If you’re still waiting for letters…
If you still haven’t received notification from any schools, you can call the Office of Academic Enhancement at 773-553-2060. They should be able to tell you your waiting list position on every school you applied to (not for gifted/classical.)
I don’t understand WHY if the information is all centralized, they don’t send out ONE letter per students like GEAP does. Well. When I am in charge, that will change!
After the responses are collect by April 16, CPS will recalculate all the new openings and start on round 2 of contacting parents. Keep in mind that there will STILL be more openings in many schools/classes before the end of the year and over the summer as people decide to move, get spots in other schools, etc. It is a gradual process.
If you’re in a good spot on a waiting list (probably 10 top for sure, maybe even up to top 20 in certain schools) it could be worth staying on the radar of the admin and school clerk. Nobody really knows what happens in the middle of July when the school buildings are hot, things are a bit more casual, and a space opens up. Will the school clerk want to bid out that formal lottery list and start working her way down (knowing full well that many families will turn the spot down since they’ve landed elsewhere.) *Might* it not be easier to just call that family who you know will say yes? Hmmmm.
No idea if this is what happens, but just in case, it can’t hurt to stay visible. Those hot school buildings and fumes from the asbestos and lead paint might make people do crazy things… 🙂
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