New magnet application process – limit of 20?
While I was at the education news focus group last night, I found out from someone attending that the magnet school application process is different this year! Jeez, I need to look at CPS.edu more often.
So instead of sending applications to each and every school, you complete one application that you send to the OAE (Office of Academic Enhancement.) The form allows for 20 schools. This ALSO includes neighborhood schools with open enrollment (meaning those that have room to take kids outside their neighborhood boundaries.)
So I called OAE to inquire as to whether you can submit 2 application for more than 20 schools. Hmmm, she didn’t know but I don’t think it allows for that.” I was like “I think you need to be ready for that question on October 1!” She went to check and came back with her brain reprogrammed by CPS: “You will find out the answer to that the day the applications are available on October 1st.”
I’m sure she will be flogged later for revealing any information before the “reveal” date. I can never tell with CPS if it’s about secrecy (well, yeah, I can tell that) or lack of information distribution.
What do you guys think of the 20-school limit, assuming it’s valid. It seems like it should be enough, but shouldn’t every child have the right to apply to every freaking magnet school? Actually, maybe it will make the process more streamlined as people will apply to the 20 that they are actually interested in and/or live near.
UPDATE: Another revision is that the applications for selective enrollment schools (gifted, classical, academic centers, SE high schools) can now be done online this year. Not sure I’m trusting that unless I’m guaranteed of a confirmation that lists the schools I applied to.
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UPDATE: A reader has informed us that he tried submitting an application using the 3 extra sibling spaces (the application states that if you do not have a sibling to report, you can use those spaces to select 3 additional schools.) The application was returned, requesting that he only select 20 schools.