What would you ask a Selective Enrollment High School principal?

August 19, 2011 at 10:08 am 28 comments

Through serendipitous means (and the fact that I inject CPS into every conversation I have) I’m going to have the chance to talk with an administrator at one of the SE high schools.    This person *claims* they’ll answer any and all questions that are asked in a general way.   I assume this person has no idea the types of details questions we could come up with.  🙂  But I figure why not ask when we’ve got the chance?

Feel free to contribute questions in the comment box below.   I’ll then rank them from least to most nosy/invasive….

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Interview with Lake View HS’s New Principal Learn about Academic Center and SE High School Admissions

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  • 1. MarketingMom  |  August 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

    What components do you consider when making a Principal Pick?

    What types (qualities) of students thrive at a SEHS, which ones do not?

    How do you fill slots that are open during the school year?

  • 2. RL Julia  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

    What high schools would you consider for the kid who misses the SEHS cut-off?

    In what ways are the typical SEHS freshmen underprepared for the level of work at the SEHS’s?

    Do you teach grammar?

    How are students taught how to write both creatively and analytically?

    Do any of your classes or curriculums feature project based learning as a teaching methodology?

    Are there issues with gangs or drugs at your school?

    Is there any specific “social curriculum” in use to prevent bullying, teach tolerance etc… How are instances of bullying handled?

    What happens if a student gets pregnant- What supports are given?

    What are the biggest unmet needs at your school academically and/or administratively?

    What is the student to counselor ratio?

  • 3. cps Mom  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Do you offer block scheduling? Why or why not?

    Do you have a specific program in place for students experiencing academic difficulties?

    Do you have a mentoring program? Does the student follow the same homeroom teacher for 4 years?

    Do you offer a variety of class levels or strictly honors/AP?

    Is AP required for all students? How are AP students supported to take on the extra load? Will students need to give up sports to participate in the program?

    What is the typical activity in the building after hours? Do students have access to library/computers/tutors? What security is in place before/after school?

    What is the most ideal type student that would flourish in your environment?

    Do the teachers interact with students outside of class both academically (tutoring and intervention) and socially (clubs and school events?

  • 4. HSObsessed  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Do you think there’s a marked difference in the quality of the teachers at your SEHS v. those at the middle-of-the rank neighborhood CPS high schools?

  • 5. Junior  |  August 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

  • 6. mom2  |  August 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Those all all fantastic questions. Junior, you made me smile.

  • 7. Mayfair Dad  |  August 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    How much money will I have to donate at the silent auction to secure principal pick seats for my twins in a few years?

  • 8. IB&RGC Mom  |  August 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    How do you think your school compares to some of the top suburban high schools? Not just in test scores, but in everything – especially college readiness.

    Are the kids at your school happy?

    How much homework/studying are kids doing on an average night?

    Do you think all of the students (or most at least) are prepared for college when graduating?

    Are the kids overly stressed keeping up with the high demands of a selective enrollment school?

    What do you think of the neighborhood public high schools?

  • 9. Pointofview  |  August 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Roughly how many students do you lose every year because your SEHS is not a good fit or the student cannot do the high level work?

    Are you willing (as I’ve heard one of the Selective Enrollment High Schools does) to use some of your budget to provide busing for 9-12 graders who need it (as opposed to cutting off busing after the AC years?

    Are any of your teacher Teach For America alum?

  • 10. Curious  |  August 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Do any of your sports coaches allow student / athletes to play, if they have failing grades?
    Why isn’t the sibling rule allowed at any SEHS???
    Is Westinghouse College Prep the real deal???

  • 11. CPSDepressed (was copyeditor)  |  August 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    What would you tell kids who don’t get into an SEHS to do in order to prepare for college?

  • 12. Grace  |  August 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Off topic, but useful.

    Diane Ravitch, author and NYU professor of education and Steve Brill, author will discuss education reform on C-Span tonight 9:51

  • 13. CPSDepressed (was copyeditor)  |  August 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Another question: has the switch to tier-based admissions been noticeable in the classroom? Has it affected the quality of incoming students one way or another?

  • 14. kate  |  August 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    What are the differences in HS readiness amongst the freshman that come from private/neighborhood/gifted/magnet elem. schools?

    If you could – would you change the SEHS acceptance forumula – ISATS, grades, SEHS entrance exam ?

  • 15. anon  |  August 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I didn’t know where to post this. Did anyone know that they have posted a forum on the CPS website to discuss ideas for 2012 budget? Supposedly JCB wants to know what we think.

    http://www.cps.edu/News/Press_releases/Pages/08_09_2011_PR1.aspx

  • 16. anon  |  August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    or try this link

    http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/Financial_information/Pages/CPSIdeas.aspx

  • 17. Chicago Gawker-  |  August 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    How many transfers do you typically take after Freshman year?

  • 18. Alejandro  |  August 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    What is the new selective enrollment high school policy for the 2012-2013 application year?

  • 19. Hawthorne mom  |  August 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    #18, that’s an awesome question! Cause we all know it will be different next year just like it has been every year 🙂 CPS is pretty famous for not sticking to anything.

  • 20. another cps mom  |  August 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    What number & percentage of your students have a C or below cumulative GPA, by report card period (quarter?), by level (F S J S), by race, by IEP, by income, by ESL? Explain.

    What number & percentage of your students have Emotional Disorder special needs, by level? Explain.

  • 21. Uptown Mom  |  August 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

    @18: The Board of Ed will vote on the 2012-13 magnet/SEES policy tomorrow. Administrators propose no changes from last year:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-selective-enrollment-20110822,0,33520.story

  • 22. Uptown Mom  |  August 23, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I meant my post to read “magnet/SE schools policy” to include all selective enrollment schools (not just SEES).

  • 23. Hawthorne mom  |  August 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Wow. CPS doing the same exact thing two years in a row? I am not sure I have ever seen that in the 10+ years I have been associated with them, on anything, ever. Wow.

  • 24. Mayfair Dad  |  August 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Harmonized grading is low-hanging fruit. It baffles me why they don’t institute this. (Maybe if my kids were going to Lab school, I wouldn’t care either.)

    Let’s ask the SEHS principal if he/she supports harmonized grading scale and if not, why not?

  • 25. cpsobsessed  |  August 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

    There are great, you guys! The person *said* they would answer all questions, but I’m sure they have no idea of the depths of obsessive parent brains….

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 26. cps Mom  |  September 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Will there be a follow-up on this interview?….thanks

  • 27. cpsobsessed  |  September 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Still haven’t been able to set it up. Stay tuned….

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 28. alex  |  January 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

    what should i do if miss the exam

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