Let the Applications Begin! Woo hoo!
I woke up with much anticipation today, eager to see what new information or procedures might be on the cpsmagnet.org for the selective enrollment and “standard” school application. I am not disappointed. It’s interesting.
There are 2 applications: One for the selective enrollment elem schools (gifted/classical/academic centers) and one for what they’re calling the standard schools, meaning the lottery spots in magnet and neighborhood schools (and the oddly-named magnet cluster schools which are neighborhood schools.)
The gifted/classical paper form looks the same as in the past.
The standard school application is where it gets interesting. Oh, CPS does not disappoint. Remember the uncertainly we’ve had about the 20 school limit? There are 20 boxes in which to write a school number (and do not let your letters touch the sides of the box! All caps btw!)
There are also boxes to enter sibling information (3 siblings, 3 boxes each.) It doesn’t say how the sibling information benefits you. Does it give you some priority in a lottery? Or I suppose if you are applying to a magnet school with sibling priority maybe you need this form? In any case, the form says “If you do not already have child already enrolled in a school to which you are applying, you can use the sibling boxes to apply to additional schools.” Yeah! So some people can benefit from applying to 12 extra schools! Maybe this works out? People with siblings in a magnet school get one benefit, the rest of the public gets to apply to extra schools? I don’t know… it just struck me as funny and ripe with potential for complaints.
This list of schools says that if a school doesn’t have a code, it means they aren’t accepting kids outside the area, but I see Nettelhorst, Burley, and Blaine on there. I suppose it’s worth a longshot to apply to these? I know someone who’s kid was offered a 1st grade spot at Blaine this year so it does happen.
I have my PIN so I can theoretically try the Selective Enrollment elementary school application online. I’m curious about it, but I tend to like to wait until later in the enrollment period to sign up so my child would get tested later (when he’s way smarter – ha ha.)
If you find anything else interesting in the materials or you call OAE and get any other information, feel free to post it. I’m sure others would like to hear any updates or what CPS is saying on the phone today.
GO TO: cpsmagnet.org and click on Apply
UPDATE: If you read the comments on this post, you’ll see that one family had their application returned because they used the 3 extra sibling spaces to choose additional schools. Apparently CPS rejected that and requested that they fill it out with only 20 schools. Very unclear wording!