Learn about Academic Center and SE High School Admissions

August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm 10 comments

Selective Prep is offering free sessions (one is full, one is still open) to learn about the application process for Academic Centers (grades 7-8) and Selective Enrollment High Schools.

Master the complexities of the Selective Enrollment High School Admissions Process.

Explore the NEW application process/timeframes, competitive environment, points system, and strategies for success. Registration is limited to 40 participants.

Registration for SelectivePrep’s 2011 FREE High School Admissions Seminars is NOW open!

The open sessions are Sat September 17th (one morning, one afternoon session) at IIT.

  • Who should attend: Parents of incoming 6th graders applying to Academic Centers and incoming 7th & 8th grade students applying to Selective Enrollment High Schools
  • High School Admissions Seminars are limited to 40 participants
  • Register now to secure your spot
  • Seminar Agenda:
    • Application process/timeframes. Outline of key dates and procedures
    • Competitive environment. Statistics on latest scores and competitive trends
    • Points system. Explanation of revised admissions criteria
    • New developments.Discussion of NEW socio-economic admissions policy, single offer admissions, principal selection process, October re-testing and other relatively recent developments.
    • Academic Center admissions. Overview of the process, timeframes, and test preparation
    • Algebra preparation. Introduction to CPS’ Algebra Exit exam and preparation for high school math honors programs.
    • Strategies for success:
    • Investigation. Uncover the facts with proper research
    • Calculation. Determine your status in the application process
    • Preparation. Discuss the exam and the SelectivePrep program

Register here:



Entry filed under: Academic Centers, High school.

What would you ask a Selective Enrollment High School principal? Magnet and Selective Enrollment School Admissions Process UNCHANGED for 2012/2013 School Year

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. CPSmama  |  August 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

    From todays Trib:

    For first time in three years, CPS admissions process for magnet and selective schools is unchanged


  • 2. klm  |  August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Thank God!

  • 3. HSObsessed  |  August 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    That’s very funny, that it’s newsworthy that there’s actual continuity from one year to the next! Funny, ya know, if it weren’t so painful, I mean.

  • 4. mom2  |  August 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I know many of you disagree, but I do think it is sad that they didn’t slightly tweak the sibling policy to allow children of teachers to be admitted to schools that don’t require testing to gain admission. It would have been such a simple change that would have helped those teachers have more time to devote to the school after hours and build the school community that everyone always wants in their school.


    I also found this comment to be a bit flawed: “One concern that was heard from the public on this issue is that there are high scoring
    students that are not being selected under the current system. Looking at the data, however, it was found that only 92 students who scored above 800 were not selected by at least one of their choices. This represents about 4%, which is on par with numbers
    seen under the consent decree. Out of these 92 students, 49 (53%) of them only chose one or two schools, a decision that made it more difficult for them to receive an offer.”

    What is flawed is that 800 is not their cut off score. 650 is the score that they feel is required to gain admission to an SE high school. So, if they looked at the number of students that were not selected by at least one of their choices, I bet their results would be dramatically different. And I am pretty sure it was the meetings on the north side of the city where people were saying that their tier 3 and 4 students were not being selected for schools near their homes. I wonder why they picked 800. Seems random and not at all in line with their 650 policy.

  • 5. 3 kids 3 schools  |  August 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I think their reason for picking 800 is that it is a really high score, so they were looking at whether and to what extent those kids with super high scores were denied admission to any selective enrollment school as one of the concerns with the tier policy is that some super high scoring kids could be shut out entirely and certainly they don’t want the policy to harm the the brightest kids.

    The 650 cut off score addresses a different concern, kids scoring below that might not be able to thrive in the school.

    I am surprised to hear that such a large percentage of those kids only applied to one or two schools, must have a private school back up.

    I’m not in favor of automatically admitting teachers kids as it would seem to make it all the less fair that a teacher at the district’s worst school makes the same as a teacher at the best school but do think reasoned magnet school principal discretion would smooth out this and other issues so I too was surprised that all the concerns were brushed away.

    My bottom line on this year’s report is that CPS has put so much energy into this issue the last few years and in the last six months has had so many other challenges/transitions that they felt it time to give it a rest for awhile and focus on other things.

    As I’ve had a few years to mull over the policy I’ve concluded that it is fair to nobody (since so many people don’t live in the “right” tier) but that it might be accomplishing the goals of diverse schools for the most part due to sheer volumes of number.

    The biggest drawback of the system to me is how it likely plays out in SEES admissions where the #’s are really too small to get down to the test scores of any kid who “belongs” in a lower tier according to the SES factors, it just won’t work since at a typical RGC there are only 5 incoming kindergarteners from each tier! Of course the #’s are also too small for them to release any data on this group due to confidentiality concerns.

  • 6. Hawthorne mom  |  August 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Maybe another thread needs to be started, but did anyone else see on the news tonight that next school year (2012-13) will be 2 weeks longer and 90 minutes added onto each day? Just like Emmanuel said.

  • 7. Newish  |  August 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Is this repacement method creating racially diverse SE schools in CPS? More diverse per SE school than under the consent decree?

  • 8. mom2  |  August 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Hawthorne Mom – I didn’t see that on the news. I know Emmanuel has said he wants something like this, but I haven’t read or seen anything that said a specific deal or plan was reached for 2012-13. I’m fine with that plan as long as the extra 2 weeks are either made up of less days off or starting a bit earlier. They cannot end later or it will interfere with summer jobs my child needs to be available for.

    Newish – I believe they have stated that statistically, the new method is very similar in diversity results but that Hispanics did slightly better with the new method and blacks did slightly worse (which is why they tried other things such as adding in those extra NCLB kids at the tail end).

    Although I’m sure we all believe in diversity or we wouldn’t live in this city, I still wonder how CPS can get away with any program that they outwardly state is designed to ultimately admit kids based on race. I know they don’t know their race when they are picked which is why it is better and maybe not illegal, but the goal is still the same as the consent decree.

  • 9. Uptown Mom  |  August 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    @8: You can read about it here (and there may be a video clip)

    My speculation is that the extra 2 weeks (10 days) will come largely if not entirely from all the professional development days off school. In NYC (where Brizard worked), the school calendar appears to have far fewer PD days during the school year, and more when the children are not in school. Also, didn’t UNO/other charter school eliminate PD days as CPS student days off for the 11-12 year?

  • 10. kevin salter  |  May 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Selective Enrollment Program to be added at South Shore International College Prep – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cps-new-selective-20120521,0,7382609.story

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