


    Thank you for your insight. We will attend the 4/6 open house and see how things shake out….. As for the magnet letter, we’ll keep checking the mail for it.

  • 345. KMom  |  March 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

    @ Elizabeth

    You’ll have very high probability to get in LaSalle.
    We talked to the front desk who told us that top 10 wait list will have no problem to get in.

  • 346. completely baffled  |  March 28, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Regarding the delayed mail question for what Tier we are in, we are in Tier 4. My daughter’s birth month is May, and we tested her mid Feb. I can’t believe I have to wait another day, or even two to find out.

  • 347. SchoolDazed  |  March 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for the clarification :). Any insight on what the process of pool selection is? Are the kids in the pool “ranked” by gifted score.? Any insight on the on what the score range of kids that were pulled from the pool? Just trying to figure out if my son has a chance.

  • 348. SchoolDazed  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Just found the answer on this site to my question regarding the process. Thanks!

  • 349. dave4118  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

    no firm insights on pool ranikings…but it would seem fair that the rankings stay in place for the still eligible applicants…and no clue as to what the range of those still eligible apllicants might be…sorry

  • 350. SchoolDazed  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:08 am


    Thanks for helping.

  • 351. Eileen Thomas  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

    3 years ago, I was sitting in your exact shoes. Waiting for that letter to arrive in the mail…It has now been 3 years in a Regional Gifted Center and just please know what a committment this really is. Every weekend there is either HOURS of homework or some project which needs to be completed. There is sometimes 5 chapter tests in one week! (The study guides come home a week prior). This is a very serious program, in my opinion, and not for everyone. I struggle every year with whether or not I will send my daughter back. Not trying to be a buzz kill, but if you are expecting straight A’s, it is VERY RARE a child can achieve that. My daughter is one of 5 who got on 3rd grade honor role this year but the teacher keeps telling me she is struggling with reading comprehension. Straight A’s, but struggling???…..My only advice is that if you are accepted, be prepared for a lot of studying. My daughter seems very happy most of the time but still wonders why she has more to do than her sister or friends.

  • 352. neighborhood school parent  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I know that the majority of you on this strand are looking for gifted or classical problems; however, my son is an average kid who will not score high enough for a gifted/classical program, but I still want a great school. I am waiting to hear from our first choice, Ravenswood. I have heard a lot of great things about it. I heard that the new principal is really good and this school is on the move to becoming the next Nettelhorst. Does anyone know anything about this school? I know my son won’t get into a testing school, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want the best for him. Help!

  • 353. mrs2010  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Scholdazed…yes, yesterday I rec’d a letter with no scores at all…IIT was nice enough but of no help. I calledCPS and left a vm and got a call back on a Saturday night at 6:20pm….the CPS representative was AWESOME!!!!!

  • 354. Completely Baffled 2  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

    @completely baffled, I’m in Tier 4 too. My daughter has a March birthday and tested in November. So I guess those factors have nothing to do with the holdup. Maybe last name of the child? We’re in the letter B.

    Has anyone called about why we haven’t received a letter? I thought an earlier post on Friday said that they went to the CPS office and were told all letters were mailed out Friday.

  • 355. completely baffled  |  March 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    @Completely Baffled 2 – We are letter “I”. Who knows, maybe it’s just the postal system. I think I will try calling tomorrow, it can’t hurt. I wonder if they will be on spring break too…

  • 356. two cents  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    re: comment #351. I TOTALLY agree. It is really sad that we seem to have two public school options in Chicago – terrible and terribly hard. My sister sniggered at me when I was complaining about all of the projects and homework “This is what you wanted, isn’t it?”. No, this is not what I wanted, but my neighborhood school is terrible. RGC is not heaven. We have encountered serious behavior problems with classmates, as well. Some parents are crazy competitive. Yes, it is better than our local school but FAR from utopia.

  • 357. Baffled as Well  |  March 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    My child got a 94 reading and 64 math for the classical test for first grade. This makes absolutely no sense to me as my child is much stronger in math than reading. Did not get in but was told it was possible b/c of the high reading score. I doubt it. Have lost all faith in the testing process. The numbers are just too off. Any suggestions on the magnets? We have a pretty high wait list number at one of them. Should I call them every week?

  • 358. 2ndtimearound  |  March 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    @ sak (#325 post)

    did your older 2 children get into the same school? just curious. i am trying to get my 2 kids in the same school and cannot imagine w/ 3! especially, when children can be smart in many different ways that cannot always be measured on a test. keep us posted.

  • 359. sak  |  March 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    #358 (2nd time around)
    My two older are in the same RGC. My third missed it by a point last year so we are trying again. It’s been hard for the third knowing that the siblings are in an advanced program and does not have the same teachers. She LOVES her teacher now, but needs a challenge so we have our fingers crossed. Two of my friends have had all three of their children at the same RGC.

    I love our school. I LOVE the challenges it provides for my children and I couldn’t complain about all they are getting. That is why it is called OPTIONS. You get choices. My kids work really hard and yes, we spend time on homework, but both of my children in the RGC get straight A’s. They are also very active in extracurricular activities. I wouldn’t change their education for anything in the whole world.

  • 360. 2ndtimearound  |  March 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm


    what RGC are your kids in? we just got into one and of course knowing more about the school/program from different perspectives is helpful. what grades are your older 2 children in?

  • 361. milleniummom  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Still no word from GEAP. Wondering what is going on. Is this tier related or just the norm with CPS and OAE?

  • 362. Ijb  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    This is a question for two cents: Would you willing to share what kind of “serious behavior” issues you are talking about? I would also be willing to share my email if that would be better. We have been offered a spot at Skinner West. Our neighborhood school is not an option.

  • 363. amy  |  March 29, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Congrats on the Tribune article!!

    I just used your link and found out that we are actually Tier 3 not Tier 2.

    Do you think that the new tier system has adversely affected those with total high scores that should have gotten in? I wish that it had helped us. 😦

  • 364. Completely Baffled 2  |  March 29, 2010 at 8:19 am

    What is curious is that the census says we live in Tier 4, but our neighborhood school according to the 2009 report card data says that 84% of the students are low income. And the school’s neighborhood boundaries all fall within Tier 4, the wealthiest tier. Hmmm. . . I know there are pockets of wealthier residents, like in many areas throughout the city. But this is a very interesting contradiction! Why would cps choose to use 2000 census data instead of their own 2009 school data that reflects neighborhood attendance.

  • 365. Completely Baffled 2  |  March 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

    And no letter again today. . .

  • 366. completely baffled  |  March 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    @ Completely Baffled 2 – REALLY??!!! I guess I won’t get my hopes up then. This is really unbelievable. Have you tried calling?

  • 367. ChicagoCPA  |  March 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    regarding multiple children:

    We moved to the NW side of Chicago before we had children because it was a good balance between commute and good schools (Beaubien is a local + regional gifted school, so we seemed to be all set).

    Now that our oldest is 5 and scored a classical 175, we are again unsettled.

    I love the idea of the dedicated GEAP schools. I would like to lessen for my children the social distractions I had going to CPS (the daily fear of getting beaten up and teachers who had to spend more time with controlling the students than teaching and my struggle to develop relationships with other students who had no interest in education)

    I have been expecting to spend a good amount of time on homework either way (either to keep up with Classical or to fill in the gaping holes in neighborhood schools). So that should not be much of an issue. Either way they will get a decent education and either way, it will be a lot of work for them and for us.

    The issue for us is getting all three into the same school for dropoff / pickup / activity scheduling and will any one of three have problems keeping up their peers.

    So far, #2 and #3 seem very bright as well, but if the only way to get into the same school is by being in the top 99.5%… wow.

    We will just have to worry about them one at a time I guess.

    We never did push #1 very hard and they have never attended any preschool. That 175 was completely his own drive to understand everything and our willingness to spend the time and our patience to satisfy that curiousity.

    Now we have to decide how much we want to “push” the other two. I’d hate for them to learn to hate learning.

    However, I’d also rather not one child think that because they are going to different schools, that they are some how less than thei other sibling(s).

    In some ways, it would have been much simplier for us to have moved to the suburbs and have our children spend over 1 hour a day less with their father due to the longer commute.

    But then we would have the GEAP option.

  • 368. Christine  |  March 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    @Completely Baffled, just becasue your school is in a Tier 4 boundary, doesn’t mean the Tier 4 families are sending their children there. It also doesn’t mean that everyone in there is truly Tier 4. You could have a high number of renters who are lower income. You could have children that test into that school and atten but live in other neighborhoods, etc. But at the end of the day, regardless of who lives in that immediate area, they’re probably not sending their kids to school there.

    I’ll tell you that the number of lower income students can work in your favor when it comes to getting discretionary money from CPS. While my neighborhood school is in a Tier 4 boundary, we have a lower number of free/reduced lunch kids. Therefore, we only get about 150K in extra money from CPS. But it’s a good school for neighborhood and RGC. Some schools get way more money in discretionary than we do.

    I’ve never understood why they use 10 year old data. If this keeps up, I wonder when they’ll have the 2010 data to utilize.

  • 369. Patiently waiting  |  March 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    FYI according to OEA the Academic Center letters have NOT been mailed out!! “They are still waiting for approval to mail the letters out.” The rep did was not able to provide a date the letters would be mailed out. I’m speechless!!!

  • 370. completely baffled  |  March 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I called the OEA office this morning asking about letters still not received. The person I spoke to said they are asking parents to wait a couple more days for the mail, and if they still haven’t received anything they can come in for a copy of their letter. I plan to go down there in the morning if my mailbox is still empty today.

  • 371. NW Parent  |  March 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    We have yet to receive our letter 😦

  • 372. 2ndtimearound  |  March 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    to all of the worriers:

    something will work out. 2 years ago, we turned down a classical spot (for a # of reasons).(We also got into a school via the lottery) Once we turned them both down, we continued to get calls from an RGC plus a number of neighborhood lottery schools. We even received a call from Franklin in June or July. We thought we had found a good fit. as 1st grade progressed, we saw the need to test again and see what would happen, in addition to getting younger sib tested for kindergarten. Our oldest tested in again and got a spot at Agassiz . We have heard very little about younger sib except a #184 waitlist at Agassiz and nothing from GEAP yet. We also know people who got calls later in the year for spots and people who have selected RGC or classical and shortly into the school year found it not to be a good fit for their child. I know it seems like the most important thing in the world right now, but try to make the best of the situation and be ready for a call in the next few months. Also, if when school starts you are not in your ideal situation, call around to schools that you would be happy with and see if they have had any openings come up. Last but not least, if your child has to attend the less than desirable school for a year and you really feel that you need to help supplement their learning, a few great resources are from Prufrock Press and Pieces of Learning. Also, don’t underestimate the value of experiences and activities that help children learn as well. And talk to their teacher and see if he/she can differentiate for your child so that they are challenged.

  • 373. Completely Baffled 2  |  March 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Just came from OAE and got a copy of the letter. No crowds, no wait. Just give your child’s name and show your id. It appears all letters haven’t been sent out yet because my letter was dated with today’s date. No seat…105 gifted 126 classical. Keeping our fingers crossed for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds for classical with a 96th percentile.

  • 374. Amber Commodore  |  March 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    @SSObsessed…too funny(that’ll show them , whoever they are)!

    I too am on the south side, my 5yr old didn’t get into Lenart, so now we must wait for individual school applications. Our neighborhood school isn’t so bad, but we preferedGifted or Classical…

    So I guess we’re waiting like everyone else……………

  • 375. MomOf3  |  March 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    @SSObsessed…too funny(that’ll show them , whoever they are)!

    I too am on the south side, my 5yr old didn’t get into Lenart, so now we must wait for individual school applications. Our neighborhood school isn’t so bad, but we preferedGifted or Classical…

    So I guess we’re waiting like everyone else……………

  • 376. AIdan's mom  |  March 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I received a letter from Disney Magnet early last week. My son got a spot for Kindergarten. We are not sure what to do. Have to accept or decline by April 16th. If anyone has any feedback, I would love to hear it. His gifted score is 116 and Classical 108. We did not get into Coonley (are only gifted choice) and are on the wait list. Today we got a letter that he is #54 on wait list for Hawthorne. Still waiting to hear back from other schools. A friend tells me that if we accept Disney and then learn that we get into another school or Coonley, we cannot switch. Is that the case? Thanks!

  • 377. K to1st northside  |  March 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    @ChicagoCPA did you apply to Beaubien as well? If your #1 child is in the GEAP prog there, couldn’t your other children get in regardless of their score? My child was accepted for 1st gr at Beaubien, but we are east so it would be more of a hike in the other direction for us. Also still trying to gather more info about the school in order to make an intelligent decision. Would love to hear your current opinion of JBB.

  • 378. KCK  |  March 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    @ Aldan’s mom – from my understanding, you can accept the spot at Disney Magnet. If you get an offer from another school and decide to switch, you may but you just have to notify Disney.

  • 379. sak  |  March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    @k to 1st northside
    I have two children in the Beaubien Options Program. I have a third in the school who missed it by one point last year. You CANNOT get your kids in there regardless of score, unfortunately.
    Otherwise, my third would already be enrolled.
    We are still waiting for our letter. When did you get yours?
    Beaubien is a wonderful program. Many 1st grade parents are shell-shocked by the intensity of the program and take a while to acclimate. I myself thoroughly enjoyed the challenge the teacher presented to my child and her expectations of the students set them up for the rest of the time in the program. He is in fourth grade there and has straight A’s. His writing style is superb and he is very conscientious of his quality of work.
    It is wonderful; just be prepared to have your child work!!!!!

  • 380. K to1st northside  |  March 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks SAK! I guess I meant that siblings that didn’t score can still go to the school, but not in the Options Program–right? Your 3rd attends Beaubien as well? I have a son in preschool and assuming he would be able to attend. We received our letter on Friday. I believe we are in tier 3 and last name S RGC score 121.

  • 381. ChicagoCPA  |  March 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    @K to1st northside

    We would not “apply” to Beaubien because GEAP does not kick in there until 1st grade and our son is going to start K this fall. They would be able to go to Beaubien Kindergarten (a 1/2 day program there) simply because of our address.

    I doubt that there would be any preference given for a sibling in any GEAP program (including Beaubien).

    Yes, Beaubien is one of the better CPS schools (which is why we moved there) and testing into 1st grade Gifted there was our original plan. Getting into Decatur kinda threw us for a loop. We do prefer the 1 school approach there so we are accepting the slot (and now hoping we can get all three into Decatur… tho it does seem to be a very long shot).

    It was difficult building a case for Beaubien for my wife because very few (if any) stats seperate the two schools (gifted and neighborhood share the same building) and I have heard of some animosity between the two groups (the same is often true in high schools that have IB programs). We attended a walkthru at the school and were okay with it.

    It would have been a good option for us if fewer than all three of our children scored as “gifted” so that they can all attend the same school together.

    Someone said to me that he should attend K at Beaubien because the kindergarten teacher there has some say over who should advance to the 1st grade gifted program in Beaubien, however now that I have been thru the GEAP process, I am not sure how that would be the case.

  • 382. Southsideobsessed  |  March 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Ok so I call into work late today so that I could be home when the mailman arrived. The mail was late. I reluctantly left for work at 10:39 am. From work I called my fiancee and asked if he would go to my house and check the mail. He refused (he doesn’t understand). So when I got home, there was still nothing in the mailbox.
    I did take the other mail out of the box today.
    I am working from home tomorrow, so look out postal carrier IT’S ON!!!! If it’s not in the mail tomorrow then I am going to call.
    My son is born in October and our last name starts with W.

  • 383. Chathamgirly  |  March 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    My daughter scored RGC 126 and Classical 127, but we didn’t get any acceptances. Our 1st choice is Beasley because my son is in their gifted 3rd grade. Any chance she’ll get in next round???

  • 384. Sent Off Again  |  March 30, 2010 at 9:42 am

    ACADEMIC CENTER PARENTS…..I just called to find out if the letters would be sent since the approval for funding was allocated yesterday. I was told that the letters went out Last Night! And this time I was only on hold for 2 min…. AND… the lady was excited to say that they went out “LAST NIGHT” specifically. So maybe this time the letters are really coming 🙂

  • 385. babymoo  |  March 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

    to: telispeople (post 335) and dave4118 (post 339)
    or others who got into skinner north for K for the 2010-2011. What classical score did your child get?

  • 386. ChicagoCPA  |  March 30, 2010 at 11:09 am

    If your child is already attending a GEAP school (School A) and you apply for testing to get into a different GEAP school next year (School B), when do you loose your seat at School A for next year. (Which I also assume is the point at which another parent can try to get your existing spot in School A next fall)

    A) When you apply for School B in December.
    B) When they mail you your acceptance for School B (even if you respond NO) in March.
    C) After you respond Yes to that letter in April.
    D) After you tell School A you are not attending next year.

    I am guessing C, that as long as I do not answer “YES I accept” in April, that I have no fear of loosing our existing placement in School A.

    I can foresee a game being played where each child keeps applying for the other child’s school until all three are in one building.

    However we may not do so simply to keep them in the same class with their existing friends for all 7 or 9 years. But is character building to have to make all new friends right? 🙂

  • 387. Southsideobsessed  |  March 30, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Ok so the letter came and the postal carrier is safe. My son did not get into any of his selected schools.
    He scored a 121 RGC and a 105 classical.
    I was expecting a higher classical score but ok.
    We are still waiting to hear from the magnet schools and keeping our fingers crossed for any second round calls.

  • 388. parent  |  March 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Babymoo – my daughter got a 148, which was 99.9%. We released our spot as soon as we got the letter so someone else could get it. Good luck:)

  • 389. cpsmom  |  March 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Did anyone call IIT to get a further explanation of your scores? Just curious what they’ll actually tell you. It’s all so secretive.

  • 390. Stressed Out  |  March 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    @babymoo – dave4118 posted that his child received a 130 on the classical (post #158). What did your child get and what tier are you in, if you don’t mind sharing?

  • 391. Stressed Out  |  March 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    @cpsmom – I tried to call them earlier today but realized that they are not there today.

  • 392. babymoo  |  March 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Received our letter on 3/26 from geap for K
    Classical: 117
    GEAP: 115
    GEAP Cut-off is 115
    Doesn’t look good…surprised to see children scored so drastically different for geap and classical. For K, it’s only one test…

    Waitlisted at Lasalle #61, Franklin #52, Sheriden #21 and haven’t heard from a bunch. Has anyone been able to confirm whether their children who were waitlisted using neighborhood proximity, were indeed considered in neighborhoold proximity? I wasn’t aware that there were 61 kids going to K who live within 1.5miles of lasalle

  • 393. K to1st northside  |  March 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    @cpsmom and stressed out I left a message w IIT yesterday (after hours) and they returned my call promptly this morning. They explained the score which is pretty much what they had in the”understanding your child’s test scores” . Anything else they referred me to call CPS.

  • 394. wondering  |  March 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    dave4118 how did your child get in to skinner north my child got 115 gifted and 132 classical and didnt get in and your are lower than hers?

  • 395. Mom  |  March 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    #392 — For kids tested for entry into K, gifted and classical actually are two different tests administered at the same time. Each tests a different skill set — classical tests what your child already knows about academic subjects such as reading and math; gifted tests your child’s logical thinking, problem solving, etc., which is more a test of innate intelligence. It is not surprising that a chlid who has never been “pushed” to learn reading, writing, etc., would not score well on the classical, but, being innately intelligent, would score well on the gifted. And kids whose preschools prep hard for reading/writing/spelling probably see good scores on the classical test, even though their logical thinking and problem solving is more average. Then, there are kids who’ve learned a bunch, and so test well on classical, and also are intelligent on the dimension of critical thinking, and so test well on gifted. Sounds like your child did above average at both. Congrats.

  • 396. Stressed Out  |  March 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    @ wondering – dave4118 probably got in because he is in a different tier than you, and/or Skinner North was a higher preference than yours.

    I know the feeling, my daughter scored a 132 classical and didn’t get into Skinner North. My tier (4) and the fact I made Skinner North my second choice hurt me. i think I’m out of options.

  • 397. wondering  |  March 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    omg yes you do know how i feel this sux i have no clue what tier i am and dont understand this whole tier system…i feel like killing these people for trying new things with our kids

  • 398. Mom  |  March 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    #396, I don’t think your ranking of Skinner North as your second choice hurt you. Everyone is ranked in order of their score. Then, they go down the list. They attempt to place each child in order of their preferences — if the child scores high enough to get into #1, great; if not, they look at whether your score gets you into #2. If you can’t be placed by score in any of your preferences, you get a letter stating such. In other words, 132 was not enough to get into your first choice, nor was it high enough to get into your second choice — because other kids who had higher scores filled the first-round spots.

    Tier 4, on the other hand, did hurt you, because there is a lot more competition in that tier. You can probably assume that the test-in-only spots went to kids with higher scores than yours. For the reamaining 60% of spots, tier 4 only has 15% of the spots. It is quite possible that your child scored higher than the highest scorer in tiers 1, 2, or 3, yet there were too many kids above yours in tier 4 for you to be offered a spot. Whether that is a desirable outcome or not is a subject for a different debate.

  • 399. Stressed Out  |  March 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    @ wondering – If you want to find out your tier, here is the link. Just click on the map in the direction you want to go in. I’m curious if your as lucky as me with the tier. LOL!,CST-NWS-skuls24.article

  • 400. CPSnewbie  |  March 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I think rank can affect the outcome. If they get down to one last spot for Skinner North in say, tier three and you have two students with the same score but one ranked Skinner as their first choice and the other ranked it as there second, I believe they fill it with the “first choice” student. The problem is they are never really clear as to how they decide when it comes to similar scores, etc. When it comes to the upper grades it gets even crazier because for example, if they have two openings in 2nd grade at Coonley how do you break up two spots using the 40%, then 60% (four tier) system? Can you tell I’ve obsessed about this for a while now?!

  • 401. Stressed Out  |  March 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    @Mom – Since I didn’t get in now, in your opinion what do you think my chances are of getting in after April 16th?

  • 402. Chimommi  |  March 31, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Just got scores back, RGC 139 and didn’t get into South Loop, 2nd choice. First choice was Skinner West, but we were no where close with a 111 on Classical. I kinda expected that after asking my daughter about the test and she told me that they asked her to spell cat and she told them ‘c’; I think she got points off for smart-mouthedness!! Pretty bummed out, but keeping perspective and saying ‘no’ to stress! Though not in at our top school, she’s still smart as a whip 😉 Hoping for my real dream school LaSalle to come through…fingers double crossed!

  • 403. wondering  |  March 31, 2010 at 3:45 am

    @stressed out i checked and i think it falls into a tier 3 so im not sure. im curious to see if they will offer a spot to skinner north at a 132 can we ask if their is a waiting list?

  • 404. Chimommi  |  March 31, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Called IIT call center, only an answering machine and the mailbox is full, so you cannot leave a message.

  • 405. cpsgrad  |  March 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Does anyone know why a wait list number is provided for students that apply to the magnet schools but NOT the RGCs and Academic centers?

  • 406. Paul  |  March 31, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    To cpsgrad: I think there are no waitlist numbers for RGCs and Academic centers because there are too many moving parts to assign numbers. Magnet schools accept applications from everybody and there is no ranking of schools involved, whereas Gifted schools have test scores and application rankings to take into account. I could be wrong. CPSObsessed would probably know the answer.

  • 407. babymoo  |  March 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Spoke to GEAP Admin – here’s what she said cut-offs were to be considered for Kindergarten. The RGC info was in the letter I receieved but the Classical number was not.

    RGC 115
    Classical 113

    We’re Tier 2

  • 408. dave4118  |  March 31, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Sorry all, went on road trip to Mammoth Cave…nice. 131 on classical; tier 2. It does appear as if the tier system has made a difference.

  • 409. CPSgrad  |  April 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

    @stressed out
    Last year 2 of my kids got into RGC’s after the first round of letters. I realize now we were extremely fortunate but there is hope. Parents DO turn down the coveted seats, believe it or not!

  • 410. dave4118  |  April 1, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Oops, score of 130 on classical…..and tier 2

  • 411. JSC  |  April 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Can anyone tell me anything about Oscar Mayer school?
    We are thinking of taking our 5th grader out of a private school. She was accepted at Mayer.

  • 412. Panicking  |  April 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    At what point (wait list #) do you realize that there’s no chance you’ll get in to a magnet? My son isn’t accepted anywhere yet and I don’t have a back-up plan other than moving out of the city. This has been the most stressful, frustrating and demoralizing process. And if we stay in the city, my other son goes through all of this next year.

  • 413. getting in  |  April 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    @panicking What are your waitlist numbers? It is a lottery system however sometimes it seems like persistent parents do end up getting placements even when not in top ten on a waiting list. Visit the school , introduce yourself, call back to check if any openings. What is your neighborhood school?

  • 414. Steph  |  April 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    So, we tested with a score of 135 for the GEAP – 99% percentile in Tier 3. No spot thus far. Perhaps in the 2nd round, but seeing the scores reported here which are even higher…I’m not altogether very optimistic. We are hoping for a spot in a Kindergarten program.

    We are contemplating a move to Evanston, which has no gifted program in their public schools…partially to just have a spot at a good school.

  • 415. H's mom  |  April 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    For those who are wondering about Beaubien….I think it is an undiscovered jewel in the NW side of the city. My son is in the first-grade Options program there and it has been GREAT. It cracks me up that so few choose it!! (And grateful because it allowed our son to get a great spot last year!)

    His class started out at 30, but one child dropped out because she wanted to go back to her old, private school. Another child moved to another state. So, by Halloween we had just 28 students. We all wondered if they would go to the waiting list and they did not. We stayed at 28. I guess, in theory, that means we might have 2 spots open for second grade. Not sure how that works.

    Okay, sure. I wish we had recess. That would help make it more “fun” and kids could get their ya-yas out. By the time the day lets out at 1:45, they are ready to run!

    But the Options program kids have two computer classes a week (one Mac and one PC) and they learn Latin. Their teachers are awesome!

    The first couple of weeks were an adjustment for sure, because the kids are NOT babied. They are challenged from the time they step into that class. If your kid was babied in kindergarten, this will be an even tougher experience. Ex: they were given a HUGE (maybe 300?) list of site words to memorize before school started. Another example: the kids have to have discipline and self-control from the get-go. Blabbing out of turn gets your clip moved on the first offense. (There is plenty of time for them to talk at other times, so no worries.) The first grade teacher’s job is to teach, but also to get these kids ready for the challenging road ahead. Believe me, by the second month, most kids were on board with this and doing very well.

    I live in the neighborhood (we bought our house because of Beaubien), so he was definitely going there, but the Options program is a major plus.

    Friendships are a little tough because most of the kids come from outside of the neighborhood (buses, driven by parents/caregivers). You have to work a little harder to make sure your kid has some friends from class, but I suspect that is true for most of the gifted and classical schools.

    Speaking of gifted and classical schools, I suspect this is the same: some of the parents are scary nutjobs, for sure. They think because their kid scores well on a test it means they have a golden ticket and deserve the sun and moon. Some of them have raised obnoxious brats who tell their classmates and their parents things like “I am so smart, I should be in fourth grade now, instead of first.” Many of them are busy plotting their child’s high school and college trajectory in the first grade and make no bones about it. Keep your distance from the whackjobs and you (and your child) will do okay.

    Just my 20 cents’ worth of Beaubien and the process.

  • 416. Panicking  |  April 5, 2010 at 8:48 am

    @ getting in — our best wait list number (for those which gave one) is 40, which I assume is out of the question for getting in.
    Our neighborhood school is Robinson at 43rd & Lake Park.

    I’m completely disheartened at this point.

  • 417. New CPS Dad  |  April 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    FYI to those who have not received notifications yet. We applied for 3 magnet schools and have not heard from any and I now know why. We moved 2 years ago and never filled out the proper forms at our “publicly funded” pre-school. Apparently if your child goes to a publicly funded pre-school only that school can change your address. So even though our application forms had the correct new address the person entering our data in for the lottery could not change it in the system. So your old address was in the system. Our mail forwarding has ended so no notifications in the mail. I visited the Office of Academic Enhancement and was able to get our waitlist numbers but have not been able to get letter for our records. I have contacted them about this but have not heard back yet. I will update when I know more.

  • 418. wondering  |  April 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    A H’S MOM : if i may ask what did your kids score for the gifted testing for Beaubien?

  • 419. H's mom  |  April 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    #418: my son got a 126 last year. I questioned the program director at the time and worried that his score indicated he would not succeed/would be miserable in a gifted program. She basically told me to not worry, that the score is just a composite, and that he would do fine. That something in his detailed testing results might have been super-high that brought him “over the edge,” as it were. That composite business and the tier thing can make absolute numbers not that useful for us out in Parentland.

    My son has gotten just about straight As in the program and he loves it and his teacher, so things are good…for now. LOL.

    I know from talking to other parents that some of his classmates tested in the 120s, 130s and low 140s. I have no idea if any of them scored in the 150+ range. They also report that some of them (even the kids that scored higher than mine on the test) have gotten lower grades (Bs, Cs, and in some cases Ds) than he has and some of them have some low-level daily behavior issues (excessive talking, cheating, etc.). Soooo, that is my long way of telling you and other parents not to get too hung up on the scores as an indicator of success in the program.

    Hope that helps.

  • 420. Miss-B  |  April 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Has anybody had one twin accepted to a gifted center and the other not? One of my twins was accepted to South Loop. Our neighborhood school is Ogden. I’m thinking of sending them both to Ogden for Kindergarten to delay splitting them up. Am I crazy to turn down an acceptance letter to a gifted program?

  • 421. chicagomom2  |  April 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    What scores did parents see for acceptance to South Loop?

  • 422. Miss-B  |  April 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Our daughter got into South Loop with 142.

  • 423. cpsobsessed  |  April 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    @Miss-B: There are many valid reasons to turn down a gifted spot and many parents have done it (and are doing it even moreso these days as people have more faith in the neighborhood schools.) I know it is really hard to turn it down when the offer is in hand. The craziness of the system makes you feel like you “won” something and as a result makes you feel crazy to turn it down. From what I understand, Ogden is a really good school with involved parents and good resources. That along with keeping twins together are certainly very good reasons for staying put. But good test scores can be a way to get neighborhood schools to raise their bar and make sure they’re trying to provide enough stimulation for those kids. Good luck!

  • 424. Miss-B  |  April 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    @cpsobsessed: I really appreciate that response. We attended an open house at South Loop this morning. There they informed me that it was highly unlikely that they would have a spot for her twin in the Fine Arts Kindergarten. I’ve decided to decline the offer. Ogden seems like a good school, and I guess it’s more important to me at this point to keep them together than to get her into a gifted Kindergarten.

    I called CPS and told them I’d be declining and they told me to bring them the OAE confirmation form. Apparently, by doing that she’ll be re-entered into the pool of potential gifted applicants. I’d be happy to see her get into Pritzker, where she and her brother already attend preschool. They’re both wait-listed for Pritzker Fine Arts right now.

    Thanks again. Now I don’t feel like I’m handing a winning lottery ticket back to the 7-11 clerk.

  • 425. wondering  |  April 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    hey guys, has anybody heard anything with the second round beginning? also how was skinner north open house?

  • 426. jjr  |  March 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

    2011 any updates

  • 427. Ana  |  March 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I got the letter today. my son tested for 1st grade ; 116 for RGC but no score on classical just percentages: 99% reading and 85% math…didn’t get into any… As far as magnet school, he was offered Sabin, and waiting list #2 Pritzker, #8 hawthorne and #9 Coonley. i have some other ones but the wait list # is over 40. It kind of pissed me off a little that my son was tested without regard of the fact that he only started speaking English 6 months ago…so there was an obvious handicap….but I am very proud of his scores/percentages regardless.

  • 428. jjr  |  March 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    got mine also and 118 RGC and
    88% and 85% classical
    didnt get accepted to any

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